How To Change Headlights in a Honda CR-V
Extended use or damage can cause your Honda CR-V headlight to fail. While any mechanic or even oil change technician will happily replace your headlight, you can save yourself some money by replacing your own. Use an online VIN lookup tool to find the exact headlight bulb you need and prepare for this easy car maintenance task.
Prepare Your CR-V
Be sure you have a safe, well-lit area to work before starting. Don’t attempt to replace your headlight while your CR-V is running, so shut off the engine and remove your keys. For added safety, use your parking brake. Replacing a headlight requires you to work under the hood of your vehicle, so wear appropriate work clothing and gloves.
Remove the Fuse Box to Access the Driver’s Side Headlight
Open the hood of your CR-V and look for the back of the headlight that needs to be replaced. For Hondas newer than 2007, you’ll need to remove the under-hood fuse box to access the driver’s side headlight.
Either headlight is connected to an electrical connector in the back. Find the electrical connector and pull straight back to remove it from your lightbulb. Keep the connector visible, as you’ll need to replace it after you swap out headlight bulbs.
Remove the Weather Seal
Your Honda CR-V has a rubber weather seal around the bulb socket that prevents moisture from entering your headlight. Look for a pull tab and carefully remove the rubber seal. If it’s undamaged, set it aside for replacement.
Unclip the Retaining Wire
Most headlight bulbs, including your CR-V, use a retaining wire to hold the headlight in place. Carefully unclip the end of the retaining wire so you can move it out of the way of the headlight socket. Take care that you don’t damage the retaining wire as you pivot it.
Remove the Old Bulb and Replace
Your old headlight bulb should be easy to pull out from the socket. Be sure you dispose of your burnt-out bulb properly. Next, it’s time to install your new bulb. Double-check that you have the correct bulb size and specifications. Don’t have a headlight with your bare hands, as your skin’s natural oils can damage the surface of the bulb.
After replacing the lightbulb, it’s just a matter of reversing all the steps. Ensure the retaining wire, rubber weather seal and electrical connector are all properly and securely installed. Inspect each of these components for signs of damage, as they may have contributed to your faulty headlight. If you replaced the driver’s side headlight, carefully install the under-hood fuse box.
Test Out Your New Headlight
Close your hood and start your CR-V to test out your new headlight. See if the angle is still correct and that it operates effectively. For more information about how to replace headlight bulb, search online or ask your local auto parts store expert. Be sure to use the VIN of your Honda CR-V to find the best brand of headlight that matches your vehicle and provides years of effective illumination for all your travels.