How do you replace a Honda Civic headlight assembly?

I accidentally pulled too far into the driveway and busted my car’s headlight on my kids’ basketball hoop. I went to the mechanic, and he said I need a whole new headlight assembly and gave me a quote. I’ve heard the process isn’t too tricky, and I’d like to save some money by doing it myself. I purchased the replacement piece, but how do I replace the headlight assembly on my Honda Civic?

Answer
Car maintenance and repairs can undoubtedly be expensive, so I understand wanting to save some money by replacing the assembly yourself!
However, replacing the headlight assembly on your Honda Civic can be a bit challenging, especially if you don’t have previous mechanical experience. After reading the instructions, if you don’t feel confident, have the assembly replaced by a mechanic.
To replace a Honda Civic headlight assembly, you’ll need:
  • The replacement parts
  • 10mm wrench
  • Phillips and flathead screwdriver
Once you have your supplies, you should:
  • Open the hood and remove the plastic air guide cover under the hood latch using a flat head screwdriver.
  • Remove the front bumper by undoing the screws and bolts holding it in place. The fasteners, bolts, and screws are located in the front wheel wells, beneath the radiator cover, and on the underside of the front bumper.
  • You should now be able to see the front headlight assembly. Undo the wiring harness, bracket, fasteners, and the bolts holding it in place.
  • Remove the headlight assembly.
  • Install the new headlight assembly. Remember to reattach the connectors and tighten all the screws, bolts, and fasteners.
  • Test the headlights of your car.
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Jack Walsh
Answered on Dec 27, 2021
Jack is an insurance specialist and writer living in Buffalo, New York. He has a BA from Union College and worked as an insurance agent with Jerry before joining our content team. He enjoys using data and research to break down complex subjects and convey a story. In his spare time, Jack enjoys cycling, cooking, and exploring Buffalo’s beautiful waterfront.
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