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BigMikeD215 01-10-2013 12:46 AM

pain in the arse just for a headlight
 
why must i take out the whole headlight assembly just to replace the bulbs.. the tail lights are uber easier yet i find that most fustrating.... all i want to do is enjoy my sylvania silver starr ultras but i cant because i dont wanna have to use a jack to crack that bolt under the wheel well.. sheesh is that too much too ask or am i a total noob who doesnt know how to replace it without touching screws and bolts. [?|][?|][?|]

sleepyboy 01-10-2013 12:49 AM

You don't have to take the light off to replace it. Just take the back cover off and there is a weird type of lever holding the bulb in. You push and move it over and it lets go of the bulb. I wish I could be more descriptive but it's been a while since I had to replace one.

fhh02a 01-10-2013 12:50 AM

paul is right

you dont have to remove the whole headlight housing but it makes it easier to replace the bulb. (to me)

you do have to remove the bolt by the wheel to get the thing out...sorry

sleepyboy 01-10-2013 01:00 AM

It makes it easier in the fact that you can see the weird clip thing that holds the bulb in lol

fresh1dougie 01-10-2013 02:44 PM

Slow down
 
First remove the circular black rubber cover on the back of the housing assy. Pinch the little release lever carefully on the wiring harness and pull back and lay aside for the moment. In this opening you will find a black plastic locking ring. Carefully twist it off. (visually note the orientation of the ring), next remove the bulb assy. Reverse these steps to install. A little dab of dielectric on the contacts may prevent future corrosion. These parts are brittle plastic so be patient as not to break anything, they break easily. The right headlight assy can be tricky, as the battery is located right behind the opening.But it can be done. Estimate 30 mins job time total for both. Good luck.

matmatician 01-10-2013 04:28 PM

Yeah, I just did mine last night... No removal required :P oh well, now you know how to do that for the future! I did have to remove my Steeda intake though. Took all of another 5 minutes.

Sniper Focus 01-10-2013 05:22 PM

I've taken out my headlights dozens of times. I never jacked up the car to get at the lower bolt, it's easy to feel around for.

There are worse cars to change a bulb in, on my buddy's Civic you have to drop the front bumper cover!

BigMikeD215 01-10-2013 09:32 PM

pics would help.. i physically cant see the lever which sucks.. i can only see so far in and turn my body lol.. i know that once its shifted and pulled i can get the bulb out.

do i feel the left or the right for the lever....boy its awkward the first time.

Yea i know it could be worse. alot worse.. like i said a pita.

BigMikeD215 01-10-2013 09:53 PM

someone on yahoo suggested a mirror to see the un seen.. genius idea. Im gonna attempt it again[scratch] in the A.M.

swansong 01-10-2013 11:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sniper Focus (Post 4534369)
I've taken out my headlights dozens of times. I never jacked up the car to get at the lower bolt, it's easy to feel around for.

There are worse cars to change a bulb in, on my buddy's Civic you have to drop the front bumper cover!

Didn't know that it was accessible from above, I've always jacked it up or used ramps to get at that lower bolt! Once I'm under the car I can find it blindfolded though lol.


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