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How to Replace the Front Headlight on Vehicles

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

The Vehicles is a fun and utilitarian ride. Known as much Vehicles its handling as its reliability, this Vehicles has become a popular choice Vehicles many car buyers. However, like all automobiles, some regular maintenance will need to be performed to keep it in shape and safe to drive. One often overlooked check is the headlights. Twice every year, you should check to be sure they are working properly. If you find one is burned-out, the fix is a quick one.

Under The Hood:

 How to Replace the Front Headlight on a 1995 Honda Civic

Raise the hood of your 1995 Honda Civic. Locate the bulb cover just inside the engine compartment.

Slide the bulb cover backward along the electrical wire to expose the bulb assembly. Press the retaining clip and disconnect the electrical connection from the bulb assembly.

Twist the lock ring counter-clockwise to release the bulb. Pull the retaining spring off the bulb assembly if necessary.

Pull the bulb socket straight out of the light assembly. Pull the bulb out of the socket and discard the old bulb.

Insert the new bulb straight into the socket and reinsert the socket into the headlight assembly. Secure the retaining clip if needed. Turn the retaining ring clockwise to lock the bulb assembly into position.

Press the electrical connection straight onto the rear of the socket until the retaining clip clicks. Replace the bulb cover and secure it in position.

Repeat the process on the opposite headlight if needed. Close the hood and test the operation of the new headlight bulbs.

 How to Replace the Front Headlight on a Toyota Matrix

Replacing Low Beam Bulb

Turn off the engine of the Matrix and open the hood.

Rotate the bulb base in the headlamp assembly counterclockwise to remove the low beam bulb. Unplug the electrical connector. If the connector is too tight, wiggle it slightly to help remove it.

Install a new bulb into the connector and place it into the assembly. Rotate it clockwise to lock it into place. Close the hood.

Replacing High Beam Bulb

Turn off the engine of the Matrix and open the hood. If replacing the left-hand headlight, remove the air cleaner duct by removing the securing clip with a screwdriver and pulling the duct out of the vehicle.

Turn the bulb base counterclockwise to remove it. Unplug the electrical connector.

Install a new bulb into the connector and place the bulb into the assembly. Rotate it clockwise to lock it into place. Reattach the air cleaner duct if replacing the left-hand headlight. Close the hood.

Items you will need

  • Phillips screwdriver

  • Replacement bulb

 How Do I Replace the Front Headlight on a Tundra?

Open the hood and locate the back of the headlight assembly. A cord connects the light assembly to the Tundra's electrical system. Unplug this connector, then peel off the rubber cover exposing the light bulb.

Locate the retaining spring directly over the bulb. Slide out the spring and then pull the bulb straight out. Bring the bulb to a Toyota dealer or the local auto-parts store and purchase a replacement.

Reassemble the light. First, push in the new bulb, then slide the spring back into place. Close the rubber cover and reconnect the electrical cord.

Close the hood and turn on the engine to test the new bulb.

Items you will need

  • New bulb

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