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How to Replace a Headlight on a 2003 Honda Accord

by John Rose

There comes a point in time when everyone that owns a car will have to replace the headlights. In most cases, replacing the headlight bulb is as simple as opening the engine compartment and replacing the bulb, but with the 2003 Honda Accord, it's a little different. Access to the headlights on this model is through the wheel wells.

Turn the steering wheel in the opposite direction of the bulb that you want to change. For example, if you want to change the right headlight, turn your wheels to the left.

Pull the electrical connection off the old bulb by looking into the wheel well from the outside of the car. The electrical connection resembles a plug.

Remove the bulb by rotating it counterclockwise ¼ turn.

Remove the new bulb from the package but do not touch the glass. Put on gloves to avoid skin oils contacting the bulb.

Place the new bulb in the location where you removed the old one and rotate it clockwise ¼ turn to lock it in place.

Plug the electrical connection back into the bulb and make sure it locks into place.

Repeat the process for any other bulb that needs to be changed then turn on the headlights to test them.

Tip

  • There are two bulbs on each side: one high beam and one low beam. It's best to replace the bulbs in pairs.

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About the Author

John Rose has been writing professionally since 1981. Now contributing to various online publications, he specializes in auto repair, home maintenance and similar topics. Rose studied English at Frostburg State University.

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