Question about 2005 Mazda 3
The solution posted on Sep 8 2008 is good. Let me just add my own observations.
First of all, the bulb you will need is probably going to be H-7. Just go to the auto parts store and find the bulb that says H-7 on it. Apparently you're not supposed to replace just one bulb. You should replace them both at the same time, so buy two bulbs ($27.00). Also, I needed a flathead screwdriver and a pair of latex gloves. Don't try to do this at nighttime. You will need plenty of light.
If you're replacing the driver's side light, you'll have to remove a plastic shield from above the light. Not a big deal. Use a philipshead screwdriver and a pair of pliars (gently!). Remove the black plug that goes into the back of the bulb by squeezing the sides and pulling. Then remove the black rubber boot that goes over it. The flathead screwdriver was helpful getting the boot off.
When removing the silver clip that holds the bulb in, you'll have to push in on the side of the clip closer to the driver's side of the car. (Please note that it is not necessary to unscrew any screws.) It swivels open like a door.
Next, remove the bulb. The bulb is attached to a black adapter thing. Use the flathead screwdriver to pry that black thing off the bulb. Throw the old bulb in the garbage. Put your latex gloves on and put the new bulb into the black adapter thing. (Remember not to touch the glass part of the bulb with your fingers. It's not good for the bulb and you will decrease its lifespan.)
Put the bulb with the black adapter thing into the headlight. You may have to fiddle with it a little bit. (You're still wearing your latex gloves, right?) It only goes one way. There's a little notch that fits into the ten o'clock position. (Just rotate the bulb in the headlight. You'll see where it fits in.)
Close the silver clip back over the bulb. This part may be challenging. Remember, the bulb should have no wiggle to it when the silver clip is installed correctly. The end of the clip fits deep inside the headlight. Push it in and try and find where it clips in. It might be hard to do. Don't get frustrated- you're almost done.
Put the rubber boot back on. It has to be tight to protect the bulb from water. Then plug in the bulb. Replace the black plastic shield over the driver's side light. Finally, test the light.
Replacing both headlights took me about 60 - 90 minutes.
Posted on Nov 30, 2008
For low beem, take the plug off, then "the rubber boot" ( get a flash lite) look at how the light bulb is sitting in there, should be a thick wire, that has some spring to it on one side only, find that side then gently press on the "safety pin like contraption" and it should swing open similar to a door(sorry if you couldnt understand it, i couldnt find another way of saying it), then turn the bulb the only direction it would go, pull it out , the thick wire will get in the bulbs way, so you have to work with it, DONT TOUCH THE BRAND NEW BULB WITH YOUR FINGERS, touch plastick side only, gently putt it back in, twist in to position, and do the revers, remember how the spring like wire was sitting in there, rubber boot firmly on so there is no water leeking in @ high speeds!
Posted on Sep 08, 2008
There is no reason that this process should take 60 - 90 minutes. It shoud only take 10 at the most. I just changed mine today and it only took 5 min.
Posted on Dec 10, 2008
Follow solution #1. Great instructions! The spring is tough, just know that it goes up, in, then down over a little black clip.
Posted on Jan 25, 2010
The text descriptions here are excellent, I took a series of photos that may help people understand what's going on a bit better in advance:
Posted on Nov 02, 2011
2 thumbs up! Clear and concise instructions made it easy and saved lot of time and money!!
Posted on Apr 18, 2009
Thanks a bunch for the great instructions JimInciardi and mzda3forme. I just replaced my the headlights in my mazda 3 and it was a great success!
Posted on May 09, 2009
Solution #1 had awsome instructions....thank you very much...im a do it yourselfer but never installed lights on the mazda...only hard part was the passenger side clip trying to get it back in...if i didnt spend 15 min and 30 expletives on that clip i wouldve done the whole process within 5-10 min...very easy to do...thanx jim
Posted on Apr 22, 2010
Four Stars! I had to do this on a cold day. Your clear and concise instructions saved me alot of aggrevation - Bravo and Thankyou!!
Posted on Feb 20, 2009
H7 at ebay HID for $30
Posted on Mar 11, 2015
If you take your vehicle to Autozone then they are more than happy to change them for you. they also do batteries and wipers.
Posted on Nov 27, 2014
Replace headlight bulb sedan
Posted on Aug 23, 2008
U will have to play with it and move it back and forth and wiggle it at the same time, other than that I have no easy fix.
Posted on Nov 21, 2008
SOURCE: replace headlight bulb
Actually there are two little black tabs on top of each headlight housing and you simply have to pull them up to release the whole headlamp.
Then follow the rest of emissionwiz's solution.
Posted on May 28, 2009
i think there are two flat guide pins that hold the headlight assembly in .. just pull them straight up ..and the assembly should come out ..hencse replace the bulbs.
Posted on Jan 25, 2009
you can access the bulbs from inside the engine compartment. the socker turns about a quarter turn to remove it. do NOT touch the bulb with your fingers as that will shorten the bulb life. you may have to remove the battery to change the one on that side.
Posted on Mar 07, 2009
SOURCE: Headlight Issue
You can replace the bulbs wihout removing anything. The passenger side is super easy. The driver side is tougher because there isn't much room to stuff your hands, but it can be done. If you must pull the battery, make sure you have your radio security code on hand because you will need it after hooking the battery back up. I'd suggest not removing the battery and just taking your time to get the driver side bulb replaced.
Posted on Apr 14, 2009
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