I followed the owners manual to change the bulb but at the point where you're suppose to insert a flat head screwdriver into a locking clip and release it to lift the headlamp assembly up I'm stumped. There isn't a locking clip or mechanism of any sort, nothing that remotely resemble's the picture. Obviously the lower bracket is clipped in but I cannot figure out how to release it. I'm really frustrated with this whole ordeal--any suggestions?
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Open the hood and find the burned-out bulb and its wiring on the backside of the headlight assembly. Twist the bulb a quarter-turn counterclockwise to unlock it, then pull the bulb from the headlight assembly. Pry the locking tab on the headlight bulb wiring harness upward with a flat-head screwdriver to unlock it, then separate the bulb from the wiring harness.
Hold the new bulb by its plastic base -- handling the bulb by its glass may cause it to burn out quickly -- and plug the wiring harness into the new bulb. Align the tabs on the bulb with the notches in the headlights assembly, then insert the bulb and turn it clockwise to lock it in place.
your owner manual in the glovecompartment will show you how to replace headlamp bulb,the auto parts stores sales person will help you, i have seen them help people remove replace car batteries,and wiper blades,they will help you replace headlight if you buy headlight bulb at their store,if you do it your self.be sure to wear clean gloves on your hands. your fingers and hands is not suppose to touch the headlight bulbs because halogen bulbs will blow out if oils on your fingers and hands touch the halogen bulb.
LOOK IN YOUR GLOVE COMPARTMENT FOR THE OWNERS MANUAL. LOOK IN THE BACK INDEX OF MANUAL LOOK UP BULB REPLACEMENT. IT WILL SHOW AND TELL YOU HOW TO REPLACE HEAD LIGHT BULBS. YOU NEED TO WEAR CLEAN LATEX GLOVES WHEN CHANGING HALOGEN BULBS BECAUSE OILS FROM FINGERS AND HANDS WILL CAUSE THE HALOGEN HEADLIGHT BULBS TO OVER HEAT AND BLOW OUT. HALOGEN BULBS ARE EXPENSIVE THEY COST FROM $10.00 - $20.00 BE SURE TO WEAR CLEAN GLOVES WHEN HANDLING THEM.
Access to change the headlamp bulbs is through the wheel well. The recommended method is to remove the front tire and then the plastic inner fender liner. Once removed, you'll have easy (more or less) access to the rear of the headlamp housing.
1. Open the hood and remove the two headlight mounting screws.
2. Remove the push in fasteners by prying under the head of the fastners with a flat blade tool.
3. Gently pry the headlight assembly away from the fender.
4. Turn the retaining ring counter clockwise to remove the bulb.
5. Pull the bulb out of the socket and replace.
6 Reverse the procedure to put the housing back in.
Approach lamp bulb removal (if equipped)
To change the bulbs:
1. Make sure that all the doors are
closed and the interior lights have
automatically turned off or the
opposite mirror approach lamp has
2. With a small flat tipped
screwdriver, insert the tip into the
approach light module slot located
on the outboard corner of the lens
to release the clip.
3. While holding the clip in the release position, pull the approach light
4. Remove the two wires from the module and replace the module with a
5. Reverse the order to reassemble the approach light module.
Remove the grill first.. it is on snap locks and will pop out .There are 2 slide up brackets on the left and right top of the plastic headlight cover. slide the 2 brackets up the headlight unit will be unattached except for the light wires holding it in place, just unclip them. pop off the rubber cover for the light you wish to change. Twist bulb 1/2 turn to remove. Use gloves so your hands don't touch to bulb.
Further to Emmisionwiz's answer that worked for me - the holes are in the black plastic covering the radiator support, to each side more or less in line with the headlights. They are marked with an "A" and rotation directions for UP and DOWN. The Phillips screwdriver goes into the hole about 45 degrees from vertical and engages the adjusting rack, where the teeth of the Phillips screwdriver are the pinion. If you shine a flashlight down the hole you can see the rack teeth and all becomes clear. But you will need a long Phillips screwdriver and a little bit of luck.
In the owner's manual it says the lights are adjusted correctly at the dealership and if they need adjustment because of a trailer then take the car to a Honda certified mechanic.
I have a 2004 Accord also and the method is the same for that one too.