How to change the whole headlight assembly on a 05 Honda CRV
I've recently hit a trunk's bumper with my CRV because of the icy roads, and cracked my driver front headlight lamp. I'd like to know how to change the whole hedlight assembly unit on a 2005 Honda CRV (not just the bulb). Do I have to remove the front bumper in order to access the bolts and screws?
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You have to remove the front bumper and grill etc
There are 5 bolts holding the headlight assembly in place. 2 at the top and 3 underneath.
Remove the plastic cross piece by prising out the clips and then the grille clips too then unbolt the bolts eithr side under the wheel arch. The bumper is still fastened using cips. Pull the bumper forward to unclip.
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When you raise the hood, look for a Phillips screw that holds the parking lamp in. if it is there remove screw and pull parking lamp toward front of vehicle. If headlamp and side lamp are 1 piece, there should be 2 number 10 mm headed bolts that are vertical, that hold the assembly in. The side lamp will have a stud that holds the light to the fender. You may have to pry it loose. Reverse procedure to install.
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ok look, I can't draw, I tried. Feel gratefull, I had to break parts of the car just find this out! To do this you need to remove the headlight assembly, much the same as you'd do if you had to replace the whole assembly because of a crash.
Remove small panel that runs under headlights and around the side car. NOTE: The indicator plastic light box (the whole thing) is actually a part of this seemingly small panel. * Inside the car, behind the door, near the hinge * 2 of them under the headlight, in the small gap between headlight and bumper (good luck mine were rusted and I had to forcefully remove
the small panel.
Now you will see 2 bolts holding the headlight assemply in place, undo them
There is also a bolt UNDER the headlight assembly, remove it. Now the assembly is not attached to the car (other than by the electrical wires). I had to remove the whole bumper to find this out. When putting it all back together I didn't pay enough attention to note if that bottom bolt was accesible without removing the bumper. I am pretty sure it would be but may require some mechanical acrobatics.
Now that the assembly is out you can unscrew the 2 large plastic caps on the back to access the bulbs (this is much the same as in the few modern sedans I have had to change light bulbs in). There is also a smaller screw in type plastic bulb holder I believe this was the parking light.
There are 3 bulbs, I am assuming you have the ability to actually disconnect and remove them, if not maybe you sould be paying an auto electrician or a friend to do this.
The issue I had was how to access the bulbs, it was not obvious to me, I expected that no immediate rear access would have made the bulb change occur on the OUTSIDE behind the glass, not removing the whole bloody head light assembly.
Mine was an old 1992 piece of ****, breaking bolts and stuff if need be was fine by me as it would have still been road worth but having no headlight is not.
On a 20 percent off store wide day I bought the following items from Supercheap Auto in Austraalia for about $26.00
1 x Headlight Bulb
1 x High Beam Bulb
1 x 2 pack parker bulb
1 x 2 pack interrior light bulb.
1 x Single 14mm socket ($4 to replace one I have been missing for ages)
The point of the above list is that it is bloody cheap :D
10mm Socket (headlight assembly and or bumper bar)
12mm Socket (headlight assembly and or bumper bar)
Philips (star) head screw driver I don't know the sizes. (indicator panel, number plate, buttom of bumper bar underneath each side door)
Rachet from a socket set, and a small extender bar.
All of the above is probably posible with only open/closed ended spanners, i wouldn't want to try it though :D
Any additional tools I used certainly wouldn't be required if you knew what you were doing when you started :D But it was fun!
Under the bumper cover is a fiberglass bumper. It could be broken or your bumper mounts could be bent on that side. It is best to remove the screws (on the side of the wheel well) and 10mm bolts holding the bumper cover, and locate the two frontal bolts in each bracket. There are also some plastic push pin nuts in various spots too. Don't try to get the push pins under the headlights, they will come with when the bumper is removed.
Whoa!!!! You don't need to remove the bumper. 90 and up Accords have a replaceable bulb. The manual says to disconnect the neg. battery cable before starting. You need to access the bulb from the back, remove the connector from the back of the assembly, then turn the retaining ring counterclockwise, remove bulb from housing. When installing the new bulb DO NOT touch it, oils from your skin will cause the bulb to overheat where it has been touched, and shorten the life of the bulb. Wear gloves to handle it.
alright you need to take the bumper off to start look at the top of the bumper take out the retainers up top then move to bottom of the bumper remove those retainers and then there are 2 bolts one each side remove them and pull the bumper off then you can replace the headlight/ Please rate my response thank you very much
you will have to remove the front bumper cover to get to 2 bolts and also the grille to get another bolt off also there are are a total of 5 bolts that hold it in. be careful taking it out as you can crack the mounting brackets for the assembly just be patiece it will come out.