Miata 1990-1997

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Back-up, Brake, Marker, Signal, & Tail Lights



Removal & Installation
Tail Lights
Assembly

Specific to:

Mazda Miata 1990-1997



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Fig. The tail light assembly

  1. From inside the trunk, remove the right side upper trunk side garnish or carpet.
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  3. Unbolt the two bolts that hold in the assembly
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  5. Unhook the electrical connection.
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  7. Installation is the reverse of the removal.
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Bulbs

Specific to:

Mazda Miata 1990-1997

  1. If necessary, remove the plastic fasteners securing the trunk end trim panel and remove the panel. Remove the right side upper trunk side garnish to gain access to the far right side bulb.

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    Fig. To change a rear tail/brake bulb, first, if so equipped, remove the lens retaining screws



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    Fig. Disengage the lens from the body. Note the retaining pins on the lens which lock into the body grommets (arrows)



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    Fig. Pull the bulb socket from the lens..



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    Fig. Carefully push the bulb in far enough to clear the socket slots, turn it counterclockwise and remove it

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  3. If access to the bulb sockets cannot be gained through the trunk, remove the rear lens assembly. Usually retained by one or more screws and clips.

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    Fig. If equipped with trunk mounted rear lights, remove the bulb retaining assembly screws..



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    Fig. Pull the assembly from the trunk lid to access the bulbs



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    Fig. Remove the bulbs by carefully pushing the bulb in far enough to clear the socket slots, turn it counterclockwise and pull outward

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  5. Carefully remove the desired socket wiring from its respective retaining clip and turn it counterclockwise to remove the socket.
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  7. Carefully push the bulb in far enough to clear the socket slots, turn it counterclockwise and remove.
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  9. Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
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Headlights



Removal & Installation
Assembly

Specific to:

Mazda Miata 1990-1997



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Fig. The headlight assembly

  1. Remove the bezel
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  3. Remove the bolt holding the retractor motor to the hinge
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  5. Remove the two bolts holding the hinge to the mounting bracket.
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Bulb Replacement

Specific to:

Mazda Miata 1990-1997


CAUTION
The halogen headlight contains pressurized gas. It may shatter if the glass envelope is scratched or dropped. Handle the headlight carefully. Keep the headlight out of the reach of children.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.

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    Fig. To change a headlight bulb, first remove the bulb cover. Headlight lens assembly shown removed for clarity



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    Fig. Disengage the bulb retaining clasp



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    Fig. Pull the bulb from the lens assembly



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    Fig. Disengage the wire harness connector from the bulb

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  3. Turn the plastic surrounding ring, or cover, located in the back of the headlight lens assembly and slide it backwards (ring) or remove it (cover).
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  5. If necessary, unfasten the bulb clasp.
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  7. Remove the bulb from the headlight housing.
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  9. Unplug the bulb from the electrical connector.
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To install:

  1. Engage the electrical connector to the headlight bulb, caution should be taken not to touch the bulb, as oil from skin can cause the bulb to burn out prematurely.
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  3. Install the bulb into the headlight assembly.
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  5. If necessary, fasten the bulb retaining clasp.
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  7. Install the retaining collar or cover and securely tighten it.
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  9. Connect the negative battery cable.
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