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Old 01-12-2006, 06:40 AM
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Default How to replace 2004 CR-V headlight bulbs

a very basic question - i am trying to replace the standard halogen bulbs with the sylvania silverstar 9003xv high intensity bulbs - but i have no idea how to actually do the replacement. Is is a simple job even for the mechanically challenged like myself? is there a sheet somewhere that shows how to do it? i looked at the install sheets and there is no headlight bulb sheet -
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Old 01-12-2006, 01:14 PM
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Consult the owners manual, it is beyond easy. Just make sure that you DO NOT touch the bulb with your bare skin... it will make the bulb burn out very quickly
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The summary instructions are:
1 ) Open hood
2 ) Pull plug from the back of the headlight. it's a 3 pronged plug and sometimes might be a little hard to get off.
3 ) Pull rubber cover/seal off the back of the headlight housing
4 ) Unlatch the metal retainer that holds the bulb in place. this is done by pressing the non-hinged side into the headlight housing and unhooking it untill it can swivel back.
5 ) Remove the old bulb. Pay atention how it is oriented!
6 ) place the new bulb in it's place. make sure it is oriented correctly!
7 ) swivel the retainer back over the bulb end hook it back in place to secure the bulb. this can be a little tricky some times.
8 ) Replace the rubber cover and make sure it is seated well and that the drain hole points down!
9 ) Plug the wire harnas back into the back of the bulb.

Repeat as needed on the other side.

These instructions are based on my 2002 CRV. They switched headlight housing configuration on the 04 I believe, but the basic steps remain the same.

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Old 01-12-2006, 02:53 PM
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If you're feeling really anxious about this job, you may want to quaff one or two of your favorite beverages along the way to settle your nerves.
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Old 01-12-2006, 04:04 PM
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I just did mine on my '04, it is exactly as Paul says. It helps to have a bit of light available, I did mine at night in my driveway and had to use a drop light to see the latching mechanism, although once I saw it it was easy to do just by feel. I have the biggest hands of anybody I know and they fit back there just fine, so you should find it pretty easy.
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Old 01-12-2006, 04:25 PM
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best trick sometimes is to learn your V so get used to it.............
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The worst part about this project is getting the dielectric compound on your hands.
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Old 01-13-2006, 12:36 AM
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NO-OX is good for you causes cancer in caliornia, must have a film of it on the connection otherwise te terminals get curroded(spell check) (need tea)
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Really? I didn't know it causes cancer. (o_0) (Were you kidding?)

And yes, it is great for keeping the terminals from corroding. Spelling Google checked. :wink:
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Default Re: How to replace 2004 CR-V headlight bulbs

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a very basic question - i am trying to replace the standard halogen bulbs with the sylvania silverstar 9003xv high intensity bulbs - but i have no idea how to actually do the replacement. Is is a simple job even for the mechanically challenged like myself? is there a sheet somewhere that shows how to do it? i looked at the install sheets and there is no headlight bulb sheet -
Yeah, the sheet is in the book that came with the car, called OWNER's MANUAL. According to this it is on page 183 of the OWNER's MANUAL.

Simply, there is no majic to it. OWNER's MANUAL covers alot of things, maybe they give you one for a reason?
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