The owner of this 2006 Vauxhall Astra popped in to ask us if we could change a headlamp bulb for him. The bulb in question was for the offside dip beam, and the quickest and easiest way to gain access is to pop out the air filter housing. This is only secured by one torque screw at the rear, so once the hose clips are loosened and the induction hoses slipped off, the air filter housing can be lifted up and out. Access to the headlamp bulb is then far greater, making the job of replacing the bulb much easier.
With the air filter out, it also revealed a problem of which the owner was unaware: the engine mounting was beginning to fracture. The rubber had weakened and the inner section was now moving about sufficiently to hammer against the outer bracket, damaging the body of the mounting. After the bulb had been changed, the owner booked in the Astra for the mounting to be changed.
Hidden from view until the air filter housing was removed, the mounting had fractured.