REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
See Figures 1 through 16
The lens or lighting assembly is generally removed to allow access to the bulb. Removable external lenses usually have a rubber gasket around them to keep dust and water out of the housing; the gasket must be present and in good condition at reinstallation.
Newer cars use many sealed lamp units, the lens is not separately removable for bulb access. These sealed units are much more efficient at eliminating dust and water from the housing; bulb access is from the rear of the unit. In this case, the assembly must be removed from its mount. In some cases, the mounting screws are visible and in other situations, the lamp is on a bracket which secures the lamp.
Whenever an assembly is to be removed, study the situation carefully; other trim pieces may need to be removed to expose retaining screws. Always beware of any hidden screws.
For the rear lamps, front marker lamps and some front turn signals, the socket and bulb is removed from the lens with a counterclockwise turn. Once the socket is removed from the lens, the bulb is removed either with a half-twist motion or, on smaller bulbs, by pulling it straight out. Use care and wear gloves; bulbs can break easily.
When installing new lamps, note that the socket for some turn signal bulbs have two different length guide grooves; the lamp only fits correctly one way. It is possible to do it wrong, but it requires a lot of force. If you find that you're pushing on the bulb with no result during installation, you've probably got it backwards.
Smaller interior lenses usually fit in place with plastic clips and must be pried or popped out of place. A small, flat, plastic tool is ideal for this job; if other tools are used, care must be taken not to break the lens or the clip.
The lamps used on Honda vehicles are all US standard and may be purchased at most auto parts stores or at the dealer. Because of the variety of lamps used on any vehicle, take the old one with you when shopping for the replacement.