How to Replace a Honda Civic Headlight

Written by jody l. campbell
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Available since 1973, the Honda Civic has endured eight different generational redesigns. During its facelifts, the Civic featured different headlights with slightly different installation procedures. The earliest versions used the old-fashioned sealed-beam unit headlights, while the newer generations converted to halogen bulbs. Depending on the year and model series, the halogen bulbs vary.

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Things you need

  • Clean shop rag
  • Replacement headlight (9004, 9005, 9006, H4 or sealed-beam headlight unit)
  • Phillips-head screwdriver

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    9004, 9005 and 9006 Headlights

  1. 1

    Turn the headlights on to determine the location of the faulty headlight. The 9004 headlight is a combination high-beam/low-beam unit, while the 9005 is a high-beam headlight and the 9006 is a low-beam headlight.

  2. 2

    Turn the lights off and open the hood to the Honda Civic.

  3. 3

    Remove any components in your way to access the back of the headlight assembly. On the driver's side, lift the power steering pump off of its bracket and then support it standing up so it does not leak power steering fluid from the reservoir. On the passenger side, remove the black plastic air-intake tube by lifting it off the air box assembly (if applicable).

  4. 4

    Disconnect the wire harness connection going to the headlight bulb.

  5. 5

    Turn the headlight retaining collar 1/3 of a turn counterclockwise to align the retaining tabs of the collar with the grooves in the headlight assembly. Extract the collar and headlight from the headlight assembly.

  6. 6

    Replace the headlight by reversing the procedure.

    H4 Headlights

  1. 1

    Perform Steps 2 and 3 from Section 1.

  2. 2

    Squeeze the locking tabs of the wire harness inward and then disconnect it from the headlight blades.

  3. 3

    Pull the weather gasket off of the back of the headlight assembly.

  4. 4

    Disconnect the wire retaining clip holding the headlight into the headlight assembly and then extract it from the assembly.

  5. 5

    Replace the bulb by reversing the procedure.

    Sealed-Beam Unit Headlights

  1. 1

    Remove the four retaining screws from the headlight bezel at the front of the Civic. The screws are located on each top corner and each bottom corner. Avoid accidentally turning the headlight adjustment screws. One is located at the top of the bezel in the middle and another is located on the outer edge of the headlight bezel.

  2. 2

    Remove the bezel and pull the headlight out of its cavity.

  3. 3

    Disconnect the wire harness attached to the back of the sealed-beam unit headlight.

  4. 4

    Install the new headlight by reversing the procedure.

Tips and warnings

  • Be sure to use a clean shop rag when handling a new halogen headlight bulb. Oil in your skin will create a weak spot on the glass if touched. Sealed-beam unit headlights do not require being careful not to touch the glass. They do not burn as hot as halogen headlights.

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