How to Replace the Headlight Bulb on a 1988 Honda Civic

Headlights are an integral part of any vehicle. Headlights illuminate a dark road, cut through dense fog and alert other drivers to your presence. When your headlights burn out, you endanger yourself and other drivers. Having a burned out headlight is not only dangerous, it is illegal. Knowing how to replace your headlights will keep you safe on the road. The 1988 Honda Civic featured two types of headlight; a sealed headlight assembly without a replaceable bulb, and an open headlight assembly with a replaceable bulb. If you have a 1988 Honda Civic with an open headlight assembly you can simply replace the bulb when the headlight burns out.

Tools Used: Latex gloves, Headlight bulb

Replace Headlight Bulb

Open the hood and secure it with the aid of the hood prop arm.

Locate the back of the headlight assembly with the burned out bulb.

Put on your latex gloves and pull the wiring harness away from the headlight assembly.

Turn the plastic, threaded lock collar counter-clockwise and pull out the bulb.

Place the new bulb in the open socket and secure it by turning the threaded lock collar clockwise.

Plug the wiring harness back into the headlight assembly and close the hood.

Tips & Warnings

Carry an extra headlight bulb, latex gloves and a flashlight with you at all times. If your headlights burns out on the road, simply pull over and change it.

Always be careful when handling headlight bulbs. Let your car and the headlight assembly cool down before attempting to replace the bulb to avoid burning your hands on hot engine parts or hot bulbs.

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