Acura Coupes and Sedans 1986-1993 Repair Guide




The concealed headlights are controlled by 2 retractor motors which are in turn controlled by their respective relays. The relays are energized by power to either the up wire (white/black) or the down wire (white/yellow), through the slip ring on the retractor motors. The up wire can be powered either by the headlight switch/control unit or by the retractor switch directly. The down wire can be powered by the control unit by either the headlight switch or the retractor switch. The control unit also senses any abnormality in the way the retractor motors operate and warns the driver by illuminating the warning light in the dash assembly.

Each retractor motor has a knob on the motor housing. Turn the motor by hand to manually raise or lower the headlight.


1986-89 Integra

See Figures 1, 2 and 3

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Fig. Fig. 1: Removing the headlight garnish trim piece-1986-89 Integra

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Fig. Fig. 2: Headlight removal-1986-89 Integra

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Fig. Fig. 3: Headlight cover removal-1986-89 Integra

  1. Raise the headlights.
  3. Remove the screws and the cowl clips to remove the headlight garnish trim piece.
  5. Unclip the retaining ring from the side adjusters by pushing forward and up. Disconnect the plug from the back.
  7. Remove the 3 screws from the unit and remove the headlight.
  9. Install in reverse order.

Except 1986-89 Integra
  1. Rotate the bulb holder at the rear of the headlight.
  3. Pull the holder off and out.
  5. Disconnect the plug from the bulb.
  7. Install in reverse order. Do not touch the glass portion of the bulb or a hot spot will form and severely shorten the life of the bulb.


The headlights need to be aimed to achieve the greatest effective light pattern. The headlights need to be adjusted using an aiming device to the standards set by the Department of Transportation or local authority, whomever has jurisdiction. A basic aiming can be done on vehicles equipped with bubble levels. Set the bubbles to the center mark and the lights will be basically aimed. The headlights will still need to be check for conformance with the law.