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Changing the headlight in a '02 Mazda tribute

How do you get the bulb out? Do you have to take off the rubber boot first? Just pull off the 3-way electrical connection? Turn it/twist it? Thanks. Bob

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The bulb is actually very easy and straight forward to replace.

If you are replacing one bulb, I suggest doing both at the same time and a twin pack is less than buying two packs seperately.

  • Removal
  1. Holding the connector on the sides squeeze and pull back away from you.
  2. Once the connector is removed, gently pull the rubber boot back.
  3. This will revail a snap type of clip. NOTE bottom of clip does come off. Push each top side of the clips towards you to relase them.
  4. Once the tops of the clip are undone let the clip swing down.
  5. slide the bulb out of the lens.
  • Install
  1. To install the new bulb ensure the three keys are properly aligned with the lens when installed.
  2. Install buld into lens.
  3. Place clip over bulb.
  4. Place boot over bulbs making sure it is fully engaged into lens.
  5. Push connector back onto bulb.
  6. Check lights to make sure everything works.

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There can be slight variations in procedure from one model to another when replacing headlights. For instance, on some models the turn signal light assembly must be removed before the headlight can be replaced. Overall, however, the procedure does not differ much from the following typical instructions.
Make sure the replacement bulb is the same type and part number as the one that is being replaced.

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Comparing the old and ther replacement headlamps.

To Replace:

  • Remove the headlight bezel retaining screws. Remove the bezel. If necessary, disconnect the turn signal lamp wires.
  • Remove the retaining ring screws from one or both lights.
  • Remove the retaining rings.
  • Remove the light from the housing. Disconnect the wiring connector from the back of the light.
  • Push the wiring connector onto the prongs at the rear of the new light.
  • Place the new light in the headlight housing. Position it so the embossed number in the light lens is on the top.
  • Place the retaining ring over the light and install the retaining ring screws. Tighten them slightly.
  • Check the aim of the headlight and adjust it, if necessary.
  • Install the headlight bezel. Secure it with the retaining screws.
  • Connect the turn signal lamp wiring (if it was disconnected).

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