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Re: How to replace a headlight bulb on an 2001 Eclipse
Under the hood and directly behind the headlight you are trying to replace the bulb in, there is a rubber piece that is circular with 2 flat "handles" on it. Disconnect the wires from this, then wiggle the rubber piece out. Behind this is a clip. Release the clip and the bulb should come out. Replace the bulb, close the clip, make sure the rubber piece is back on tightly, and reconnect the wires.
Best part about it : No tools needed.
I just did this the other day with my 2001 eclipse GT.
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These are not fully sealed housings.
They have two vents on the back side.
However, if the rubber seal on the top that covers the seam for the front and back is poor/leaking, that leads to too much water getting in to vent out.
Inspect integrity of the housing. Make sure everything is sound. If something looks like it might allow water to bleed in, use some silicone sealant (heck, even duct tape) to cover the area.
Inspect the vents and make sure they are not blocked somehow.
Give it some good, hot summer days in the sun (I know, we all need some of those) or drive with the lights on to heat up the housings and vent that moisture out.
Hi there, together with providing you the solution to the problem, I also took the liberty of going one step further in giving you steps on how to remove the headlight bulb.
Find the hood release handle and activate it, the hood should pop open.
Once the hood is popped open locate the hood secondary or safety latch and release it. Then finish opening the hood.
Locate and remove mounting clips for any plastic shields that cover the headlight lens mounting screws or clips.
Some headlight bulbs can be replaced by simply grasping the bulb socket behind the headlight lens and turn it counter clockwise to remove it. This will expose the headlight bulb.
If the headlight bulb socket is not accessible the headlight lens may need to be remove or obstructions behind the bulb removed to gain access to the headlight bulb socket.
To remove the headlight lens remove all mounting screws and clips that hold the headlight lens in place.
After the headlight housing has been removed from it's mounts, release the headlight bulb from the headlight lens housing (turn counter clockwise) the bulb will then come out of the headlight assembly. Once removed, visually verify that the replacement bulb is exactly the same as the failed bulb before to ensure a proper repair.
Clean the headlight lens free from all debris to help maintain the seal from the bulb to the lens. This will keep moisture out of the lens.
Install the new headlight bulb by turning the retainer ring or bulb clockwise.
Re-install the headlight lens housing and reinstall electrical connector.
Re-install plastic covers.
After the job is complete turn the ignition key to the "on" position and activate the headlight switch. Observe the newly replaced headlight bulb to ensure proper operation.
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.
The headlight housing must be removed to access the bulbs on the back of the housing.HOWEVER!!! you must take loose the bumper on the side you are replacing.To do this you also have to take loose the inner finder and turn you wheel sharply in the opposite direction of the bulb to be replaced.There is a 10mm nut you will have to remove inside as well as multiple plastic fasteners along the inner finder and across the front under the hood.Bulb just twist out to remove once the housing is removed.Also, resist the urge to use a very large hammer.Use caution when pulling the plastic bumper out where the 10mm nut was removed, the stud can easily scratch the paint while working the housing out of its socket.
Headlight globe, meaning the inside of the headlight? If thats what you mean, only way to do it, is to take the lens off, and in order to do that, you need to take out the headlight, take off the rubber backings and take out the light bulbs. Then preheat your oven to 210 degrees, stick your light in there for 10 minutes, and pry apart the lens, since the glue will melt. Dont forget to undo the clips that also hold the lens to the housing. After you pry off the lens, clean or whatever you need to do. Then reseat the lens and hook the clips, then back in the oven it goes for 10 mins. Then hold pressure on the lens untill glue hardens.
Hope that helps.
They will not have or sell replacement globes, it will come with the whole headlight.