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How to Replace Headlight Bulbs on a 2004 Honda Odyssey

by Chris Gilliland

Providing a safe and reliable means of transporting your family, Honda's Odyssey minivan has received high marks for its practical, yet stylish features. Although the Odyssey is fun and easy to use, replacing a burnt-out headlight can be a real pain. This otherwise simple task is complicated by the placement of the Odyssey's air intake system, which cramps any accessible work space around the driver's side headlight. Don't call your Honda dealership yet--moving the air intake system out of the way is easier than it appears.

Basic Bulb Replacement

1

Determine which headlight bulbs are burnt out. Stand in front of the vanand have an assistant turn the headlights on, cycling between both high and low beams. Once you have identified the faulty bulbs, turn off the headlights and take the key out of the ignition.

2

Open the van's hood and locate the affected headlight assembly and the wiring harness that connects the burnt-out bulb to the van's electrical system. Squeeze the harness connector and pull it away from the bulb.

3

Pull the rubber dust boot away from the headlight bulb. Squeeze the spring retaining clip together and pivot away from the bulb. Pull the bulb out of the headlight assembly.

4

Insert a new bulb into the headlight assembly and close the retaining clip. Place the rubber dust boot onto the end of the bulb. Reconnect the wiring harness to the headlight bulb, pressing it firmly onto the bulb's prongs.

5

Turn the headlights on and check that the bulb is operating properly. If the bulb is not working, check that the wiring harness connector is seated firmly on the bulb's prongs.

Accessing the Driver's Side Headlight

1

Open the van's hood and locate the intake duct from the air box. Remove the plastic pop rivets that secure the duct to the frame by pushing down on the center of the rivet and then pulling the entire rivet out. Pull the duct upward and away from the headlight assembly.

2

Replace the burnt-out headlight bulbs as normal.

3

Push the intake duct back into the engine compartment and into its mounting location. Push the center tip of the pop rivets upward until it pops out of the top of the rivet. Place the rivet into its mounting location and press down on the center of the rivet to lock it into place. Close the hood.

Warning

  • Use extra care not to touch the glass bulb at any time to prevent premature failure.

Items you will need

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About the Author

An avid motorcyclist, Chris Gilliland has immersed himself into the two-wheeled world while balancing work life and raising three daughters. When he is not managing the parts department of a local, multi-line motorcycle dealership, Gilliland can often be found riding, writing or working on his motorcycle blog, Wingman's Garage.

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