How to Replace a Headlight Bulb on a 2003 Mazda Tribute

by Tara Kimball
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The 2003 Mazda Tribute uses a 9003 halogen headlight bulb. The bulbs are accessible without removing the entire headlight assembly, making it easy for you to replace a burned-out headlight bulb yourself at home. Buy replacement bulbs for the Tribute from an auto parts retailer and change the bulb in minutes at a substantial savings compared to a repair center.

Step 1

Raise the hood of the Tribute. Disconnect the wiring harness from the rear of the bulb.

Step 2

Pull the rubber cover off the rear of the bulb assembly. Squeeze the retaining clip together and remove it from the back of the bulb.

Step 3

Pull the bulb out of the Tribute’s headlight assembly. Insert the new bulb into the assembly and replace the retaining clip.

Step 4

Push the rubber cover onto the back of the bulb. Push the wiring harness connection together until it clicks.

Step 5

Repeat the process on the opposite side if necessary. Close the hood and test the Tribute’s new lights.

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