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How to Replace the Headlight Bulb for a Honda Pilot

by Jody L. Campbell

Although at first glance it may appear to require a degree in rocket science, changing the headlight in your Honda Pilot is pretty simple. Some coordination and hand dexterity are all that are needed. Think of the money you can save at the local car repair shop or the dealership by tackling the project yourself.

Do not have the Honda Pilot running or the lights on when replacing the headlight. Release the hood latch and open the hood.

Locate the bulb that needs to be replaced and unplug the wire harness going to the three-pronged bulb by simply pulling it free. This may require a degree of tenacity.

Remove the black rubber gasket that covers the back of the headlight outlet. This simply pries off and it marked "top" for easy replacement alignment.

Locate the spring holding the headlight bulb in place. One side is clipped to a retainer and the other side is hinged. Press in the clipped side and lift upward gently to release the clip from the retainer.

Extract the old bulb and insert the new one in the exact same position. Be careful not to touch the glass bulb of the new headlight. Halogen headlights can be compromised or damaged altogether by the oils and alkaline in our skin.

Replace the spring. This will be the trickiest part of the whole job, but perseverance will pay off.

Replace the black rubber gasket making sure to align the top correctly.

Plug the harness into the bulb and go turn the lights on to make sure that it is working properly. Close the hood.

About the Author

Jody L. Campbell spent over 15 years as both a manager and an under-car specialist in the automotive repair industry. Prior to that, he managed two different restaurants for over 15 years. Campbell began his professional writing career in 2004 with the publication of his first book.

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