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How to Replace Headlight Assembly 2009-11 Honda FIT

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How to Replace Headlight Assembly 2009-11 Honda FIT

Created on: 2019-05-06

Learn how to replace old headlights if they're foggy or cracked. The 1A experts also explain how to check and adjust your new headlights if they're uneven

  1. step 1 :Removing the Bumper Cover
    • Remove the Phillips screw from the fender well on each side
    • Pry out the body clips from underneath the bumper
    • Remove the Phillips screw from underneath the bumper
    • Remove the push-pins from the upper shield with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Pull the bumper out from the fender well on each side
    • Pull the side of the bumper out and lift up on the tabs beneath the headlight with a trim tool
    • Pull the bumper off from the front
    • Disconnect the fog light wiring harnesses
  2. step 2 :Removing the Headlights
    • Remove the four 10mm bolts from the headlight
    • Pull the headlight assembly forward
    • Disconnect the wiring harnesses
  3. step 3 :Installing the Headlights
    • Remove the 10mm socket from the mounting bracket on the old headlight
    • Transfer the bracket to the new headlight
    • Tighten the 10mm bolts to the new headlight bracket
    • Connect the wiring harnesses
    • Insert the headlight into place
    • Tighten the four 10mm bolts to the headlight
  4. step 4 :Installing the Bumper Cover
    • Connect the fog light wiring harnesses
    • Press in the clips underneath the headlight and near the fender well
    • Press the push-pins in on the upper shield
    • Tighten the Phillips screws underneath the bumper
    • Press in the body clips underneath the bumper
    • Tighten the Phillips screw to the fender well on each side
  5. step 5 :Aiming the Headlights
    • Locate the axis of the headlights, the center point of the headlight bulb
    • Transfer the mark to a vertical wall
    • Mark the wall at the height of the axis mark
    • Back the vehicle up 25 feet
    • Locate the adjusting screw
    • Turn the headlights on
    • Rotate the screw until the passenger beam is two inches below the mark on the wall
    • Rotate the screw until the driver side beam is four inches below the mark

Tools needed for replacement

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions

    Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

    Trim Tool Set

Installation Video
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Hey, everyone, Sue here from 1A Auto and today we have a 2010 Honda Fit in the shop and as you can see, we're going to be doing the headlights. We got our headlights here from 1aauto.com. You need this part or any other part for your car, click on the link below and head on over to 1aauto.com.

First thing you got to do to remove the headlights on this Honda Fit is we have to take the bumper cover off. It's not that hard, take a couple of minutes. You need a Philips screwdriver, first step and right here on the fender well, you'll feel a little indent, that's where there's a Philips head type type of screw. We'll put the screwdriver right in there, take that off. I have my vehicle here right on the drive-on ramps which we saw at 1A auto. You don't always need a lift or have accessibility to a lift, so we'll use our jack stands or our ramp sometimes and it works both ways.

Once you take this screw out, you're going to do the same thing on the other side, identical. So, now we're underneath and we're going to undetach the front bumper cover to the under carriage. First spot over here is we have the plastic body clips. If your vehicle's in any condition like this one is or has seen the likes on the ground, all these clips need to be broken, so it's not going to be surprisingly if they do break all the way around, but we have replacements. If you are going to start this job you think, "I've hit a few curbs in my life." Wouldn't hurt to get prepared to get some of these clips before you get down here.

We actually sell these clips in assortment. I do believe it's for under $27, you get a whole assortment for your make and model, so you could get a whole assortment for a Honda or whatever you're currently looking on. That one's really bad. It's clip's broken completely off. There're identical spots on the side, see the notches are cut out, we're going to use my body clip tool to squeeze it in there, pull down the cover part and then the center piece comes right out and one more over here by the front tire. You can use a flat head screw driver which I'll probably switch to.

Here we have all these Philips screw heads going all the way over... When the center pin breaks, I pop it up in because I'm going to be replacing it anyways and then I just grab it, pull that out. That's going to get replaced, actually, all of them are. So, now with my Philips screwdriver, I'm going to disconnect all these once we're across, clip these four of them, set those aside, now we can go back up to the top.

Now, we're up on the top here, we're going to take off this top cover and as you can see there's four, six, seven, eight, eight pins. So, I'm going to take a flat head screw driver and I'm going to pry underneath and just pop that right up, just like that, do that to all three eight of them. Once I have all eight popped up, I just grab the actual cover and pull it up, just grab them, wiggle, pull straight up. Now, we can grab this cover, you got to move it passed that latch, get that out of the way.

Now, with the top fasteners and the underneath fasteners and your Philips screw, from the fender well, you're going to grab the outer edge here and in here there are little finger clips. You're going to grab from and pull, just like that. You're going to do the same to the other side. So, with the body tool, because it's plastic, do you see these clips in here? These three of them underneath the headlight, so you're going to pry and there and pull out, I'll show you on the other side, there's three more. You grab the fender part here, pull on it, and you'll see that little tab, lift up on that tab, found a wrench, not mine.

I broke that side free, passenger side, I'm just going to grab the driver side and give it a good tag. Now, we have the fog light connectors, we can get to them a lot easier. You see there's a black clip here, push down that clip and then push down on the wire harness. You do the same to the other side. Now, we'll just get the cover out of the way. Now, we have access to the headlamps with the bumper cover off. You can see the mounts, we've got one inside here, 10 millimeter socket, here, one up there and then one more there. There's four points, that's it. All 10 millimeter socket, I'm going to get the bottom ones first, got the last one up here on the top.

Now, we can just grab the headlight assembly and lift up. You don't want to disconnect the harness, so we have little one up front here, see the tab, it's underneath. You squeeze that and pull. In here we have the actual head lamp and then the actual mark away up here. Here we have our new headlight for our Honda Fit from 1A Auto and here's the factory one taken out. You can see, it's all faded due to sunlight and sun damage. New one from 1A, comes wrapped in a clear plastic that you're going to peel off before you install, just helps on the shipping, so it doesn't scratch the surface, turn it around.

This particular model from 1A comes with the bulbs. Not all of them do but this one comes with a new headlight, new little marker light, turn signal right there, there're already in there. We have a piece right here that you have to transfer over from your old headlight. It's a body clip piece where the bumper cover goes. You can see you have to transfer this piece over, there's one mining bolt and then it will just wing out as two little clips that clips into there. Also comes with adjusters, as you can see the factory light has an adjuster right here, it adjusts the inside bulb, not the whole lens assembly, just the bulb itself. Here's our model, it comes with the same adjustment and directions are punched in right on there, up and down, D for down, U for up. You can watch the actual bulb itself go to the adjustment. If you need this part or any other part for your car, click on the link below and head on over to 1auto.com.

Now, before we install our new head lamp assembly, we have to swap over the bracket on the bottom here that mounts where the bumper cover actually snaps into. You have one bolt here, 10 millimeter socket down below, break that free. Then what we're going to do is lift it up and get two little points right here, grab it thoroughly, pull out, so you get two little debits there and one below that sits in. You're going to transfer it over. You're going to put this piece in first, line those up down there, falls right into place, pretty easy. Always hand start your bolt.

Now, before we clip and put our harnesses back in, I would strongly suggest just taking a quick look at them. Someone already nice coated these dialelectric white grease, so that stops them curling, that's a pretty good idea. They all look in pretty good shape, no broken wires or burnt electrodes, that's what we're looking for. Now, we can set this right up. You got three prongs there, three prongs in your headlight, line them up, push it on. You'll feel it click in, this little top marker light is going to right there in that socket, just locate the lock tab, line that up, push that down in the clicks and the last one is the front blinker. It's like a little T shape, line that up, click it in.

We're going to bring the... over here there's two alignment pins into the metal fender, get two plastic ear pieces that are going to go right into that. There's four bolts total holding the headlamp assembly in. You have three that match the same length and then you have this one with the little C on I, that's the one that goes up in here. It sits in that little plastic seat, lines that up. It sacks the head lamp completely in under the lip here of the fender. You can start that by hand, and you can put this one in, then I got my one out here, the fender well and the one in the front here.

Which in mind you have to get an extension to start or maybe I can do it. I like to mount the dot bottom ones so that it pulls it in to the fender and so the top one will be lined up perfectly. So, I'll start at the bottom. Once I got the bottom three all tightened, I'm going to put the ... tighten the top one last and I'm just going to stag it right down. Now, I can take a good look, make sure that the assembly lines up really good with that fender well, looks pretty good. I'm going to do the same thing to the other side.

Now, we're ready to put the bumper cover on. Basically, I'm going to hold it as close as I can and I'm going to connect those fog light connectors again. As you can see I got rid of most of these, did the fall cleanup. Now, the key here is to make sure you get the bottom cover lined up properly. I like to do once right in the center, try to get it centered and then I'll go from the side and I'll work my way over. Once you get it lined up you're just going to give it a good ... This is why you use the body tools if you need to, there you go.

As you can see my bumper is a bit scratched out. If I had a bumper that wasn't already neat, I would definitely take painter's tape, you can get it at any hardware store or paint store and I would just trim it along the line here, knowing that I have to put a body tool in there, knowing I'll be using my hand after, just a little precaution to keep it nice and clean. Now, we're going to put the center piece on and this top here, just lining it up with the latch the way it goes, and it falls right into place.

Now, see the slip here? We're just going to lift it up in the back and slide it under. Here we go, nice and smooth, put all eight pins back in. Basically, once the center piece is pushed up, these little fingers will close in, fit right into the grove, make it flush and then push it down. It's easy, push the last one down and we're ready to go with down below. So, I like to put the screw parts in first, I work my way from the center, out. I see what I see going on here, so this bumper cover, pay attention to this from the top, I was working by myself, two people at this point would have been nice, but it can be done, just make sure you put bumper skirt under the ... I'm just going to ... the actual splash shield I mean. Here we go.

Now, we can put the four screws in. I'm going to put those in first before I put the plastic push pins because that way I know that I've got the ready clips lined up. It's easier to manipulate it around. I want to put my plastic clips in. We did have some of the Honda clips for my assortment, one in the center and don't be afraid to grab the bumper cover and shake it around till you get that center in the steel and then push the clip up. Last screw and then we can put our last two plastic push pins in, get another one here, see the broken ones still popping through. So, turn it from there, then I'll just use my other screw driver and then the last one was out here, make sure that's gone through.

Now, put the screw in the fender well, line it up, there's an identical one on the other side. Let's turn them on and see how they work, you got low beam, high beam, left turn, and right turn, regular parking lights, and then off.

This is a basic tutorial on how to aim the headlights on your vehicle. Find the access of your headlights, this is usually indicated with a small dot or the headlight bulb size on the lens. If not, it's the actual center point of your headlight bulb. Transfer this mark to a vertical wall with a preferably dark color that will allow you to back up 25 feet, pull up and find the center line of your vehicle as well as the center line of your head light access. Mark the wall with the height of the head lights and a straight line going across at that access height. Back your vehicle up 25 feet from the wall to the front edge of your vehicle's headlights, turn your headlights on and locate the adjusting screw usually on the back side of your headlights.

You'll want to rotate this until the passenger hot spot or focus of the beam is approximately two inches below the line and the driver's side is four inches below the line. We change the heights on each side so you can still get a good beam to the off side of the road on the passenger's side and have the driver's side low enough to not blind oncoming traffic.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

2009 - 2011  Honda  FIT
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