Tip & How-To about 1996 Honda Accord
Replacing a burned-out headlamp is simple and doesn't require any tools.
First, buy a replacement bulb, type 9006 (low beams) When you open the package, be very careful that you don't touch the glass of the new bulb. The oil from your skin can cause the bulb to warp and explode when you turn it on.
Second, open the hood and locate the back of the burned-out headlamp. There will be an electrical connector on the back of the bulb, held in place with a locking connector. The lock is the small plastic tab in the middle of the connector. Press in on the bottom of this tab, and it should give slightly, releasing the lock. Hold this tab in place and push straight down on the connector, wiggling if needed, to unplug the old bulb.
Third, locate the lock ring that holds the bulb in place. This is a round plastic ring, about the size of a peanut-butter jar lid. Turn the lock ring about 1/4 turn clockwise (top of the ring should move towards the driver's side, bottom of the ring move towards the passenger side)
If there's dirt build-up, this ring may be stuck. Tap gently with a screwdriver handle and try again. DO NOT use a hammer, or you'll break the headlamp housing!
Once you turn the lock ring, the old bulb should come straight out. Put the new bulb in place and do the steps in reverse order to finish:
- turn the lock ring counter-clockwise to lock the new bulb in place
- push the electrical connector on until the lock tab "CLICK"s into place
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