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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 29-07-2013, 17:29 Thread Starter
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Broken headlight glass Laika Ecovip 400

I have a Laika Ecovip 400 on a Ford chassis, left hand drive 1997/8. The glass on the headlight has been broken on the offside. Does anyone know if I can replace this without having to buy the complete unit - which is undamaged, if so where could one be obtained.
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Headlamp units are usually one piece. Try ringing your local Motor Factors just giving them details of the base vehicle. Being an older model it may not be too expensive. One thing though, you will only get a right hand drive unit. Have the headlamps been changed in the past? i.e. do the lights pass MOT without having beam deflectors or masks fitted?

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As your van is presumably an A-class you might find that the lamps are not those of the base vehicle, but something the designer thought suitable for his/her design of the front. My 2005-based Mercedes EuraMobil has headlamps from BMW 520 series circa 1998-2004. So if your motor factors are unable to help it might be worth visiting a decent car/van breakers yard with your broken lamp to see if they can identify it - and hopefully replace!
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Hi I seem to think they came from a ford escort (rs?) could they possibly have a part no. on the glass?
Just a thought or as Pard says breakers etc good luck.
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Hi,
The previous poster is correct, I once owned a 400 which had condensation in the lamp and considered replacing it but after a lot of researching at a motor factors it was identified as a ford escort from one of the faster models ( cannot remember which ) but we could not identify the correct year, there where different lamps for different years and I was required to pay up front before they ordered one it could have worked out costly before I found the correct lamp.
The unit could be returned each time minus a return charge.

May be you could source an online breaker specializing in RS escorts, it is not going to be an easy search.
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Thanks to all for taking the time to reply. Will certainly pursue all avenues suggested. The 'van has passed all MOT's with masks fitted so lamps are original.
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You can ignore most of my post if yours is an A class as it wont be fitted with headlamps related to the original base vehicle. However you may find a local Motor Factor who has illustrations in his headlamp listings and they may be willing to give you some help in this way.

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Hello laikalil,

sorry to reply so late.

I have a 400i 2002 version but as far as I am aware they are basically the same model. We found out that our headlamp was from a Ford Escort Cosworth.

we found this out from asking a Ford parts dealer to enter the serial No. on the headlamp unit into their computer and up came the details.

Mine is also a left hand drive model but I have had no problems with the lights.

Hope this helps.

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