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Headlight bulb replacement without removing fender liner

Going to replace my stock headlight bulbs with Philips 9012 HIR bulbs on Monday.

Based on some searching here, it seems the standard way to replace the low-beam bulbs is to remove part of the inner fender liner. However, there are some videos you Youtube which show that you can replace the bulbs without having to remove the liner, by going under the hood. The passenger side seems pretty easy, and the driver's side doesn't look too bad either (just need to remove the battery which is a 5-min process).

Anybody done it this way before? Would you recommend it vs. getting to the bulb through the fender liner?




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I tried from the inner fender liner and scratched my arm along the way.

Much easier to go in from above, trust me, I've done this enough times!!


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I tried from the inner fender liner and scratched my arm along the way.

Much easier to go in from above, trust me, I've done this enough times!!
Thanks. Any hints/tips for accessing the bulbs from the top?

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Just look down. You will see them. Having small hands help too. I suggest wearing gloves so your hand doesn't get scratched up.

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Here's an old thread that I think should help:

How to replace headlight bulb on 05 Accord V6?

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I think removing a few push clips from the fender liner would take less time than removing the battery. Removing the battery also requires you to enter the radio code, reset the radio stations, and the clock. I didn't have any problems going in from the fender. It might seem like you are going to kink up the fender liner, but it just pops right back into place. Would the owner's manual steer you wrong?

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I think removing a few push clips from the fender liner would take less time than removing the battery. Removing the battery also requires you to enter the radio code, reset the radio stations, and the clock. I didn't have any problems going in from the fender. It might seem like you are going to kink up the fender liner, but it just pops right back into place. Would the owner's manual steer you wrong?
I agree, its easy to just pull back the fender liner dont need to remove it.

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I can access both sides without removing battery or liner, you just have to feel your way. Without removing the liner and pulling it, you're gonna get some scratches on your forearms.

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I've gone through a slew of headlight bulbs (back to OEM for now), and have lots of experience changing them. The wheel well technique is by far the easiest. You don't have to remove anything, just pull the wheel well cowling back enough to reach in. I can do both sides in about 15 minutes although you have to sit on the ground.

It helps to keep a small bag of those bumper clips handy; they break very easily but are quite cheap.

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It helps to keep a small bag of those bumper clips handy; they break very easily but are quite cheap.
Heck, I dont even replace all of them. I have several missing especially under the hood and all is fine. I just use enough to keep the panel from falling off.

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Carl: lol I ended up doing the same thing with my fender & under-hood clips when I was working on my retros - got so tired of removing and replacing all of them.

OP: I definitely agree with the others - for me personally, it takes < 1 minute to remove the fender clips with a panel popper (maybe a couple minutes with a flat head screw driver) - then just reach in, twist the LB CCW, pop the new bulb in and twist CW, then pop the clips back in. Done. - I find it a lot easier than finding a 10mm, undoing both battery terminals, lifting the battery up and out, replacing bulb, re-installing battery, then having to put in your radio (& navi) codes

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I've gone through enough of the clips over the years, I'm getting good at not screwing them up. You can't just go jamming them in, you have to make sure all the little legs go in the hole, and they go in just fine.

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To each their own I guess, I tried the fender liner route once, that's enough for me, I personally prefer removing the battery, but that's just me.

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I did the 9006 --> 9012 swap today.

To my surprise, both the passenger and the driver's side were easily done, without having to remove the battery or open the fender liner.

To help others in the future, I made a short tutorial with pictures.

Passenger side: as you can see from the pictures, you have relatively easy access to the low-beam bulbs. No need to remove anything. All you need to do is reach under the power steering hose. This side only took me about 2-3 minutes total.


To remove the bulb, first pull off the power plug. You need to press down on the lower back part of the white plug to release the lock, while pulling down on the white plug at the same time.

Afterwards, grab the back of the bulb and rotate counterclockwise about 1/4 turn, and then the bulb will come loose and you can pull it out.

To install, simply put in the new bulb, line up the tabs, and rotate clockwise 1/4 turn to lock it in. It is very easy to line up the tabs, and you can definitely do it by feel alone.

To re-attach the power connector, push firmly upward on the white plug until you feel it clicking into place.

The power connector on the bulb should be facing straight down once the bulb is locked into place.







The driver's side is harder, but still very much doable without having to remove the battery or the fender liner.

On the driver's side, you will need to remove this cover first. Don't worry, it's very easy and no tools are needed to remove the 2 clips. Just pull the inner part of the clip while holding still the plastic ring around it, and it will come out.



Once this cover is out, you will have access to the headlight bulb. Access is tighter on this side compared to the passenger side, but it is still easy to get the old bulb out and the new one in. I recommend practicing removal/installation with the old bulb a few times before you try it with the brand new bulb.



Shown below is another view, from the short side of the battery. To get to the bulb, I recommend sticking a hand down into the gap between the side of the battery and the fender (see below).

You can stick your other hand through the other gap (see the last picture) and use that hand to help pull off the power plug for the bulb.




For those who are replacing their stock 9006 bulbs with brighter 9012 HIR bulbs, here is the template for modifying the tabs on the 9012 bulbs. I used a pair of tin snips and large nail clippers to trim off the excess plastic from the 9012 bulb, and it was a relatively easy process.


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I have fairly large hands and arms and I've always just reached down and changed them. Sure it is a tight fit, but definitely doable.

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