Mechanics

CHANGING HEADLIGHT BULBS

1997 Honda Accord

1997 Honda Accord 4 cyl Automatic 134, 00 miles

I have a p reg (97) honda accord LS coupe.

Both of my dipped beam headlight bulbs have now blown, (not at the same time) I have looked up on the net how to change the bulbs on this model and every answer is making out the person asking the question is an idiot. The answers basically say duh just twist the bulb holder behind the headlight and pull it out! These morons have obviously no idea what a honda accord looks like. There is no room behind the headlamp unit to get even one finger behind it let alone your whole hand to hold it and twist it out! Everything is butted up so close to the back of the unit I guess you must have to take out the whole headlight unit but how, I have tried undoing all the visible screws but nothing moves.
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Les m
July 17, 2010.




I'm sorry everyone has been so rude about their answers. I looked up how to change the bulb on that model in a manual and it does say just to disconnect the connecter and push it out of the way. Then carefully remove the bulb. It does say that there is limited room to do this so it may take a few minutes. If you can't seem to get it like this with the limited room, here is the instructions on how to remove the entire headlight assembly so you can get your bulb changed.

Use Philips screwdriver to remove screws for the turn signal housings in the bumper. These are located in the air intake vent in the center of the bumper cover. The screws go in at an angle, one on each side. From the center, gently pry the housings out. Twist the bulb sockets to disconnect.

Use Philips screwdriver to remove screws from tabs in the top of the corner parking lights, gently pry forward to remove from fenders. Don't skip this step, or the bumper cover coming back can break these fragile parts very easily.

Use a long extension and a 12mm socket through the turn signal openings, remove the bolts that hold the brackets to the front radiator support. Four bolts total, there are one on each side of both brackets. Note, do not remove either bolt from on top of the brackets.

Remove the small bolts from each upper corner of the bumper cover, up in the wheel well opening. The bumper should now lift up and then pull forward, with the cover still attached.

Remove 10mm bolts from the headlight housing. They are on top, and on each lower corner. These are NOT accessible with the bumper and cover still installed, on any 1994-1997 Accord.

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Richzombie
Jul 17, 2010.
All Accords from 90 onwards do have very limited space to work with and you require a deft and tiny hand to be able to do the job.

For the right side, removing the battery would allow slightly more room for accessiblity.
For left, pull the power steering reservoir from its seat.

Removal of the bulbs is not that difficult, installing is the main concern. You have to ensure that the bulb is seated correctly and you have to depend more on feel rather others as you don't have easy visual of the process.

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KHLow2008
Jul 17, 2010.
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Net-doctor
Jul 18, 2010.

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