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Re: HEAD LIGHT BULB EXCHANGE OVER
Usually turn black retainer over bulb to left half turn or so and it should unlock & come off. Then wiggle bulb out of back of housing. If it's halogen, which it probably is like a # H9004 or similar number, make sure when you put it back in, you don't touch the glass bulb part, it will shorten the life of the bulb. The housing will have a notch to match the bulb base. Push it back in with notch lined up & wiggle it while you do, it makes it easier. It should pop into place with O ring seal of bulb all the way in. Then put retainer back on, turn right half turn until it locks, and push your connector back on over bulb base, and push in until it clicks in. You may want to rub a little vaseline on the new O ring of new bulb to make it easier to push in. Hope that helps.
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You can certainly purchase after market bulbs of more modern technology that provide much better illumination than the manufacturer recommended brand. HOWEVER, those bulbs having a matching part number to what is recommended does NOT mean it is what you should necessarily use. The reason is the wattage. Higher wattage produces more heat. Try a bulb of a lower wattage rating. I recommend going no higher than 20 watts beyond your original rating, do not allow the bulb glass to get dirty while installing nor touch with your bare fingers, and inspect your ground connections to the headlight assembly for any breakage, corrosion or looseness. Good luck!
If you're running higher wattage than what is recommended ... you will
run the risk of premature failure ... plus you could burn up the light
wiring harness. If you are only using stock wattage and having this
issues.. are you using SilverStars? They aren't known for lasting long in some cars.
Make sure the headlight lens does not have any cracks. If moisture is
getting in it will burn out quicker. Also check to make sure the
electrical socket is not corroded. If it is, use an electrical cleaner
and then put a dab of dielectric grease in the socket. When installing
the new bulb, do not touch the glass part. Oil from your hands may
shorten the bulb's life.
Check your under the hood fuses for your high beams, if anything but the
correct fuse is in there it will kill the bulb from over powering it. If that's
good, check the power wire, make sure it is not grounding out, and then check your grounds.
If all else fails go to http://www.hondahookup.com/manuals/ make an account and download the Factory Service Manual they have one for the EP3 and while it's the USDM version I'm sure your ground connections and voltages are the same.
Bulb info is so vague online and in basic service manuals, I suggest you stop by local parts store They have application charts where you can lQQk up your vehicle and each individual bulb by industry part# and by wattage. And yes they're 12volt
Probably not a lens cover at all. It's just a 1 piece plastic headlight. It you are wanting to replace a bulb , they go in from the back . Open the hood and you should be able to see where the wires to the bulb go in the back of the headlight.