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Old 10-07-2003, 04:04 PM   #1
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Default Plz help with HID bulb replacement (STi)

Hello everyone. I posted this in "Electrical and Lighting" but it's not really getting any attention there so thought I'd try here. I got some replacement HID bulbs for my STi (more white-blue than the stockers) and went to install them last night. I was working with the owners manual instructions. They say to remove the bulb cover by turning it - that went smoothly. Then it says to remove the electrical pin connector and the spring clip in order to access the bulb. I don't see EITHER ONE! (argh!) When I take off the bulb cover I see a silver "box" approx. 1.5 inches across with a yellow wire running across it. I'm wondering if anyone can shed some light on this (pun intended) as I'm clueless at this point. Any help is greatly appreciated!!!
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Let me take a look at the tech manual I downloaded, will post later this afternoon.
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Old 10-07-2003, 04:53 PM   #3
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Horshack - I would be so grateful you have no idea. I don't know where else to turn at this point.....thanks so so much for taking the time....lemme know what you can come up with, and really, THANKS!!!
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Originally posted by STiDayDreamin'
Hello everyone. I posted this in "Electrical and Lighting" but it's not really getting any attention there so thought I'd try here. I got some replacement HID bulbs for my STi (more white-blue than the stockers) and went to install them last night. I was working with the owners manual instructions. They say to remove the bulb cover by turning it - that went smoothly. Then it says to remove the electrical pin connector and the spring clip in order to access the bulb. I don't see EITHER ONE! (argh!) When I take off the bulb cover I see a silver "box" approx. 1.5 inches across with a yellow wire running across it. I'm wondering if anyone can shed some light on this (pun intended) as I'm clueless at this point. Any help is greatly appreciated!!!
Here is what I was able to find:

LI-14
LIGHTING SYSTEM
HEADLIGHT BULB
12.Headlight Bulb
A: REMOVAL
1. HIGH BEAM AND HALOGEN TYPE LOW
BEAM
CAUTION:
• Because the tungsten halogen bulb operates
at a high temperature, dirt and oil on the bulb
surface reduces the bulb's service life. Hold the
flange portion when replacing the bulb. Never
touch the glass portion.
• Do not leave the headlight without a bulb for
a long time. Dust, moisture, etc. entering the
headlight may affect its performance.
1) Disconnect the ground cable from battery.
2) Remove the air intake duct (A) (when right side
headlight bulb is removed).
3) Disconnect the harness connector.
4) Remove the bulb ASSY (A): high beam. To remove
the low beam, remove the back cover (B),
and then go to Step 5.
5) Remove the light bulb retaining spring (A) to remove
the bulb.
2. HID TYPE LOW BEAM
CAUTION:
• Do not operate with wet hands.
• As the lightening circuit uses high voltage,
be sure to confirm that the power supply is
turned off before operation.
• When replacing the bulb, hold the flange portion
and never touch the glass portion.
• Do not leave the headlight without a bulb for
a long time. Dust, and moisture, etc. entering
the headlight may affect its performance.
1) Remove the ground cable from battery.
2) Remove the headlight assembly. <Ref. to LI-14,
HID TYPE LOW BEAM, REMOVAL, Headlight
Bulb.>
3) Remove the back cover.
4) Disconnect the harness connector.
LI-00190
(A)
LI-00195
(A) (B)
LI-00196
(A)
LI-00197
LI-00198
LI-15
LIGHTING SYSTEM
HEADLIGHT BULB
5) Remove the light bulb retaining spring, and then
remove the bulb.
B: INSTALLATION
Install in the reverse order of removal.
CAUTION:
Attach the rubber cap with letters TOP on the
top so the drain hole will be on the lower side.
C: INSPECTION
1. HALOGEN TYPE
1) Visually check the bulb for blow out.
2) Check the bulb specification. <Ref. to LI-2,
SPECIFICATIONS, General Description.>
3) If NG, replace the bulb with a new one.
2. HID TYPE
CAUTION:
• Do not operate with wet hands.
• Do not touch the harness, inner headlight, or
any metallic portion of the headlight when the
light is illuminated (when the lighting switch is
turned on).
• When performing a lighting test, make sure
that the headlight is mounted on the vehicle,
and the power supply is connected to the connector
on the vehicle’s side.
1) Check the bulb specification. <Ref. to LI-2,
SPECIFICATIONS, General Description.>
2) Use a normal HID bulb for headlight lighting test.
3) If the headlight does not illuminate, replace the
bulb with a new one. <Ref. to LI-15, DISPOSAL,
Headlight Bulb.>
D: DISPOSAL
1. HID TYPE
CAUTION:
HID type light bulb contains mercury. Dispose
the bulb according to regional regulation and
contact SOA Service Center.
LI-00199
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