Look directly behind the headlight box if there is a rubber sleave covering the plug take it off. Unplug the wires from the bulb, there may be a saftey clip you will have to pry up to get it off.after you get the plug off the bulb holder should twist counterclockwise then it will pull right off.When you change the bulb just remember to wipe your body oil off the bulb before attaching it back into the headlight box. Then plug it back in and your in business. The high beam has three wires and the low beam has two wires. The bulb will have to be the right one. God Bless You Greg
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Low beam head light bulb replace 2000-2006 Mazda Mpv .... My step dad and I successfully replaced a headlight yesterday! :-) ...I've lost it trying to replace the bulb. if anyone can let me know I would really appriciate it thanks ! ..... 5:00. Cleaning your IAC to fix rough idle on 2000 or 2001 Mazda MPV ...
First thing to do is confirm that the low beams are actually on when they are supposed to be, and the same for the high. If they are, it is possible that some time in the past an owner simply reversed the bulb assemblies when they removed them to do a bulb replacement. My son's 2001 Sonata uses the same bulb for both high and low beams. It is possible to put them back reversed if you take them both out at the same time. Just try removing the upper bulb assembly and installing it the lower position and put the one that was in the lower position in the upper. If what you say is true, just reversing the bulbs assemblies should solve your problem providing your sonata model is the same as my son's.
I was able to locate an owners manual for the vehicle. The large plastic weatherguard protecting the headlight bulb connections needs to be rotated CCW about 90 degrees, and removed to provide access to the bulbs. Then remove the center connection for the low beam and release the spring clip retainer to release the low beam bulb. Replace with new bulb and reconnect/reinstall retainer clip, center connector wire, and weatherguard. Note that this is the procedure for the Turbo Baja...non-Turbo model is different.
It is really not that difficult for an 01 qx4, and if you order the bulb online you'll save enough money that if it takes you two or three tries (and bulbs) you'll still save over what the dealer or a mechanic would charge you:
Don't touch anything on the new bulb besides the plastic base (don't touch the glass!)
1.Make sure you disconnect the battery before anything else (you don't want to get shocked by these high voltage babies).If you're replacing the passenger side bulb, take the battery out for more room to work, especially to see what's going on in there (you can undo the air filter case on the drivers side for the same benefit, again--disconnect the battery first).2.Find and unscrew the round, black, plastic lid behind the headlight, it's up and to the left.3.You'll see a shiny metal connector with electrical warnings printed on it and Michael Jackson glove looking wiring attached to it.Turn that gently to the left to open up access to the actual bulb(you'll now see the bottom/back of the bulb--a black circle with a small metal tip in the middle).4.Unhook the two metal braces that hold the bulb in place (push in gently to let wire out--kind of like unhooking a bungee cord or unsetting a mouse trap).5. Pay attention how the two divots on the bulb case line up with the little nubs at the top of the encasing (you have to put the new one in lining up the same way.)6.You can now take out the bulb.You might consider practicing the replacement sequence with your old bulb that you just took out before sticking the new one in there--just to get the hang of it so you aren't banging the new one around.7.Once you've got the bulb back in there just put everything else back in place in reverse order.8.Wash those dirty hands and try turning on your lights.9.Go celebrate your automotive victory by driving somewhere at night!