How To Change A Mazda 3 Headlight Bulb




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Jacob Bates: I wrote an article that covers this procedure. I managed to get a good photo of the retaining clip that may help you not waste 30 minutes getting it to sit back into place. http://howtune.com/articles/100-replace-the-headlight-bulb-on-a-mazda-3

Dave Bouy: Thanks..dammit got the wrong one...figures I went to walmart..my bad.

Derantin Galien: for those having problem with the metal clip that holds the bulb in place: the clip is hinged, so it moves out of the receptacle and out of the way for you to remove the bulb, it is very easy to do, so if you are having problems doing this, you are doing it wrong. You do not have to put the bulb in with the metal clip in your way. Once the light bulb is in place, you will notice that there actual bulb has a like a tab on the metal base, that tab is an indication on where it locks in the car receptacle, that tab/notch has to fit in place in order to keep the bulb in place. Once this is done, pay attention to the actual metal clip, is has to pry on the side/lip of the plastic insert (where the bulb connects) not around the plastic insert, if you did this correctly, then you just push the clip back until you feel it hits a metal lip, at that point just wiggle it a bit and it will lock. The bulb has to be firm, if it is not, then you did this wrong. Cheers!

VantagePB: Yup guess what im having trouble with.. the crapty papper clip of a snap that holds the bulb back in

Diana Hiatt: This video is super helpful, I use it every time I change my bulb as a refresher. To Guillermo Matos, use common sense and put the clip on then. That doesn't invalidate the rest of the content. 

Jon Nones: Agreed...absolute pain in the neck. I'm not even sure if it's on snug or I bent it at this point. Guess if the light rattles or points askew, I'll know then. Great design, Mazda. Check out this video for a close up of the clip: Mazda 3 Headlight Retention Clip Closeup.

Guillermo Matos: Lol I just saw in the comments that you don't even put the clip back on. Big time fail on this video. DONT WASTE YOUR TIME ON THIS VIDEO.

Gabe Montenegro: what is the part number for this, 9004, 9005, 9007, h7??

Guillermo Matos: This video sucks at showing how to change the headlight. It should be renamed "How to take out the headlight". Seriously this is a useless video. The comments are more helpful than this garbage.

sQrin: The most difficult part is getting that retaining clip back on...pay attention to what you're doing when you removing it, so you can have an idea about what it takes to put it back on

bricke321: Waaaayy harder than you made it look... Thanks though :) That freaking clip... my god.

johnnieace45: I know the bulb cannot be touched because of oils creating a hot spot but I wonder if they are clean to begin with. I have been using a tissue to clean my bulbs as I remove them. I just can't be sure of the manufacturing process. I have the ultras they run about $22 each.

rick church: are these HID..?

AnthonyJ350: I think the driver just pulled back. The "flash to pass" feature usually leaves the low beams on. Pushing forward will turn high beams on and turn off the low beams.

PlatoXXII: thanks anthony!

InfamousLemons: this video didnt help me at all i tried to follow it to the letter but well when you fade out of you physically removing and re-installing the bulb then what is the point of this video...and to all others who watch this...just remove the headlight housing...so much faster....unless you have tiny hands

Adam Sommerton: when you enable your high beams your low beams will stay on. I have a 2007 Mazda 3 and mine does the same thing

Rieksfier: That retaining clip can kiss my lily white ass.

AnthonyJ350: @esra921 Ya, I'll admit I had to f*** around with the thing the first time. If you get frustrated with it just walk away for 5 min and try putting the clip in without the bulb to get a "feel" for how it installs.

Daboo81: Here's what I did to get things put back together. 1) Get the bulb seated snugly in the socket, without the rubber guard. Make sure to line up the little notch and get the bulb flush. The retainer clip will do its best to get in your way. Pull it up all the way on it's hinge so it's out of the way. Use a screwdriver or another tool to keep the clip out of the way. Push down pretty firmly on the clip until it catches the latch.

esra921: Such a pain to get the lower clip off the bulb... I bet it'll be a pain putting it back on

AnthonyJ350: Glad it helped you!

SGPlayer0008: You mean you didn't figure it out? He couldn't get it in. He worked on it for 2 f***ing hours. Then he took the car to the dealer to put the bulb in.

JoieDeVivre8: Thank you for posting this video! I'm thrilled that I managed to change the bulb myself.

David Mark: You could at least complete the vid and include the part of how to install the replacement bulb and clip it back. That clip on the passenger side is a nightmare....took me 40 mins. to get the clip back on.

jbower47: much appreciated...I was stuck on trying to figure out why my bulb didn't match the old one...then I saw your bit about the housing. Saved me time and effort, thanks!

AnthonyJ350: @keepinitGcode No they're just high output halogen bulbs.

ken jackson: The best way to put the clip back on is to loosen the screw with an offset screwdriver and position the clip and bulb in the correct place and try like hell to screw it back tight. This took me several minutes as well, but feels good once it stays together.

Dan Lawrence: Hey Thanks so much for this video. I had to replace both bulbs cause they both went dead at the same time. Also, my fingers hurt from those damn clips, especially doing it in 30 degree weather

Wild Card: Thanks dude. If you didn't throw that last tip in about removing the adapter piece from the stock bulbs before throwing them out, I would have never gotten this done.

ooochinese: Thank you so freakin much I just got my Mazda and almost killed myself doing this lol

unixman84: I'm car stupid, thanks to your video I fixed it myself. I appreciate your help.

SuperMsWolverine: Thanks for this. I'm taking mine in to the dealership. But next time i'll try this....or at least get my husband to. Lol

MrSocialleper: There is a lot of comments about putting the retaining clip back ON. A response about how to get it back on would be great.

rick church: That freaking clip is such a whore to get back on.

Jeremiah Dennis: respect

AnthonyJ350: @HoangsTech Lots of patience lol. Umm if you can look directly at it before you put the bulb in try to set the clip in first and get a "feel" for it. Then it shouldn't be so bad after.

LieutenantLoughead: How did you get the retaining clip back on?! That's the ONE part of your video that I needed to know. The rest of it is easy!

AnthonyJ350: It's a good practice to. I'll be honest, whenever I change out light bulbs I don't :p

AssaultAndBattery777: the clip............freakkk man

recoil669: Great video I will do this tomorrow. Do you have a video on replacing the fuse? I wanted to check if my Fuse was burst before I replace the bulb.

duffy15: Thank you <3

Pulseczar1: Skipped over the hardest part of putting that retention clip, that was designed by a sadist, back on.

AnthonyJ350: @ziggyiguana Glad it helped you :)

LostCatalyst: quick and painless, thank you

HarrrySpider: ha ha.. yes, and to further help you dislike the car, check the placement of the cabin air filter, and what it takes to reach THAT thing...

AnthonyJ350: These are standard style bulbs, so they'll just plug right in. No need to mount and wire up a ballast.

Dhruva Corrigan: For everyone struggling to put the retaining clip back in place, there is a visual guide by kanuck on flickr. I was struggling for a while until I found it. If you hover over the photo it has tagged the part of the clip that needs to get hooked and the place where it hooks under. Search for "kanuck mazda 3 visual guide." Thanks to flickr's kanuck!

fiercepancake: helped me out, just changed my bulb in the dark thanks to the tips on this video

Sacha K: Thanks. Done.
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Jacob Bates: I wrote an article that covers this procedure. I managed to get a good photo of the retaining clip that may help you not waste 30 minutes getting it to sit back into place. http://howtune.com/articles/100-replace-the-headlight-bulb-on-a-mazda-3
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