The other day the driver’s side low beam headlight burnt out in my 2004 Honda Accord. This is a picture guide walking through the easy steps to change out the light bulb.
What I used:
- flat screwdriver – medium size
- 10mm wrench
- Low-beam replacement bulb (part# 9006) or,
- High-beam replacement bulb (part# 9005)
Low-Beam Bulb Replacement
Here is a side-by-side photo of the two headlights on the Honda Accord. The high beams are on, in that configuration, both the low-beam and high-beam lights are illuminated. As you can see in the photo on the right, the low beam is the outermost (furthest right) light-bulb. The inner one is the high beam.
The replacement headlight bulbs for 2002-2007 Honda Accords depend on whether you are replacing the high-beam or low-beam headlight. These bulbs are different and will not fit into the mount for the opposite bulb, so make sure you get the correct part number for what you need.
The low-beam (part# 9006) bulb has a gray patch over the tip, I assume so it is not so bright…
Okay, now that you have the correct bulb, let’s go change it!
2 Methods to Change the Bulb
The passenger’s side bulbs are relatively easy to get at, but the driver’s side bulbs are a little more cramped. For that reason, there are several different methods to get at the bulb so that you can perform the swap.
Method 1: Go in through the Fender
Some people swear by this method, saying it is much easier and quicker than method 2. It involves removing the protective plastic in the wheel well and accessing the bulb that way.
Turn the steering wheel all the way to the right to give yourself as much room as possible to work.
Also, you will need a flat-bladed screwdriver.
Locate the plastic retaining clips on the inner part of the wheel well that are holding the black protective plastic in place. You will need to remove about 4 of these.
Use the screwdriver to pry out the center part of the clip.
Once the center part of the clip is out, the whole plug can be pryed out. It is very easy to break these, as I did shown in the photo below. If you’ve ever taken off any sort of clips like this before in the past, at least in my experience, about 50% of them end up breaking and becoming loose or unuseable. This is a nice kit of a variety of replacement clips, in case you attempt this method.
Once you have removed enough of the clips to pull back the black plastic panel, you can look in and see the light bulb you need to change. In this case, the black bulb with the white connector (near the middle of the image) is the low-beam bulb.
I personally attempted this method and quit half-way through. Why? Because I broke several of the retaining clips, it is awkward working in a low position around the tire, and it seemed that even when I did get the plastic all the way off, it would still be a very tight fit to reach my arms in there. Therefore, I chose to complete this task using method 2, and I recommend you do the same!
Method 2: Go in through the Hood
To access the driver’s side headlight bulbs, pop the hood and prop it up. We will remove the battery to access the light bulbs.
1 – Remove the Battery
The first step is to remove the battery retaining bar. For this, use a 10mm wrench.
Loosen the nut enough so that you can remove the hooks holding it down. Remove the retaining bar and set it aside.
Next, remove the negative battery cable. This requires a 10mm wrench.
After the negative cable is removed, then remove the positive battery clamp.
Push the battery cables aside and pull the battery out and set it aside.
2 – Locate and Remove the Old Bulb
Now look down where the battery was toward the back of the headlights. You will see two connectors and there respective bulbs. I believe the high-beam connector is blue, and the low-beam connector is white. In this case, I was replacing the low-beam bulb.
Grap the bulb body and give it a twist counter clockwise about 1/8th of a turn and then pull it out. If it is too tight, and you cannot get it loose, it sometimes helps to loosen the 3 Phillips head screws around the periphery.
Next, remove the old bulb by pressing the tab on the connector. Alternatively you can also use a flat screw driver to pry the tab upward to release the bulb.
Here is the old bulb removed. You can see the broken filament.
Here is a close-up of the broken filament, which I thought was kind of cool to look at.
Take your new bulb (part# 9006) and compare it to the old one, verifying that they are the same. Pay particular attention to the twist-lock tabs. The high-beam and low-beam tabs are different, and they won’t fit in eachother’s holder. Here are the old and new bulbs side by side.
3 – Put in the New Bulb
Carefully take the new bulb and push it into the connector.
Note: Take care! Do not touch the glass part of the bulb! Touching the bulb can contaminate the surface and reduce the lifetime of the bulb!
Press it into the connector until you hear a definite click.
Carefully fit the new bulb back into position.
It will start in about the 10 o’clock position and once in, rotate it tightly into the 12 o’clock position. Basically the reverse of what you did to get it out.
Now that the bulb has been replaced, we can start putting things back together.
4 – Put the Battery Back In
Carefully set the battery back into place and re-connect the positive battery cable and tighten it up.
Then replace the negative battery cable and tighten that one up.
Now put the battery retaining bar back into place and hook the hooks into their eyelets. Then tighten up the nut so that the battery is securely in place.
That’s it! I hope you found this helpful!