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How to Replace a Headlight Bulb in a Honda Accord

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Although Honda Accords are extremely reliable cars, their headlights may occasionally burn out. As long as you have the correct replacement bulbs in hand, completing the installation should only take a few minutes and won't require any special tools. These instructions don't apply to Accord models made before 1998.

Set the parking brake and remove the keys from the ignition. Make sure the headlamps are switched off, then open the hood using the primary and auxiliary release latches.

Locate the back of the assembly containing the malfunctioning headlight bulb. If either the air intake cover or engine coolant reserve tank are blocking the bulb sockets, remove it and set it aside.

Remove the electrical connector from the back of the bulb by squeezing its tabs and pulling it away from the socket.

Turn the bulb one quarter-turn counterclockwise and pull it out of the socket. Headlight bulbs are fragile, so be careful not to drop or scratch it.

Twist the new bulb into the socket and reattach the electrical connector to the socket.

Test the new headlight to make sure it works before replacing the air intake cover or coolant tank and closing the hood.


  • Check the headlight diagram in the "Maintenance" section of your Accord Owner's Manual if you don't know whether to replace the low- or high-beam bulb.

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