How to Replace the Headlights on a Honda CRV

Written by michael j. scott
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How to Replace the Headlights on a Honda CRV
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Headlight bulbs in a Honda CRV have a limited lifespan, meaning you will have to replace them at some point. Replacing the bulbs yourself requires no tools and only a minimal amount of time. The bulbs can be accessed from within the engine compartment, so no major parts removal is required. Replacement bulbs can be found at any auto parts retailer.

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Things you need

  • Replacement headlight bulb

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  1. 1

    Turn the headlight control switch to the "off" position. Open the bonnet to your CRV and locate the headlight socket. The socket it on the front wall of the engine area, directly behind the front headlight assembly.

  2. 2

    Grab the electrical connector on the both sides and pull it straight back from the headlight to disconnect it.

  3. 3

    Pull the rubber seal surrounding the headlight socket away from the socket. The seal is not held in place by any screws, so it will just pull free.

  4. 4

    Press in on the metal spring clip holding the bulb in place to release it. The clip is hinged on one side to rotate it out of the way.

  5. 5

    Slide the old bulb out of the socket and discard it. Slide a new bulb into the socket. On the back of the bulb is a three-prong connector. The single prong should be at the top of the bulb. Take care to avoid touching the glass on the bulb; CRVs use halogen bulbs that the oils on your skin can damage.

  6. 6

    Snap the spring clip back into place. Replace the rubber seal and reconnect the electrical plug. Close your bonnet and turn on your lights to test your new headlight.

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