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I have a passenger side headlamp out again. I just replaced both of them at Christmas. A coworker said that it was probably the ballast. Does my Mazda 5 have a ballast and if so how do I replace it?

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It would only have ballast if they are hid headlights make sure your not touching glass part of the bulb when changing bulb oils from your fingers will cause bulb to burn out early

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