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Old 09-19-2011, 08:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Easy way to replace headlight / sidelight bulbs?

Just had my new (UK) SX4 for a couple of weeks and would like to replace the supplied headlight and sidelight bulbs for something a bit brighter etc.

I've had a look in the manual about changing procedure and then had a look under the hood. My question is: -

Q. Maybe like on my old ford focus, can't you just remove the complete headlight unit by removing the 2x screws and 1x plastic retaining click in order to get much better access to the head/side and indicator bulbs or have I missed something obvious?

It's just there's virtually no/very little space to actually change any of those bulbs on both headlight units. It would seem more sensible to just remove and unconnect the entire headlight units and replace bulbs easily?

Searched the forum but could only find an old Howto with no longer working pictures.

Any help / thoughts appreciated.
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Old 09-19-2011, 09:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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To get the headlamp assembly off you need to unhook the corner of the bumper and lower it to access the other bolts..
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Thanks lumpylarry for that reply ........... well, hmm, a bit more confused now?

Hmm, that sounds more complex than I first thourght. I'd assume that would also require the front wheel moldings to also be removed. How difficult is that then?

On an original note - how do other people replace their headlight/sidelight and indicator bulbs without major hand surgery? Can't believe it's that hard as it looks but have already found it difficult/near impossible to fit my hand into the space behind the light cluster?
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It's a tight fit but not impossible..
The corner one is a real pain.. You may want to try peeling back the fender liner and going in from the wheel well..
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Yes, it is crowded in there, but doable! I changed over my headlight bulbs to GE nighthawks. Complete removal of the headlight unit might mean needing headlight alignment later???
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The actual headlight bulbs are a piece of cake to change.
I replaced mine a long time ago, with Sylvania Ultras. They double my vision at night.

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Thanks for the replies. Not sure on the Suzuki how the headlight unit allignment is engineered, but on the old focus it was independant of the actual headlight unit if that makes sense i.e. removing/installing the headlight unit was a non-critical allignment issue.

Ok, will be ordering my Philips Xtreme Vision H4's and some LED replacement W5W sidelights today.

You've convinced me it's doable without completely removing the headlight assembly. so I'll give it a go, as well as organising some before and after pictures - and I'll post the results, once I've read up on how to attach them.

Thanks.
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Bump. Curious to see if the OP did this or not. I am planning to swap my bulbs out too. The OEM are way too dim for my liking.
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Like so many other cars of the last decade, the headlight bulbs on the SX4 are easily removable from the engine compartment. The bulb assembly is a 1/4 turn Twist-Lock design.

When the lights have been off long enough to be cool, grab the bulb assembly and give it a 1/4 turn to the left (CCW) and pull it straight out of the headlight reflector assembly.
Press the retainer clip on the plug and remove it from the bulb assembly.
Put in the new bulb by just reversing the above process.

I had both of mine changed in roughly five minutes.

Honestly, the Sylvania Silverstar ULTRA bulbs DOUBLED my night vision.
And they are legal. And, available at almost every Auto Parts Store.

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Sorry about the delay - yes, I did replace both main and side lights - but purely by the engine bay only.

I had a more detailed (as I could look and try to be honest) of removing the headlight assemberly - but agree it's not as easy as it could have been, so in the end just replaced the bulbs via the engine bay.

In case you have a diesel version like mine (in the UK) the drivers side bulb access is blocked via the air intake hose assembly which needs to be removed first - then fully limited (enough) access is available to replace the bulbs.

My main sticking point now is trying to replace the stock indicator flasher unit, so that I can finish my project and replace the front/rear yellow signal bulbs. I sourced the 'Toyota' replacement flasher unit - but looking at the relay housing and distribution box under/behind the steering wheel this looks like a completely different challenge!! (tempted to ask my dealer to do it - or wait for a run of dry days when I don't need to use the car in case it goes pear shaped ).

By the way, will need to change the main bulbs again to my (in reserve stock) Philips Blue Vision Ultra bulbs due to the Philips Extreme bulbs not looking as good as the LED side lights - you live and learn

I know it's really another thread, which I'll sort out - but if anyone as a tip/simple way of replacing the flasher unit -without killing the whole car electrics distribusion board that would be good to know
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