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How to Replace a Headlamp in a 2003 Honda Civic

by Trey Johnson

Replacing a burnt-out bulb on your 2003 Honda Civic requires no tools or expert knowledge. Reference your owner's manual for the specific replacement bulbs your vehicle requires.

Remove the power steering fluid reservoir by pulling it up out of the holder. Set the reservoir on a stable surface to prevent the fluid from spilling. This step is only necessary on the driver's side headlamp.

Locate the bulb and connector plugged into the back. Remove the electrical plug by pressing on the sides of the plug and pulling straight back.

Remove the headlight weather seal by pulling the tab located at the top of the headlamp enclosure.

Release the bulb retaining wire by locating the clip and pulling it down and away from the bulb. Pull the bulb out of the headlight assembly.

Insert the new bulb into headlight assembly. Ensure the bulb is properly aligned with the slots of the headlamp. Swing the retaining clip up onto the bulb, securing it in place.

Replace the weather seal by inserting it onto the socket with the word "Top" facing up. Ensure the seal is properly seated by running your hand around the edge of the weather seal. Failure to seat the seal fully will allow water into the enclosure, causing damage.

Connect the electrical plug to the new bulb by pushing it straight on. To verify proper attachment of the electrical connector, turn on the headlamps and observe that both headlights work.

Reinstall the power steering reservoir on the driver's side and close the hood.

Tip

  • Avoid touching the new bulb with your skin. The oils from your hand can cause the bulb to abruptly fail when it heats up. Clean any contamination on the bulb using denatured alcohol and a soft, lint-free cloth.

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About the Author

Based in Atlanta, Trey Johnson has been writing since 2001 and has been a professional firefighter since 2007. He attends American Military University and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in fire science management.

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