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#1 hondadave63

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 11:31 AM

Do you have to remove the bumper and headlight to replace the bulb? Is it necessary to do this to get the old bulb out and new one in. I also read it might be accessible thru wheel well. Help please

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 02:16 PM

Do you have to remove the bumper and headlight to replace the bulb? Is it necessary to do this to get the old bulb out and new one in. I also read it might be accessible thru wheel well. Help please

Should be accessible from under the hood. They use H4 bulbs. Might be a little clip holding it in.

Edited by Kastigir, 08 December 2008 - 02:17 PM.


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Posted 08 December 2008 - 05:47 PM

The OP is right.

On the 01-05 models Honda got funky with the headlight access on one side. I don't recall which, but one of the sides is normal access from behind the housing you pop the clip and the bulb falls out. The other side you have to completely disconnect the airbox or some other screwy item to access it. I do not have a car of this gen, nor have I replaced a bulb in it, but I do recall my pop calling me and telling me he threw in the towel and just paid Honda $80 to replace them instead of tearing half his front end apart to do it.

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 06:32 PM

Its hard as hell to get at on the driver's side. Find someone with small hands. You can also pull up the (power steering?) fluid reservoir for a little more room.

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On the passenger's side, you can just disconnect the battery and pull the battery out.

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 06:56 PM

Bingo. I thought you would be around soon to post your knowledge on this.

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 08:50 PM

Wait...they're not H4s?

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 08:59 PM

Wait...they're not H4s?

I don't know wtf an H4 is...

The numbers on my silverstars are:

HB4 U 9006 SU
E1 22P12V51W
DOT C1208 USA

HB3 U 9005 SU
E1 22P12V60W
DOT J2207 USA

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 09:02 PM

9005 and 9006 bulbs. H4 have a three prong plug, contain both high and low beam in one unit, and are held in by a little clip. Odd that 96-99 uses H4s, and then they switch back to 9005/9006 setup in later models.

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 09:10 PM

9005 and 9006 bulbs. H4 have a three prong plug, contain both high and low beam in one unit, and are held in by a little clip. Odd that 96-99 uses H4s, and then they switch back to 9005/9006 setup in later models.

That's gay. I don't know how the hell you can have a high and low beam in one bulb. Especially since one is reflected light, and one is direct light, and they are of different wattages.

I think Pearce's sol had them combined (H4's?), and yet he still has like 20 other bulbs in his headlight assembly.

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Posted 08 December 2008 - 10:49 PM

That's gay. I don't know how the hell you can have a high and low beam in one bulb. Especially since one is reflected light, and one is direct light, and they are of different wattages.

I think Pearce's sol had them combined (H4's?), and yet he still has like 20 other bulbs in his headlight assembly.

There is a little reflector inside the H4 bulb. They don't need different wattages as both filaments are in one bulb, essentially doubling the light output.

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Posted 09 December 2008 - 11:15 AM

There is a little reflector inside the H4 bulb. They don't need different wattages as both filaments are in one bulb, essentially doubling the light output.



Thanks everyone for the help! DO you get the bulb out by removing the screws? If not then how?

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Posted 09 December 2008 - 01:59 PM

LOL, no. Just turn it like 15 degrees counter clockwise and it'll pop out, still attached to the wiring. Then you press the little tab on the blue socket (pictured) to actually pull the bulb out of the socket.

You can see which way to turn it by looking closely at this picture. The screws are what hold it in place, yes. But all you have to do is turn it so the flanges are no longer underneath the screw heads.

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Edited by wannaBstuntin, 09 December 2008 - 02:01 PM.