How to Change a Headlight Bulb on a 2007 Mazda 5

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Driving your 2007 Mazda 5 with a burnt out headlight bulb may be illegal. The Mazda 5 is a small minivan-type vehicle with six-person seating capacity. Motive power is via a dual-overhead-cam four-cylinder engine. The aerodynamic plastic headlights blend into the surrounding bodywork for a smooth look. Separate bulbs provide illumination for both the low- and the high-beams. Changing these bulbs are quite easy, so replace your burnt-out headlights as soon as possible.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Phillips screwdriver (left side bulbs only)
  • H7 low-beam bulb
  • 9005 high-beam bulb

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Instructions

    Low-Beam

  1. 1

    Turn the headlight switch off. Shut the ignition off. Open the bonnet.

  2. 2

    Access the low-beam headlight bulb on the outboard side of the backside of the headlight assembly.

  3. 3

    Pull the wiring connector straight off of the back of bulb. Pull the circular cover seal straight off the back of the headlight assembly.

  4. 4

    Push the bulb retaining spring inward and then down to unclip it. Swing the spring out and away from the backside of the bulb.

  5. 5

    Pull the bulb socket assembly straight out of the backside of the headlight assembly. Pull the bulb out of the socket and discard it.

  6. 6

    Handle the replacement H7 bulb by its plastic base to avoid getting oils from your skin on the bulb surface. Push the bulb into the socket until it is fully seated. Push the socket into the backside of the headlight assembly.

  7. 7

    Swing the retaining spring over the backside of the bulb. Push the spring inward and down to clip it into place. Replace the cover seal. Push the wiring connector into the metal prongs on the backside of the bulb. Close the bonnet.

    High-Beam

  1. 1

    Turn the headlight switch off. Shut the ignition off. Open the bonnet.

  2. 2

    Access the high-beam headlight bulb on the inboard side of the backside of the headlight assembly.

  3. 3

    Rotate the bulb assembly on the backside of the headlight in a counterclockwise direction and pull it straight out.

  4. 4

    Press down on the release tab on the socket. Pull the high-beam bulb straight out and discard it.

  5. 5

    Handle the replacement 9005 bulb by its plastic base to avoid getting oils from your skin on the bulb surface. Push the bulb into the socket until it snaps into place.

  6. 6

    Push the bulb assembly back into the hole on the backside of the headlight. Turn the assembly in a clockwise direction until it locks into place. Close the bonnet.

Tips and warnings

  • Note that when changing the left headlight bulb, the battery cover must be removed to gain access to the backside of the headlight assembly. Remove the screws from the cover with a Phillips screwdriver. Lift the cover straight up and place it aside. Replace the cover when finished changing the headlight bulb and tighten the retaining screws.
  • Mazda recommends that you do not replace the optional Xenon fusion low-beam bulbs yourself due to the high voltage wiring connection. Take your vehicle to a Mazda dealer to have these types of bulbs replaced. This does not apply if your 2007 Mazda 5 has the standard halogen low-beam bulbs.

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