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Failed inspection today

Today I had my car inspected and it failed to my big surprise. One bad spindle joint, a broken mirror glass. I did that myself three weeks ago
Then they complained about the headlights, the lens or is it called reflector in english I´m not sure were burnt or rusted. Can the glass be taken off and the lenses/reflectors be fixed or do I need to find new headlights? Are they even available?

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THAT car failed an inspection??? Wow... in any event you can "polish" the headlamp lenses with something called a headlamp restoration kit. You will remove the haze from your plastic headlamp lens (this is what makes them appear "cloudy") and then clearcoat them (which is to help keep them looking clear for a few years). You can probably find someone on this forum to sell you a new mirror glass (such as Fred Kiehl).
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THAT car failed an inspection??? Wow... in any event you can "polish" the headlamp lenses with something called a headlamp restoration kit. You will remove the haze from your plastic headlamp lens...
Fleetwood lenses are fluted glass. He must mean the reflectors inside...? Not sure how they could be rusted on these, though...


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Shoot us a pic. If it's the actual glass headlight then the only issues can be weather somehow got inside the capsule and corroded or crazed the backing reflector. Perhaps a bulb was used at some point that was not the proper application and burnt the backing.

If it's the large cornering lamp then you may need a plastic restorer kit.

To answer your question the glass can be separated from the can (I believe) by gently heating and pulling the urethane mastic bead.

Headlights are not available new anymore. It looks like they are getting $50-150 each on e-bay.
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Ok then reflector is the proper name for what I mean. Mine are rusted or burned. It´s not the stock bulb in there, maybe these got too hot?? I told them that I only use the car in summertime when it never gets dark but that didn´t help. They Always find something to complain about.

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Good luck finding good headlights - they are not available new, only used. And prices are pretty high. I walked this road - nothing you can do to make reflector better. If it is oxidised (black), then its gone. All kind of paints or mirror tapes doesnt help.
I even tried hydrochrome - too hot for this.
Glass is removable carefully, like 96Black wrote...
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Good luck finding good headlights - they are not available new, only used. And prices are pretty high. I walked this road - nothing you can do to make reflector better. If it is oxidised (black), then its gone. All kind of paints or mirror tapes doesnt help.
I even tried hydrochrome - too hot for this.
Glass is removable carefully, like 96Black wrote...
If that is true I guess I have to try to get two used headlights. I found two over here at a US car scrapyard. I will check the condition and how much they are asking.

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As I thought the "swedish" headlights were ridiculously overprized. - 360$ for the pair.
I will get those in the link above. Seller claims they are ok.

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Besides ebay there is also

car-part.com

Which brings up a huge database of scrapyards.
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