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Please walk me through changing the headlight bulbs on my Honda Odyssy 2001. The right looks do-able (with your help) but the left looks daunting.

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  • Jess Ayers Apr 02, 2011

    I love the clarity with which you write. Your details and hints are very useful. I want to replace the much easier right bulb first as that is the one that is 'out'; then I'll tackle the left.

    So, first is the 'round rubber boot' referred to in #2 the same as the 'rubber protection piece' in #6? If it is, I have it located. If not, I don't see it. The Rubber boot of step 2 has two tabs sticking out from it in the back. Are those to be use to peal it off. Does 'pealing it away' mean putting some force behind it, maybe even with a screwdriver and removing it completely?

    On the right side, it looks like I'll need to remove the white tank that is the coolant overflow - or do you just snake the bulb around it?

    Now going to the left side: the term 'air duct housing' is confusing me because I do see a 'housing' straight behind the bulb but it is solid and there is no way I can simply lift it up and aside. However between this 'housing' and the bulb is the 'mouth' of an open duct that curves down; the opening reminds me of the always open mouth of a baby bird waiting to be fed. This opening continues down as a duct that disappears into a plate. Because there is no shutoff or flow restrictor at this point, I'm assuming that this is the source of outside air for the 'cabin'. Doesn't matter what it is - the point is that I tried moving it and it also seems solid; it flexes some but I'm afraid to pull really hard until I hear back from you.

    This opening is position directly behind the bulb and seems like it will block backing the bulb out.

    So, the left seems different than described. Do I just need the confidence to 'get tough

  • Jess Ayers Apr 02, 2011

    Thanks - I understand about the rubber boot go after the right side.

    However, I need to know if the duct housing that you are talking about is as I described it or is mine different. I need confidencr to try to forcefully move it.

  • Jess Ayers Apr 03, 2011

    Very helpful. Expert explained things in detail and plainly and I was successfull. Many thanks

  • Jess Ayers Apr 03, 2011



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Please see procedure below:

1. Open the hood and make sure the battery contacts are protected for safety.

2. Identify and locate the headlight bulb/connector assembly. The bulb/connector assembly is surrounded by a round rubber boot. The bulb has an almost square connector on it with wire coming out of the connector.

3. Once the bulb/connector assembly is located, remove a plastic housing that connects appears to surround and is located directly behind the bulb/connector assy. To do this, remove two small plastic pins that secure the plastic housing to the vehicle by pulling straight up or out. With these two pins removed put them in a safe place then lift the small plastic housing straight up and notice a post on the housing that fits into a grommet - this will need to be replaced back into the grommet and pin secured to reassemble after bulb replacement.

4. Remove an air duct housing between the bulb and battery. To do this, lift straight up on the air duct housing and move it to the side. Then find a large glove or small towel and place it over the resulting hole revealed when you removed the air duct.

5. Remove the connector from the bulb. To do this, grip the connector and pull it straight back toward the battery (do not twist the connector as there is no need for this).

6. Peal off the rubber protection piece surrounding the bulb. Just peal it away to reveal the bulb's spring/wire used to secure the bulb.

7. With the air duct housing out of the way and connector removed from the bulb place a small mirror behind the bulb to reveal how the bulb is secured to the headlight housing. Notice that there is a spring/wire wrapped around the headlight bulb. Once side of the spring/wire closest to the bumper acts as a hinge/pivot side which is secured with small screw (do not remove the screw as this is not necessary). Notice that the spring/wire assy closest to the middle of the engine compartment shows a square curve in the wire. Place your finger on the square curved part of the spring wire and lift it up toward the hood. This will loosen the spring/wire from the headlight bulb allowing it to hinge away from the bulb. Without bending the spring/wire remove the bulb.

8. Pull the bulb straight out of the headlight housing . Replace the new bulb into the headlight with the middle terminal positioned up toward the hood. Then, close the spring/wire assy and bend the square/curved part of the spring/wire around the headlight assembly to click it into place.

9. Replace the rubber protection piece around the bulb. Make sure it is snug and in place. Then reconnect the connector to the bulb, replace the air duct housing by pressing it firmly back into the air duct, replace the plastic housing over the air duct (make sure the pin in the bottom is placed in the grommet and the pins are used to secure the housing back to the engine compartment.

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Posted on Apr 02, 2011

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    Jose Cada Apr 02, 2011

    yes its the same rubber boot. you can use screwdriver to take it off. it is good if you can manage not to damage it. you will be needing to replace that with a new one if it will be damaged. if there are no screws holding this then you can just move this housing up by using a little pressure when you move it.

  • Jose Cada
    Jose Cada Apr 02, 2011

    it might be different the way it was manufcatured here in the philippines. make sure to inspect every side and see if there are no screws that you need to loosen up for you to remove that housing.


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