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How to change my headlights on Honda 2005 CRV

I want to know how to change my own headlights for my 2005 Honda CRV. I called the dealership and they want $150.00, which I dont have.

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  • Anonymous Jan 19, 2009

    Great solution from presto10000...small mirror is the key.

  • dlboston55 Feb 08, 2009

    I have the same problem but my husband is not able to turn the rim to access the bulb. Any hints?

  • Anonymous Apr 04, 2009

    Your instructions solved my problem and allowed me to change the bulb while my husband used the bathroom! He came out and asked what I was doing. I replied, "I fixed it and I didn't need the manual, only the internet!" He was frustrated with me because the manual wasn't in the car. Success and I know he respects me even more for doing it myself! Thanks!!!

  • presto10000 May 11, 2010


    My name is Chris. Let's get to the problem at hand.... Are you having the light bulb(s) replaced or a whole headlight assembly? Do you have HID lights? (look for the labels under the hood warning of "high voltage" and consult the owner's manuals.

    These instructions are not for High Intensity Discharge lights. If you do, I need to send special instructions for them.

    Assuming you need just the halogen bulb, it can be replaced from the rear of the headlight assembly inside the engine compartment. When you open the hood, look at the back side of the headlight assembly and you should find either a large twist off cover that's round or black rubber boot. To get the cap off you twist it counter clockwise and remove the cap. (note: you may need to take the battery out depending on which side you need to remove) Once you remove the cover or boot, unplug the light and feel inside the hole. There should be a wire retainer. (use a small mirror to see if needed) push down on the wire and move it to one side or the other to un-clip the bulb. Swing the clip out of the way toward the rear of the vehicle. it's hinged at the other end. remove the bulb and take note exactally how it came out. You should see a flat spot on the bulb foot. Make sure the new bulb goes in exactly the way it came out. Swing the retainer back into place over the foot of the bulb and secure the lock tab by pushing down and moving to the side. (theres a hook that holds it in place) Reinstall cover and plug. Also, don't handle the new bulbs. The oils can cause the light to go out. Verify that the lights work on high beam and low. I hope this answerd your questions.



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Easy cheesy! Ive changed mine twice. The headlights are small bulbs. Make sure you get the right one (hi-beam vs low-beam). Unplug connector at back of bulb / headlamp unit, remove rubber weather seal (pops right ot). The bulb is held in with a small wire clip that is hard to get back on but can be done. Its spring loaded. Drop wire clip, turn bulb assya 1/4 turn, and it comes right out. Remove bulb from holder and replace. Reverse steps and VOILA!

Posted on Jan 01, 2009

  • Merlin Nov 18, 2011

    I find getting the clip back in place is very hard. In fact I've seen Honda service techs struggle with it.



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