Question about 2000 Mazda Protege

1 Answer

2000 Mazad Prozege head light out

I need to know hoe to remove and replace the clipe that holds the lamp in the socket.

Posted by on


1 Answer

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

    Vice President:

    An expert whose answer got voted for 100 times.

  • Expert
  • 195 Answers

I'd need to see the lamp itself, having never undone one on a mazda protege like yours, but it's the same bulb on your protege and my toyota echo, and i do have seen a few other cars with the same bulb andhaving the same locking system for it. So usually, you just need to start by taking off the rubber boot that seals the system from moisture and, after that, unplug the connector from the bulb. Then look and the wierd "C" shaped clip that is touching the bulb's backplate closely. You should see that on one side there is some sort of hinge and the other side it should be open with both ends curling up to give you a little more grip on the pin. Juse press the two curled up ends together and pull both ends AWAY from the light assembly and towards the hinge at the same time (basically you'll make the ends move in a circular pattern). Now it's unlocked and you can take the bulb out and replace it. Be sure not to touch the glass of the new bulb when changing it though cause it will cause the bulb to have a much shorter life than expected. If you do, out of pure badluck, touch the glass, DO NOT THROW IT AWAY! It's still good, just clean it carefully with rubbing alcohol and place it back in makng sure you extra extra careful this time. Now come the worst part, locking the "C" clip back in. It's still not so bad, but usually you can't see the knotch where the clip is supposed to lock in very well. So just be patient and feel free to ask for someone else eyes to help you:). And the rest is pretty much history, put the connector back on, then the moisture seal and voila! Now you can go eat dinner and enjoy a job well done:). Hope this helps!

Posted on Apr 01, 2009


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya Mechanic can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repair professionals here in the US.
click here to Talk to a Mechanic (only for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

2 Answers

How to change the brake light

What you want to do is open the trunk and remove the fasteners that hold the trunk lining to the rear deck panel and separate the lining from the deck panel.Disconnect the lamp wiring from the wiring harness.Now you will see some nuts that hold the tail lamp to the lower deck and the quarter panel.Remove these bolts or plastic wing nuts and remove the assembly from the car.To change the bulbs twist the socket and pull the socket and replace the bulb.Just reverse the process to put it back in.

Apr 09, 2011 | 2000 Chrysler Concorde

1 Answer

How to replace front light low beam blub?

Hello i can assist you open your hood behind the head lamp lenses is a head lamp bulb socket twist it counter clock wise then remove the socket and bulb unplug your old bulb replace with your new bulb and replace the socket back and clock wise tighten.Now turn your head lights on check both high beam and low.

Dec 28, 2010 | 2005 Dodge Dakota

1 Answer

Hoe do I replace the marker light that's in the headlight assembly of a 2005 Kia Sportage?

remove the head lamp. there are sockets in the rear for each bulb.



Dec 26, 2010 | 2005 Kia Sportage

2 Answers

I need to replace the front turn signal light socket on a 2000 Chevy Venture, but i don't know how to get it out and i can't find a replacement. How do i get it out?

There are detailed instructions in the the manual. If you do not have a manual, here is how to do it (directions assume removing drivers-side headlight assembly and viewing the area from the front of the van): Remove the thumb screw on the left side of the headlight assembly as well as the thumb screw on the top of the head light assembly. The third thumb screw simply anchors the turn-signal assembly to the head light assembly. Initially, just loosen that screw. The whole assembly is now loose but still held in by two plastic posts on the bottom of the headlight assembly and two plastic posts on the end of the turn-signal assembly closest to the fender/wheel area. Pull the whole assembly kind of up, out, and down. It takes a bit of juggling but it will come out. Once the whole assembly is out you can separate the turn-signal assembly from the head light assembly and put the headlight assembly back in place. To separate the assemblies remove the third thumb screw (if its too tight to remove by hand you will need a Torx screw driver of size T-30; if you don't have a Torx a small flathead screw can work); also, you will notice the hidden clip that is the final anchor holding the turn-signal assembly to the head light assembly. Use a flat-head screw driver to release it. Now the units should be separated. To remove the turn signal bulb socket from the turn-signal assembly, simply turn it counter-clockwise while pressing down on the safety clip and pull it out of the back of the turn-signal assembly. The owners manual lists the type of bulb. It should be an amber 3157. The bulb pulls straight out of the socket.

Replace the bulb. Place the socket back into the turn-signal assembly (turn it clockwise until the safety clip snaps). Replace the Headlight assembly (two thumb screws and the two plastic alignment posts anchor it), but do not tighten the screws until the turn-signal assembly is in place. Replace the turn-signal assembly by first aligning the plastic posts and then anchoring it to the head light assembly with the third thumb screw. Make sure everything is aligned properly and tight all the thumb screws. An experienced person can probably make this change, start to finish, in 15 minutes. First timers will probably take 30 minutes as it takes some time to understand how the designers anchored everything.

Good luck and thank you for using Fixya

Mar 07, 2010 | 2000 Chevrolet Venture

2 Answers

How to replace headlights bulbs in a grand cherokee 2001

  1. Remove the jack screw attaching the top of the head lamp to the head lamp mounting module.
  2. Grasp the upper inboard and lower outboard corners of the head lamp and pull the head lamp outward.
  3. Remove the bad bulb socket from the head lamp module and remove bulb from socket.
  4. Install new bulb into socket and reinstall socket into head lamp module.
  5. Position the head lamp on the vehicle and align the ball studs with the sockets.
  6. Push the head lamp inward to secure the ball studs with the sockets.
  7. Install the jack screw attaching the top of head lamp to the head lamp mounting module.
Do not touch glass of halogen bulbs at the oil can cause the headlight to blow out

Nov 12, 2009 | 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee

1 Answer

How do I change the headlight? (passenger side)

There are three screws that holds the head lamp in place, but first you have to remove the right side radiator cover, remouve the front grill (4 screws), remouve the head lamp lower trim (one screw behind the grill and cliped at the fender), then remouve the front grill mounting bracket (2 screws) then you'll finaly reach the 3 headlamp screws (2 on top and one behind the lower headlamp trim)
Good luck

Oct 24, 2009 | 1998 Cadillac Catera

1 Answer

I need to replace the headlight bulb in my 2000 3.2 TL but am having trouble getting access to it.

there should be a couple 6 mm bolts holding the lamp assembly when you open the hood. 6mm bolt will have a 10mm head. you may also need to remove the outside lamp (usually held on by a philips head, pull forward on the marker lamp... carefully, but they will typically pop out from a socket... In some instances the grill may also be hiding another fastener to the lamp assembly. the the bulb is cake...

Aug 30, 2009 | 2000 Acura TL

1 Answer

Change the running light on a 2008 Tahoe

remove the clips that hold the head lights then you can remove the lenses for the DRL and remove the bulbs.

Aug 02, 2009 | 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe

1 Answer

Toyota avalon headliight lamp replacement

there is a single phillups screw that hold the turn signal housing to the head lamp. remove this screw. after that the turnsignal housing will be loose but act as though something is still holding it. I usually take a small flat tip screw driver and place between the headlight and turnsignal housing about a quarter of the way down and pry the turn signal housing forward and out at the same time while puling with my free hand. Since this lamp fixture is difficult to get a grip on, the flathead screwdriver is used only to help pull the lamp fixture from the fender. After the fixture is in the open the actual lamp socket twist locks into position from behind. once the socket is removed the bulb simply slides straight out from the socket. Installation is reverse of removal.

May 30, 2009 | 2001 Toyota Avalon

1 Answer

Unable to access head light bulb

On the back side of the lamp assembly, there is a rotating clip socket that holds the lamp socket in place. Rotate ¼ turn to the left to release. 

Apr 28, 2009 | 1999 Dodge Caravan

Not finding what you are looking for?
2000 Mazda Protege Logo

70 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Mazda Experts


Level 3 Expert

77544 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22306 Answers

Jeffrey Turcotte
Jeffrey Turcotte

Level 3 Expert

8826 Answers

Are you a Mazda Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides