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Hi, does anyone know how to remove the rear light cluster on a R32? I've had a look already and undone ALL the screws/nuts I can see but the thing will not budge, and I dont want to force it. :confused: Any ideas/experiences?

Cheers, Ian
 

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hi big boy, when i took mine out i took all the screws out but it also was bonded in with sealer you`ll just have to use a bit of force and a sharp blade to cut the sealer as your pulling, but be careful just nice and steady cos that sealer is strong stuff, hope you manage to do it without too much trouble.
 

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That's the stuff!! Try and get a pair of latex gloves on as this sealer is a real bugger to get off your skin :mad:
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Get a heat gun or a hairdryer will do. Apply heat and the sealant will start to go soft, you should then be able to prise it apart. Cleaning wise, use tar remover, job done, hope this helps?
 

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Cheers guys, think I'll give that a miss!! The problem is that its half filled with water as the boot seems to be leaking. I think I know where from as I have fitted a boot pin switch for the alarm (drilled hole in drain channel just above light cluster-was the only place it would work). I know, I know it was stupid of me to think that if I drilled it tight enough it would be watertight. :chairshot Duh. So now have bilge pumped the water out! and silicon sealed the switch-nicely of course!

So, with that info you guys have kindly provided me with, knowing that there is a seal, I dont really wanna break that and potentially cause another leak, I'll leave it and try and suck the water out of the lenses with a straw...:chuckle:
 

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may not be the switch as mine leaks too think its coming in around one of the the lights gonna have proper look over xmas.
 

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Water tends to run off the boot lid, into the gutter, onto the top of the lights and then through that horrid sealant sonehow, and fill up your rear qtr with water.

You MUST SORT THIS ASAP or rust will set in fast!!! You have been warned! :(
 

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Mava, Scott, had a look when I got home from work tonite and found that it had fecking filled up again, and to my horror it is coming through EXACTLY where you guys have said-sits on top of the cluster then runs through the 'seal'-ha! I fecking saw it happening!!! AAARRRGGGHHH- both sides now!:puke:

Yesterday I put tissue paper under the boot pin switch and the fixing holes for the spoiler just to see if they leaked-BONE DRY!:thumbsup:

Would usual silicon sealant be the job or does anyone recommend another product?
 

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Any sealant should do it, just ask your local motorspares place.

But before you apply it to the car it's worth getting used to using the applicator gun as they have a mind of their own sometimes and as said earlier it can be a real pig to clean up.

May pay you to losen the clusters as originally planned and go the whole hog, but try an clean off the old stuff first so as to get a perfect seal.
 

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I went to my local Nissan dealers and bought a roll of the nasty black sealant, removed the lights, cleaned them up and refitted with new sealant.

Mind you, I had to throw away a perfectly good screwdriver as I could not clean the black crap off of it.
 

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i used normal silicone but did a half arsed job as wasnt in the mood seemed to stop it for a bit but im taking them out over the xmas hols and making sure they are silicones from every which way lol
at work i sell a black silicone which is very sticky but sets, its designed for ponds called gold lable and seals and sets underwater, will be using this for mine as it worked a treat when reconditioning my afms.
 

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Legendary bodywork specialist 'Dent Tim' Hughes took my back light out to get rid of a tiny ding in the back quarter, that horrible sticky stuff, as mentioned in the thread, never goes off, but forms a perfect seal again once the light is remounted.
 

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Bitument sealent

Instead of silicone you may want to try a bitument based sealer, this is similar to the stuff that the factory use when assembling the lights. more flexible than silicone which means you'll be able to remove the lights if you should ever need to, i.e. if you were to upgrade to LED lights. Silicone is more difficult to remove once it cures. B&Q sell a tube of roof and gutter sealent, this is the stuff i used and its worked for me.
 

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B&Q sell a tube of roof and gutter sealent, this is the stuff i used and its worked for me.

God NO!!!!!
No offence aki, but don't dodge it, its not worth it.

The proper Nissan stuff is a kind of bitumen, and about £5 a roll.
 

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So where do I get this proper nissan stuff then? Local stealer? And when you say £5 a 'roll', how do you apply it if its on a roll?
 

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Easy but expensive

After approching this thorny issues after seeing water pouring in from the gap between bodywork and light cluster I have emerged triumphant!

Undo nuts x 4, get busy with the hair dryer (not much heat needed) and prize the cluster off carfully at the top by the screw housing. After very little work it came out very easily. I then used AutoGlym tar remover which cleaned the black sealant off very well (fingers included).
After seeing the large gap I decided to get the proper stuff from Nissan BUT it came to £20 (!!!!!!!) per roll which, if used as it comes off the roll, will do one light cluster. If I did it again I would measure how much it takes and strech the roll to do both.
The last thing I thought was nesessery was to do little rolls of this sealant and wrap them round the base of the screws as there was one rubber washer (which fell apart). On close examination there are gaps in this area so this will let water in if not sealed.
One light done (ran out of sealer), next one to do and then I'll tackle the new leak which seems to be coming from the grommet for the AWD hydrulic pipes.
One day I will have a dry boot!
 

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Nice one Nick, I too WILL have a dry boot! When it stops pi55ing down with rain long enough for me to take off the insulation tape I've used to cover the gap between the cluster and bodywork (its working!!) and get back to it!! :clap:

Would love to know where Scott gets his from at £5 a roll, unless of course you were ripped off!!!
 
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