Honda - Accord Prelude 1996 2000

Headlights

Print

REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





Click image to see an enlarged view

Fig. Unplug the connector from the bottom of the headlight bulb



Click image to see an enlarged view

Fig. Space is limited, so once you have detached the connector push it out of the way so you have room to remove the bulb



Click image to see an enlarged view

Fig. Grasp the base of the bulb and turn it counterclockwise to remove



Click image to see an enlarged view

Fig. Holding it by the base only, carefully pull the bulb from the headlight housing



Click image to see an enlarged view

Fig. Do not touch the glass part of the bulb. Your fingers contain oils that will retain heat and shorten the life of the bulb



Click image to see an enlarged view

Fig. The manufacturer's part number is usually stamped on the base of the bulb. Always make sure to get the proper part when replacing a bulb

  1. Locate the headlight bulb that needs to be replaced.
  2.  

It may be necessary to remove a component or the composite headlight assembly to gain access to the bulbs.

  1. Turn the headlights off.
  2.  
  3. Detach the two prong connector from the base of the headlight bulb.
  4.  
  5. Twist the bulb counterclockwise to unlock it from the headlight housing, then carefully withdraw the bulb from the housing.
  6.  


WARNING
Do not touch the glass part of the bulb with your fingers. The pads of your fingers contain oils that will cause premature bulb failure.

To install:

  1. Install a new bulb into the headlight housing, then turn it 1 / 4 turn to lock it into place.
  2.  
  3. Attach the 2 prong connector to the bottom of the bulb.
  4.  
  5. Turn the headlight switch on to make sure the bulb works, then turn the switch off.
  6.  
  7. Install any components that were removed to get to the headlight bulb.
  8.  

AIMING THE HEADLIGHTS



The headlights must be properly aimed to provide the best, safest road illumination. The lights should be checked for proper aim and adjusted as necessary. Certain state and local authorities have requirements for headlight aiming; these should be checked before adjustment is made.


CAUTION
About once a year, when the headlight assemblies are replaced or any time front end work is performed on your vehicle, the headlight should be accurately aimed by a reputable repair shop using the proper equipment. Headlights not properly aimed can make it virtually impossible to see and may blind other drivers on the road, possibly causing an accident. Note that the following procedure is a temporary fix, until you can take your vehicle to a repair shop for a proper adjustment.

Headlight adjustment may be temporarily made using a wall, as described below, or on the rear of another vehicle. When adjusted, the lights should not glare in oncoming car or truck windshields, nor should they illuminate the passenger compartment of vehicles driving in front of you. These adjustments are rough and should always be fine-tuned by a repair shop which is equipped with headlight aiming tools. Improper adjustments may be both dangerous and illegal.

Because the composite headlight assembly is bolted into position, no adjustment should be necessary or possible. Some applications, however, may be bolted to an adjuster plate or may be retained by adjusting screws. If so, follow this procedure when adjusting the lights, BUT always have the adjustment checked by a reputable shop.

Before removing the headlight bulb or disturbing the headlamp in any way, note the current settings in order to ease headlight adjustment upon reassembly. If the high or low beam setting of the old lamp still works, this can be done using the wall of a garage or a building:

  1. Park the vehicle on a level surface, with the fuel tank about 1 / 2 full and with the vehicle empty of all extra cargo (unless normally carried). The vehicle should be facing a wall which is no less than 6 feet (1.8m) high and 12 feet (3.7m) wide. The front of the vehicle should be about 25 feet from the wall.
  2.  



Click image to see an enlarged view

Fig. Example of headlight adjustment screw location for composite headlamps

  1. If aiming is to be performed outdoors, it is advisable to wait until dusk in order to properly see the headlight beams on the wall. If done in a garage, darken the area around the wall as much as possible by closing shades or hanging cloth over the windows.
  2.  
  3. Turn the headlights ON and mark the wall at the center of each light's low beam, then switch on the brights and mark the center of each light's high beam. A short length of masking tape which is visible from the front of the vehicle may be used. Although marking all four positions is advisable, marking one position from each light should be sufficient.
  4.  



Click image to see an enlarged view

Fig. Low-beam headlight pattern alignment



Click image to see an enlarged view

Fig. High-beam headlight pattern alignment

  1. If neither beam on one side is working, and if another like-sized vehicle is available, park the second one in the exact spot where the vehicle was and mark the beams using the same-side light. Then switch the vehicles so the one to be aimed is back in the original spot. It must be parked no closer to or farther away from the wall than the second vehicle.
  2.  
  3. Perform any necessary repairs, but make sure the vehicle is not moved, or is returned to the exact spot from which the lights were marked. Turn the headlights ON and adjust the beams to match the marks on the wall.
  4.  
  5. Have the headlight adjustment checked as soon as possible by a reputable repair shop.
  6.  

 
label.common.footer.alt.autozoneLogo