Now the Renault Modus isn’t a bad little car really, but it has at least one appalling design flaw: changing any of the front bulbs generally involves removing the whole front of the car!
Anyway, I recently had to change one of the sidelights, and read online that it’s possible to do this by removing part of the front grille. I couldn’t find any pictures, so I decided to take some photos as I did the job in the hope it might help someone else in the same position!
To start with, here’s a picture of the side light from the front. The bulb (circled below) is a 501 (W5W) which is 12V and 5W.
When you lift the bonnet, there’s a rubber seal along the front edge. This is clipped into place at both ends with a plastic clip, and can be gently popped out as shown below, to reveal a plastic tab (centre of photo below):
If you lift (and jiggle) this tab, you can pull out a long plastic shaft as shown below. Once removed, this releases the front grille.
Having completely removed this, the grille can be popped out of the front panel as shown below with the plastic locking shaft. This needs care, to avoid breaking the tabs. Before removal I also popped out the four round plastic clips to free the top edge of the front panel so that I could see the rear of the grill, and this gives a bit more flexibility, but probably isn’t essential. To remove the grille, I pulled the lower edge of the grill forward and up (pivoting around the upper clips).
After you have removed the panel (hopefully without breaking any of the retaining tabs…) you will be left with a hole like this:
If you look inside here, you can see a rotary cover for the side light. Unscrew this and it will reveal a black plastic cylinder. This simply pulls out and you will find the bulb pushed in the end.
Pull the bulb out of the holder and replace. Remember to refit the cover and test all the bulbs before reassembly.
This is quite a quick job and is much, much simpler than replacing the headlights, but that’s a story for another day!