How do I replace the headlight assemblies on a 2000 Mazda 626?
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CAUTION: When you Install the headlight, the headlight may hit the edge of the front fender panel. This may cause scratches on the front fender panel. To avoid this, attach protective tape to the edge of the front fender panel.
I need more information. What types of tools would I need to do this job? Are there any other screws/bolts that need to be removed in addition to the ones in the diagram? How do I adjust the headlight aiming? Is there a different procedure for the left and right headlights? I would like as many details as possible, and diagrams would be helpful. Thanks.
These are the only diagrams that Mazda gives. They always assume the technician knows the terms. The combination lamp is held in by I think 1 or 2 screws. After you remove the combination lamp you remove the bolt in the picture. This is the same procedure for both sides. Typical phillips screwdriver, maybe a pair of side cutters, small socket set is all you will need. You will only need to adjust them if they are off.
So to be clear, I need to remove the side lights first, and then the actual headlights?
Yes that is correct, the cornering lights.Bob
In your honest opinion, is this a DIY job, or would it be better to have it done professionally? It doesn't seem too difficult, but I don't want to damage my car or mess something up.
I would say it is easy enough for a DIY, but just be careful not to scratch the bumper or paint, cover it up. A mechanic will charge about $100 including aiming to replace both. If you are that worried about it, then put the liability on the professionalBob
25 years in the auto repair business