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So one of my driver side fog light has been out for a couple of weeks, and it's been cold as heck so i haven't had a chance to replace it.

Well finally today at work it was slow and we have a large warehouse so i brought my car in and decided to swap out the burnt bulb with an OEM bulb I bought from Walmart last night.

I opened the hood and the first thing I realized is "dammmmnnnnnnn!!!!!!" it's tight in there up behind the headlight assembly. So I figure I have to check the manual. The manual just says "Due to the complexity of the procedure for changing the fog lights, please see an Authorized Mazda Dealer." WTF? I have to go to the dealer to change a bulb? I can imagine how much the dealer charges. The bulb probably costs $10 and the labor costs another $20.

After doing some searching, there seems to be no specific thread in changing the fogs. There is one link out there from a member who replaced his parking lights with LEDs, but he has an Injen system so he has lots more space behind the driver side headlight assembly. I have the standard air box there taking up all the room.

How many components do I have to remove to replace my fogs and how do I remove them?


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You may want to ask the dealer if the bulbs are included in the warranty coverage. You may be able to get a new bulb installed for free.

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Getting to the Driver side isn't hard. The Passenger side might require that you move the washer fluid reservoir to clear the path, which is only a bolt or two.

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My Hatchback says to go to dealer to replace the rear lights "due to complexity" and yet there is a small panel you open just to access those bulbs.. not sure why they did that one.

The fog light is harder to do though, but I dont think it requires a dealer job.
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My Hatchback says to go to dealer to replace the rear lights "due to complexity" and yet there is a small panel you open just to access those bulbs.. not sure why they did that one.
If you have a V6 model, unless you have the hands of a little girl, there's no getting to that panel on the passenger sided without removing some stuff. Even then it's not incredibly easy to do without touching the bulb. Some people find it easier to just remove the entire bumper and slide the headlights forward to do the job.

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I had to remove the airbox to get behind the drivers side headlight. It's pretty easy to do. Finished the entire thing in about ten minutes. There are directions in removing the airbox in the airbox mod post which is here.

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Originally posted by Sigma@Feb 25 2005, 11:30 AM
If you have a V6 model, unless you have the hands of a little girl, there's no getting to that panel on the passenger sided without removing some stuff.* Even then it's not incredibly easy to do without touching the bulb.* Some people find it easier to just remove the entire bumper and slide the headlights forward to do the job.
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He changed the subject slightly... he was talking about the rear outboard bulbs... which I don't get the "complexity" either.

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are we talking about the fog light one that is super easy to get off but a bitch in heat to get back on or the low beam? the complex ones are the side markers cause the gromlet spins for eterity before lining up just right. yea coolant resivior neededto be unbolted for V6 in most cases and I4 is literaly just space and opportunity...

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