1998-2002 Honda Accord Headlights Replacement

Replace the headlight in a '98-'02 Honda Accord

Replace a shattered or fogged headlight unit in your '98-'02 Honda Accord.

Tools (continued)
Relevant Parts
  • Headlight Honda OEM or Aftermarket headlight assembly
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Edit Step 1 Headlight Disconnect  ¶ 

  • Pull on the hood release lever just inside the passenger door to pop the hood.

  • Locate the hood release latch under the hood. Use one hand to press up on the latch while you lift the hood.

  • Insert the hood prop rod into the hole in the hood marked with an arrow.

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Locate the head light bulbs and connectors directly behind the headlights and on either side of the engine bay.

  • Detach the head light connectors by pushing on the lever on the top of the connector and pulling it straight down.

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Edit Step 3 Front Bumper  ¶ 

  • Locate and remove the bolts in the front of the wheel well on the either side of the car using a #1 Phillips screw driver or an 8 mm socket wrench.

  • Locate the bolts on the bottom of both corners of the bumper and remove them using an 8 mm socket wrench or box end wrench.

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Locate the plastic push pins along the bottom of the bumper.

  • Use a small thin prying device, such as a flathead screwdriver, to pop the heads of the push pin up. Then remove the entire push pin assembly from their holes.

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Remove the push pins on the two raised portions of the bumper next to the inside of the headlights.

  • There are four clips along the top of the bumper still holding it in place. Gently lift the bumper while pulling it away from the car to free the clips and remove the bumper.

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Edit Step 6 Headlights  ¶ 

  • Remove the three 10 mm hex bolts securing the headlight bracket by turning them counter-clockwise with either a socket wrench or box end wrench,

    • One bolt will be under the outer edge of the headlight. The remaining two bolts will be located under the headlight with the bolt heads pointed towards the side panels.

  • Remove the headlight bracket by pulling it straight out.

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Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Locate the blinker light bulb assembly, it will be accessible from below the headlight, near the wheel well.

  • Disconnect the connector or remove the light bulb assembly by turning it counter-clockwise and pulling it out.

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Remove the 10 mm bolt on top of the headlight using a socket wrench or box end wrench.

  • Remove the metal clip.

  • Pull the headlight straight away from the car.

    • Do not attempt to fully remove the headlight. There is still one connection left.

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Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • Locate the front marker light connector. It is along the bottom of the headlight.

  • Turn the marker light counterclockwise and remove it from the headlight.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

For more information, check out the 1998-2002 Honda Accord device page.

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Comments Comments are onturn off

On a '98 Honda accord ex, you can get to Step 2 and just change the lights.

Premkumar Stephen, · Reply

Sometimes the connector can be very tight and cannot be pulled off by hand, especially in such tight spot. One could push on alternate sides with a flat blade screwdriver gently to ease it off.

atl7417, · Reply

The passenger side low beam bulb was extremely difficult to remove, owing to very little space to work in. Then I realized that the air intake could be rotated and pulled out. It was easier than removing the battery. After that it was very simple. I found it easier to first unscrew the bulb assembly, and then detach the connectors.

Thanks!

Barry, · Reply

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