How To Change A Mazda 3 Headlight Bulb




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Steve Franklin: Thank you for this video!

Valerie Houseman: That clip! Oh my gosh I hate that clip so much.

YoToTheHo69: I love everything about my Mazda 3 except this roostersucking headlight. You need lots of patience because unless you're thatasshole who designed this pieceofcrap, you're going to get bloody knuckles. I would be in line today to buy another (new) Mazda 3 but the headlight design did not change - so I'll be getting something else. Whatthefreak were they thinking when they came up with this headlight design???assholes!!

heychas: Thanks for the Vid! I watch it before every time I change a bulb... which is a lot for some reason (about 1-2 per year). 

basisloaded: Why would you not show how to put it back in?!? That was harder than any part. Fail video. 

yackadus: Maybe it is because I have freakishly small hands and fingers, the clip does not bother me that much. The upper portion should be squeezed (strong pressure to be applied), but the very end is quite flexible and easy to pop out and back in. It also is on a hinge, so once it is unclipped simply swivel it out and pull out the light bulb.

popolynn2: THAT GODDAMN CLIP FCSGFFCCFFUFUFFck

Walter Hurd: Ihave 2013 mazda 3l 

Gazm Uno: The god dam paper clip is a bitch! 

Dan Rigby: Great video thanks!! I didn't catch that i'd have to use half of the old bulbs so thanks heaps for pointing that out!

szsven: Thanks for the video, but you skipped an important step; to remove the rubber boot, you first have to disconnect the flat connector. To do this, you must depress the locks on either side as you pull the connector off. To get the spring clip back into place after replacing the bulb, I recommend using a flat screwdriver with a long shaft to push on the clip until it seats.

Gabriel Torres: I was looking for Mazda 5 2008 but apperently they are the same

Mauro Herrera: hi ,,thanks a lot for your video,,i saved 30 $ to pay someone to change the ligth and the bulb cost 14 $ :) merci

Ian Turgeon: 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

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

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. 

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!

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.

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??

solg05: Issues with the video: 1- It does not mention the removal of the connector before the removal of the round seal. 2- The pin on my vehicle is hard as rock and will not unlatch at all.

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

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.

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
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How to change a Mazda 3 Headlight bulb