How to Replace Headlight Bulbs on a 2004 Honda Odyssey

by Richard Rowe

    From a consumer's point of view, the best part about any minivan is that almost all of the mechanical bits that make the van go are shoved well forward and out of the way. That leaves one big box for passengers. From a mechanic's point of view, the worst part about a minivan is that everything is shoved all the way to the front, which complicates getting to anything. The first-generation Odyssey doesn't require you to remove the bumper the way the second one does -- but having bones made of cartilage wouldn't hurt.

    Items you will need

    • Needle-nosed pliers
    • Latex gloves
    Step 1

    On the passenger side, look behind the headlight housing for the plug that connects to the light bulb. Unplug the harness. Around the plug you'll see a large, black, donut-shaped gasket that seals the headlight housing. You'll note that it has two black tabs on it. Pull on the tab and work the gasket rearward and out of the headlight housing.

    Step 2

    Push down on the thin, wire retaining clip that holds the bulb in the housing, and pivot it up and off of the bulb. Pull the bulb out by the brass contacts on the back. Grasp the new bulb by the base, not the glass; the oil on your fingertips will cause it to blow out sooner. Push it into the housing, push the clip back over it and reinstall the gasket, with the moisture vent on the bottom. Plug the harness back in and turn your lights on to test it.

    Step 3

    Repeat on the driver side. The only difference here is that, to get to the back of the housing, you'll have to remove the air filter box. Remove the two plastic pins that secure the fill piece between the air box and chassis, then remove the four Phillips screws to remove -- or at least move -- the airbox. Replace the bulb as described in steps 1 and 2, then reinstall the air box, screws and plastic trim piece.

    Tip

    • Always replace your light bulbs in pairs. The light bulbs have a similar service life, and if one goes, the other won't be far behind. And they're cheaper when you buy them in pairs, so this is a good time to do it. Save the working old bulb as a road-side spare. Use the new bulb's packaging to protect the old bulb and tuck it away somewhere handy.

    References

    • ProDemand; 2001 Honda Odyssey; Components; Headlight