How do I change my Honda Civic headlight?

The other day I was driving and got a ticket because my headlights were out. I didn’t even realize until the cop pointed it out. I’m wondering if you have any advice on how to change a Honda Civic headlight?

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Answer provided by
Lindsey Hoover
Answered on Apr 15, 2022
Sorry to hear about the ticket, but it’s a good thing you reached out. It sounds like your headlights might have burnt out—but regardless of the cause, we can definitely help you out!
To change a headlight bulb on a Honda Civic, you’ll first need to reference your vehicle’s owner’s manual in order to figure out what kind of replacement bulb to order. This will vary depending on the year your Honda Civic was made.
After looking over your owner’s manual, you’ll want to grab a screwdriver, trim tool, ratchet socket*, jack sets, hydraulic jack**, and protective gloves. When you’ve got your tools and you’re read to go, make sure your car is parked and the engine is turned off.
Now, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to replace your Honda Civic headlights:
  • Step 1: Lift vehicle up with hydraulic jack. This will allow easy access to the front bumper screws under your vehicle.
  • Step 2: Locate headlight holder. The bulbs are only accessible via the headlight bonnet. Open the bonnet, then unscrew it to reach the headlight connectors.
  • Step 3: Unscrew headlight brackets. Using your ratchet socket, remove the bolts on the upper and lower parts of the bracket.
  • Step 4: Unlock the connector. Disconnect the connector from the bulb. Use the trim tool to help loosen the ends of the seal connectors and help them unlock.
  • Step 5: Remove hold-down wires. Honda Civics usually have three hold-down wires. Disconnect the wires between the bulb and the headlights. From there, pull the holder up to release the bulbs.
  • Step 6: Install new headlight using your gloves, then reverse the steps you took above to make sure the bulb is properly locked in place.
  • Step 7: Test new headlight bulb. Turn your car on, then turn your headlights on to see if the replacement bulb works.
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