How do I change the headlight assembly on a 2001 Mazda B-2500 pickup truck?

Asked by Sep 25, 2014 at 07:08 AM about the Mazda B-Series Pickup

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have another B-2500 that I bought just to have parts to salvage.  I want to remove the
headlight assembly from that truck and install it on my other truck.  I need step by step
instructions.

2 Answers

31,975

YouTube. Go to YouTube. Step by step on video no less!

4 out of 4 people think this is helpful.

There are currently zero Youtube videos showing how to remove & replace the headlight housing on a 1998-2001 Mazda B2500. Unlike most of the rest of the truck, it's not the same as the Ford Ranger of a similar year. That said, I just got it done. First, remove the negative cable from the battery, and then remove the headlight bulb. There's a plastic shroud that needs a slight turn counter-clockwise to remove, then a clip for the electrical connector, and then a quarter-turn clockwise to remove the bulb. You may be able to get your hand in there to do it, but I found it easier to remove the battery altogether for the driver-side and to remove the air filter cover from the passenger-side to have room to get to the bulbs. Now to the headlight assemblies. There are three bolts holding the headlight assembly in. If yours is like mine, two that are cater-cornered top & bottom had metal clips that I was able to remove easy enough with a pair of bent-nose needle-nose pliers. You might also be able to get at them with some bent-nose snap-ring pliers. There are holes on either side that need pried apart and you can then slide the clip off. One of mine was stubborn and I had to hold the holes apart with the bent needle-nose and use another pair of bent needle-nose to grab and pull on the clip. YMMV. On the last of the three bolts, the one below the top bolt with the clip, I had to get at it from underneath the truck. I'm told some models may have a metal clip there instead just like the other two, but mine didn't. Instead there were just some tabs on the sides of the plastic nut that needed squeezed by hand in while pushing it through the hole. Once that's done the headlight assembly can be slid right out. Installation is the reverse. Note that the two plastic nuts that had metal clips also serve as the headlight adjustment. Luckily for me, the replacement headlamp assemblies had them already positioned very close to where they needed to be. I was able to adjust them easily enough. You may want or need to have a final adjustment done by a shop, especially if you are in a state that requires vehicle inspections that include this.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • Doors and beds 8 answers

    I have a couple questions: I was told that doors from a 2003-2010 Mazda pickup should fit all b-models, B2300, B2500, B3000 and B4000. Is that true and will Ranger doors from similar years also work....

    Mazda B-Series Pickup

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • can i use a 1994 mazda B2200 cab assembly to replace my 1994 mazda B4000 cab assembly 4 answers

    my 1994 mazda B4000 has a wrecked cab,doors , and windshield I have been looking all week to find a cab to replace mine even looking for a ford ranger of the same year with no luck, a friend told me a...

    1994 Mazda B-Series Pickup 2 Dr B4000 SE 4WD Standard Cab SB

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • WILL A 1998 FORD RANGER FRONT FENDER GO ON A 2001 MAZDA PICK-UP TRUCK 1 answer

    2001 Mazda B-Series Pickup

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Right rear wheel locked up. 11 answers

    I have a 2003 Mazda B4000 4x4 with a manual transmission. I was driving it today and parked it. Now it will not drive. It starts and I put it in gear but it seems something is locked up. The lef...

    Mazda B-Series Pickup

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Mazda 4x4 pickup b2600i 1993 a different version of the 1993 Ford courier 4x4 pickup/ute 1 answer

    Hi wonder if anyone can help, I bought a ford courier single cab 4x4 ute in Australia and I cannot find any manuals for it. I do seem to come across references to the Mazda B-series to be the equivale...

    1993 Mazda B-Series Pickup

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

B-Series Pickup

Looking for a Used B-Series Pickup in your area?

CarGurus has 200 nationwide B-Series Pickup listings starting at $2,150.

ZIP:

Search Mazda B-Series Pickup Questions

UK Questions

Are you a UK consumer? CarGurus now has a discussion forum in the UK.

Mazda B-Series Pickup Experts

#1 BoholMark
BoholMark
Reputation 350
#2 FordNut
FordNut
Reputation 250
#3 Tracy Hooks
Tracy Hooks
Reputation 220
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Mazda B-Series Truck
7 Great Deals out of 176 listings starting at $2,994
Used Ford Ranger
200 Great Deals out of 6,744 listings starting at $1,595
Used Toyota Tacoma
699 Great Deals out of 31,744 listings starting at $2,750
Used Nissan Frontier
482 Great Deals out of 22,811 listings starting at $1,999
Used Ford F-150
3,004 Great Deals out of 207,309 listings starting at $1,200
Used Toyota Pickup
113 listings starting at $6,837
Used Chevrolet S-10
9 Great Deals out of 1,573 listings starting at $1,399
Used Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2,583 Great Deals out of 151,213 listings starting at $1,500
Used Dodge Ram 1500
510 Great Deals out of 12,873 listings starting at $1,800
Used Nissan Truck
89 listings starting at $4,450
Used Dodge Dakota
129 Great Deals out of 4,243 listings starting at $995
Used Chevrolet Colorado
302 Great Deals out of 17,707 listings starting at $1,995
Used GMC Sierra 1500
989 Great Deals out of 59,934 listings starting at $1,299
Used Toyota Tundra
666 Great Deals out of 28,011 listings starting at $2,798