Honda Accord automobiles sometimes require more forward illumination, and can benefit from the addition of fog lamps. The installation of fog lights can provide as much as 55 watts of energy to cut through low-level humidity and extreme driving conditions, and come in a variety of colours and shapes. The average backyard mechanic can install a pair of fog lights to an Accord in about 30 minutes.
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Things you need
- Wire stripper/cutter
- Electrical tape
- Fog light kit
Choose a position for the fog lights by holding them in different locations on the front bumper area. This is important, because it will determine the light path, angle and the illuminated area. The closer to the centre they are, the tighter the beam pattern will be. The farther out they are, the wider the pattern will be (and not as focused). The tighter pattern will function as long-distance high beams, and the wider pattern makes a better fog or driving light.
Mount the fog lights into position by drilling small holes to accommodate the mounting brackets. Most Honda Accords have optional fog light areas on the lower section of the bumper skirt, covered by plastic fillers. By removing these filler panels (they pop out towards the front), the space can be used for the aftermarket lights, and should already have mounting points directly above them. Screw the mount brackets into position, then bolt in the fog light. Point them in a general direction, as they cannot be aimed with accuracy until they work.
Wire the lights by running the light gauge positive terminal wire from one fog light to the other, splicing them together with a third wire running to the interior dashboard. The light brackets should be grounded to the frame of the car, and as Accord bumpers are plastic, a negative wire must be run from both brackets to a grounding location. Some lights will have a separate negative wire, which can be grounded. Inside the car, take the one positive lead and run it through a switch to a hot terminal in the fuse panel. Accords have their fuses located to the left of the driver's side, underneath a dashboard panel. Select a non-critical system, like "Acc" or "Radio," and push the lead wire into one side of the fuse's pin. This will complete a circuit with the fog lights, and they should both light up when the switch is flipped. Wrap all splices with a liberal amount of electrical tape.
Conceal the wiring by tucking it into crevices or securing it to the underside of the bumper skirt, and mount the switch to a convenient place on the dashboard panel. The switch type can vary, but typically they will have bezels that can be screwed into plastic with minimal effort.
Aim the fog lights by turning them on and tightening the bracket bolt while they are pointed correctly. The bolt tightens in a clockwise direction, but should not be overtightened. The fog lights should not bounce or move while in motion, but they might become damaged from brackets that are too tight.
Tips and warnings
- Connecting the fog lights to a fuse gives better protection than a direct battery connection, and can even be "automatic" when starting the vehicle.
- Use caution when working on a vehicle's electrical system.
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