How to Replace the Saab 9-3 Headlights

The Saab 9-3’s headlamps are simple to access on the passenger’s side, but a little extra work is required to replace the headlights on the driver’s side. To access the driver’s side lamp, the battery cover must be removed. Some Saab 9-3 models have Xenon headlights, which come with a “Warning” label. Do not attempt to replace these headlights; visit your Saab dealer or a professional repair shop.

Removing the Battery Cover

Switch the engine off. Pull the hood lever and open the hood. Locate the black battery cover behind the headlight on the driver’s side.

Move aside the hose that runs in front of the battery cover. Turn the two battery-cover nuts counterclockwise with a Phillips screwdriver. These nuts do not come out. Turning the nuts releases them from the underneath mount.

Pull up the two plastic pipes at the front of the battery cover. This gives you access the the back part of the headlamp case.

Replacing the Headlights

Pull off the circular cover from the back of the headlamp. View the bulb and bulb holder behind the cover.

Turn the bulb holder counterclockwise to release it. Pull it back to remove it from the case.

Pull the bulb from the holder while wearing protective gloves. Push the new bulb’s socket into the bulb holder.

Insert the bulb holder back into the case. Turn it clockwise. Attach the circular cover to the back of the headlamp case. Push it firmly to make sure it snaps on.

Position the hoses, pipes and battery cover back into place, if you moved them out of the way. Tighten the two battery cover retainers with the screwdriver.

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