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Old 06-13-2014, 12:16 AM   #1
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How To: Replace Your Headlights

First of all, this is for the 2014 Model, I am not sure if this is exactly the same for the 2010-12 Model (It'd be great if someone can confirm).

Being that YouTube is of no help in this matter, I decided to make my own Video.
http://youtu.be/3gLQwgS9wK0


I got some help from others here on this forum to help make sense of the manual and overcome several obstacles.

Low Beams / Fog Lamps:
Bulb Used: H11 (Sylvania Silverstar ZXE)

1) Read the Manual.
2) Turn the wheel to the opposite side of the one you want to work on.
3) Remove more screws / clips than the manual suggests to get better access to the lights
4) If you're just doing the fog lamps, you might want to try going through the bottom (see video).

If you've never done this before, look up other YouTube videos to get the general theory of it, and then look at mine for Crosstour specifics.

High Beams:
Bulb Used: H3B/9005 (Sylvania Silverstar ZXE)

Driver Side:
1) Open Hood
2) Remove Intake Cover (In front of the battery, see Video)
3) Remove Intake Rubber Tube (below the cover)
4) Disconnect Cable
5) Twist and remove the bulb
6) Install new bulb (twist it into place first)
7) Connect Cable to bulb
8) Put back intake parts

Note: If you've got big arms / hands, reaching in from the air intake area can be a problem...
I have very slim hands and I had plenty of trouble with it


Passenger Side:
1) Open Hood
2) Remove Radiator Coolant Reservoir (optional: this gives easier access and grip)
3) Disconnect Cable
4) Twist and remove the bulb
5) Install new bulb (twist it into place first)
6) Connect Cable to bulb

Tools Required:
1 x Phillips Screwdriver
1 x Flathead Screwdriver
1 x Pliers (if your clips get stubborn)
Pair of Latex Gloves

Time Required:
First time: 2-3 Hours
Next time: 45 mins - 1 Hour

Notes:
  • Do this when the engine is cool (and OFF)
  • Do this with the parking break ON (especially if you want to get the fog lights from below)
  • Don't be afraid to pull at the plastic covers a the wheels, they're pretty tough
  • The plastic clips in the wheel section can be very annoying... I had to use a pair of pliers to remove some of them...
  • You do not have to jack the car up (jacking the car up does not turn the wheel more to give you more room... it may only help if going for Fog Lamps from the bottom)
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GL84,

I watched both of your YouTube videos. Wow, that is as difficult as Honda could have made it. I was thinking about the NightHawk Xenons as Amazon has them for about $32 for a pair. After watching your videos, the OEMs are good enough for me for the amount of night driving I do. And yes I always drive with the Fogs on. I have with all my vehicles that have them. I like the full close light they provide. Now I see a huge labor bill coming when they eventually go out.

Good job on those videos BTW. You did need a Camera operator though.
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GL84,

I watched both of your YouTube videos. Wow, that is as difficult as Honda could have made it. I was thinking about the NightHawk Xenons as Amazon has them for about $32 for a pair. After watching your videos, the OEMs are good enough for me for the amount of night driving I do. And yes I always drive with the Fogs on. I have with all my vehicles that have them. I like the full close light they provide. Now I see a huge labor bill coming when they eventually go out.

Good job on those videos BTW. You did need a Camera operator though.
HAHA, thanks.

I do wish I had help with the videos, and that I could take my time (instead of doing it all in one take)... but unfortunately, I know there isn't many people who'd actually watch the video... the CT audience is small

After buying and trying:
Halogens: High/Low/Fog (OEMs vs. Sylvania ZXEs)
LEDs: High / Fog (5000k)
HIDs:Low (5000k)

I ended up going with:
5000K LED for High (with DLR turned off)
5000K HID for Low
4200K Halogens for Fog

The LEDs are so powerful, even in their lowered setting, the DLR would blind people in broad daylight...

The way that the Fog closure is designed, in conjunction with my particular type of LEDs, produced high glare off the inside reflector, and blinded oncoming traffic.

The LEDs actually performed WORSE than halogens for our needs:
The LED's beam pattern was so focused in the middle of the road (where the HIDs were already lighting it up), that it resulted in a noticeable 20-30% reduction in visibility on the sides (which is why I want the fogs to begin with)...

The Halogens (regardless of Stock or ZXE), produced a much wider beam pattern on the Fogs, and even though there's a color temperature difference, and there's less actual light produced... the beam pattern at the sides outperforms that of the LED I used.

(That is not to say, cheaper Fog Specific LEDs won't produce a good pattern, and be at the same color temperature...)
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Does anyone know, yes I can call, what Honda charges to change out a bulb or two?
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Also, is everyone seeing these annoying pop up ads on this site? I'm on my iPad so I'm pretty sure I'm not infected.
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Also, is everyone seeing these annoying pop up ads on this site? I'm on my iPad so I'm pretty sure I'm not infected.

Are you using the free app or the web browser? I got the same thing as well until I finally broke down and payed for the full auto guide app. No more popups or App Store opening.
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If anyone is having trouble with the Driver Side HighBeam installation...

Here's a new video showing how I got around it...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAX2...ature=youtu.be
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very helpful.Thank you
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How To: Replace Your Headlights

First of all, this is for the 2014 Model, I am not sure if this is exactly the same for the 2010-12 Model (It'd be great if someone can confirm).

Being that YouTube is of no help in this matter, I decided to make my own Video.
http://youtu.be/3gLQwgS9wK0


I got some help from others here on this forum to help make sense of the manual and overcome several obstacles.

Low Beams / Fog Lamps:
Bulb Used: H11 (Sylvania Silverstar ZXE)

1) Read the Manual.
2) Turn the wheel to the opposite side of the one you want to work on.
3) Remove more screws / clips than the manual suggests to get better access to the lights
4) If you're just doing the fog lamps, you might want to try going through the bottom (see video).

If you've never done this before, look up other YouTube videos to get the general theory of it, and then look at mine for Crosstour specifics.

High Beams:
Bulb Used: H3B/9005 (Sylvania Silverstar ZXE)

Driver Side:
1) Open Hood
2) Remove Intake Cover (In front of the battery, see Video)
3) Remove Intake Rubber Tube (below the cover)
4) Disconnect Cable
5) Twist and remove the bulb
6) Install new bulb (twist it into place first)
7) Connect Cable to bulb
8) Put back intake parts

Note: If you've got big arms / hands, reaching in from the air intake area can be a problem...
I have very slim hands and I had plenty of trouble with it


Passenger Side:
1) Open Hood
2) Remove Radiator Coolant Reservoir (optional: this gives easier access and grip)
3) Disconnect Cable
4) Twist and remove the bulb
5) Install new bulb (twist it into place first)
6) Connect Cable to bulb

Tools Required:
1 x Phillips Screwdriver
1 x Flathead Screwdriver
1 x Pliers (if your clips get stubborn)
Pair of Latex Gloves

Time Required:
First time: 2-3 Hours
Next time: 45 mins - 1 Hour

Notes:
  • Do this when the engine is cool (and OFF)
  • Do this with the parking break ON (especially if you want to get the fog lights from below)
  • Don't be afraid to pull at the plastic covers a the wheels, they're pretty tough
  • The plastic clips in the wheel section can be very annoying... I had to use a pair of pliers to remove some of them...
  • You do not have to jack the car up (jacking the car up does not turn the wheel more to give you more room... it may only help if going for Fog Lamps from the bottom)

Thanks GL84!

I had my driver's side low beam die last night. It took less then 30 minutes to replace both low beam bulbs. Thank you for all you do here on the Crosstour forum.
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I just want to thank you for posting these videos and instructions. I was able to replace all the headlights including the fog/driving lights in under 45 minutes. I am new here and I just purchased a used 2012 Crosstour that I love. One of the headlights was looking to go so I replaced all of them. This is a great community and I am pleased I found you!
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