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Changing Bulbs for headlights and front signals

Somebody else might have asked this question already, but how do you change the low beam headlights on a V6? Could somebody answer this question or direct me to a thread that explains the procedures?

does the bumper need to come off? or any other parts have to be removed?

Thanks and sorry for re-posting if somebody asked about this already. :)
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I think you will have to pull the whole headlight assembly which means the bumber cover needs to come off first.
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yup, whole front bumper cover has to come off. I've done this to my car about, oh, 5 times. Not too hard...Just remove the two screws and little plastic phillips head plugs at the top of the grill, go underneath the car and remove all 8 (maybe 10) of the little phillips head bolt/screws (be sure not to remove the screws that hold the black rubber things to the bumper that protect it from scraping...those dont need to come off). There will also be two larger bolts towards the middle of the bumper underneath (i believe they are 10mm); remove those as well. Now, go up under each front fender well and pull back the plastic lining. You'll see a small phillips screw pointing upwards. Remove that on each side and also the three phillips head plastic screws from each side. Now the bumper is ready to come off. Go to one side of the car and start pulling the bumper towards you (right where the point of the bumper meets the front fender, underneath the headlamp assembly). Do this to each side and the bumper should come right off. DONT FORGET TO UNHOOK THE LIGHTS FROM THE BUMPER MARKERS LENSES! Now, to get the headlamp out (you have to take it out to change the bulbs). There are two 10mm bolts (black) on top along with a little plastic plug that need to come off, there is one black and one gold 10mm bolt underneath the housing that need to come off and finally one 10mm bolt on the outside of each lamp (where you pulled the bumper from). Once those are removed, slide the light assembly towards you and dont forget to disconnect the harness so it will come all the way out. Hope this helps! And dont worry, it's not as bad as you think...I can have mine off and back on again in 20 minutes now :)

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or you could not do this like i did when i installed my HID's:)
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You mean the bumper cover has to come off to replace the low beams? You have got to be joking. They really should have made us have to take out the engine. Is it that difficult to replace the fog lights or high beams?
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* * * * * * You mean the bumper cover has to come off to replace the low beams? You have got to be joking. They really should have made us have to take out the engine. Is it that difficult to replace the fog lights or high beams?[/b]
Yup, low beams, high beams, fogs and signals, they're all right next to each other. If you look in your manual under headlight bulb replacement, it say something like "due to the complexity of this process, please see your authorized Mazda dealer".
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I had heard it is not that difficult to replace the fogs and high beams since they are not on the far edge like the low beam is. I don't see why they don't just pop out like on a regular car. I assume the bulbs come out at the back of the housing, and you can easily get to the back of the housing without having to remove it.

I was thinking about replacing the fog bulbs with something a little brighter. The stock bulbs are a little dim. As for the low beams, I guess that's going to have to wait!

1sexy6, you get a K&N air filter for your car yet? Mine is on order now. With the airbox mod, it ought to be just like a CAI, minus the cost. In fact, with a Dremmel, it possible to open the airbox even more, as much as necessary.

Now we need some exhaust options.
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I saw a K&N filter on ebay the other day for like $35.99 and I don't know if I want to just go with the airbox mod and K&N or go all out for a CAI. I'm getting impatient on exhaust :( Might end up going custom :rolleyes:
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That's a lot of screws that need to be removed man :(. But thank you kyle for the detailed description and I will try to remove the bumper cover myself when I have some free time. :)
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There's another post where LBJay posted removal instructions. You might wanna check that out too.


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