REPLACE HEADLIGHT BULBS -- Dodge
Intrepid '93 - '97
How to replace
headlight bulb on ‘93-‘97 Dodge Intrepid series one.
replacement on ‘93-‘97 Chrysler Concorde series one. (‘93
‘94 Chrysler Concorde,
‘95 Chrysler Concorde,
‘96 Chrysler Concorde)
Instructions for replacing the headlight
bulb on ‘93-‘97 Eagle Vision? series one?
Scope of problem: My ‘96
Dodge Intrepid has no easy access to replace the headlight bulbs
(‘93-‘97 Dodge Intrepid Series One should be similar. Concorde
info below). There are
two long thin screws (T-15 head) on the left and right sides of
each headlamp holder. They screw into small metal inserts that are
embedded in the plastic headlamp holders. Even after I sprayed the
with penetrating oil, almost everyday for a week, they
still broke off the corner of plastic holder or turned futilely inside the plastic
holder. None of the repair manuals I saw were helpful with this
dilemma. Approximate price for the headlamp holder is $60 each and
the headlamp housing bracket is $60 each (as of December, 2004).
The trick I learned
I had a hard time finding out how to replace the headlight bulbs
on my '96 Intrepid.
Both screws on the
left headlamp turned futilely inside the plastic holder
without breaking it. This prohibited me from pulling out the
headlamp holder and replacing the bulb. Removing the fog lamp
under the headlamp was easy and provided access to two 3/8"
hex head sheet metal screws which hold the headlamp holder in
First I removed the two
top Phillips screws that hold the fog lamp in place (not the third
one on the bottom).
Then I removed two 3/8"
hex head sheet metal screws. One is directly behind the fog lamp
and the other is a few inches toward the center of the car.
Then I removed two more
3/8" hex head sheet metal screws on top of the headlamp
Then I gently pulled out the
whole assembly to gain access to replace the bulb.
This was easier and
cheaper than repairing broken plastic holders.
The right screw on the
right headlight came out ok, but the left screw broke the
plastic holder. I epoxied the insert and holder back together. I
also applied anti-seize compound to each insert and screw for easy
removal next time. I didn’t tighten these screws real tight
because I don’t think I need to and too much stress on the fresh
epoxy will break the holder again. I tightened them until they were
barely snug. But I cracked the brackets and I could see my
headlights giggle as I drove over bumps. I glued wood shims under
the headlights to keep them from giggling. But I waited until one
of the bulbs got ruined from the giggling. So don't wait like I
‘93-‘97 Chrysler Concorde Series One
I received the
following unsolicited information, via the internet, from Matt
Houseward (someone I don't know):
The '96 Concorde does
not have fog lamps, so option 2 is not available if the t-15 bolts
strip out of the plastic and won't move. The first thing to do is
remove both turn signals. These unclip very easily. If you can
unscrew one of the t-15 bolts closest to the grill then that
headlight will swing in and out using the other bolt as a hinge.
This is only possible if the turn signal is removed. Once it
swings out it is easy to replace the bulb. As a matter of fact, I
would almost suggest leaving in the t-15 bolt further from the
grill because it acts as a stabilizer and frees up your hands. If
both bolts strip, the bulb can STILL be replaced. First, remove
the turn signal and the bulb. Second, remove the two screws that
secure the headlight assembly (3/8"). There is now enough play
for you to snake your hand behind the headlight assembly and
unscrew the bulb from the headlight casing. You will need to hold
it from behind the assembly and unscrew it from in front of the
assembly. You may need to recruit someone with small hands. Once
the bulb is unscrewed, take it out from behind the assembly
(there's not a whole lot of cord so you won't have a lot of
slack), replace the bulb, and snake it back behind the assembly.
Feed it back into the casing, and screw it back in using one hand
behind the assembly, and one hand in front.
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I installed Sylvania SilverStar high performance halogen bulbs
#9007. My first impressions are that they are worth the money.
They are brighter than the original bulbs. Wal-Mart sells them for
$19.84 ea. as of Nov 2007. The original bulbs lasted nine years.
Repair manuals recommend
disconnecting the battery to prevent airbag deployment. I didn’t
do that and had no problem, but I don’t recommend you do like I
did. I’m not a car mechanic and this is outside the realm of my
expertise. This is not for instructional purposes, I’m just
sharing my difficult experience for what it’s worth.
Yellowed Lens Cover Fix
My lens covers became
very yellow and reduced light output. They are very costly
and difficult to replace. While at Wal-Mart I found a large silver
envelope that offered a life-time satisfaction guarantee to clear
up the headlight lens covers for about $20. On 12-22-07 I applied
it and was shocked. It works GREAT! The only disappointment is that
it takes more than the five minutes advertised. I didn't time
myself, but it seemed to take 45 minutes to do both. It is easy to
do and works. Two years later they yellowed again. I sold the car
before I took the effort to try buffing the yellow out again. This is made by Crystal View Chemicals More info is available on their website:
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