|STEP 1||1 - The following steps were for a 99 95 but should apply to the 93 as well with slight variations. Unlike with some other types of cars... the wiring to your burnt headlamp bulb is hidden. First, find the large dome-like black plastic cover on the back of the headlight assembly. Rotate it slightly to unlock, and it should fall away.|
|STEP 2||2 - Grasp the plastic connector that is now revealed, and wiggle it from side to side while pulling toward the rear of the car.|
|STEP 3||3 - (not convertibles) Depress the upper part of the metal restraining clip so that it can swing down and out of the way.|
3 - On 93 Convertible cars (thanks Jim R) : The top of the wire clip is retained under a u-shaped plastic tab with an opening to the left as you face the front of the car. This metal clip must be pushed to the left in order to free it. Pushing down does not work. Barry Brooks says: To release the headlamp back housing push the retaining clip forward toward the front of the car and then to the left to free it.
|STEP 4||4 - Gently pull, or rotate and pull, the headlamp out of the headlight assembly.|
|STEP 5||5 - Grasp the lamp by the two metal tabs and gently insert it into the hole in the assembly. Don't touch the glass|
|STEP 6||6 - Replace the connector & the plastic cover|
Thanks to Dan ODay for contributing to this FAQ!
Xenon Bulb Replacement My Xenon bulbs had begun to flicker after 5 in my '04. Owners manual suggested returning to dealer for replacement. Unable to squeeze fingers into space to detach the headlight wiring harness. I purchased an 11" long pair of needle-nose pliers with a 90 degree tip ($7 @ Harbor Freight). Leaving bulb assembly attached with spring clip, I grabbed connector and pushed straight down, separating the harness from the metal connector at the base of the xenon bulb. Greased connector with dielectric grease to make next time easier, and after a few minutes was able to line up connector with the new bulb base and reconnect. Must not touch bulb with your fingers!
Refit the black cap and the filter housing depending on the car.
Thanks to Harold Gaudinier for contributing to this FAQ!
#3 convertible also applies to 98' 900S Turbo (not conv). I also found out through my father in law (a saab tech) that the orange relay goes
bad and/or comes loose in the fuse box near the firewall on the drivers side of the car. One of my high beams still did not work, and it turns out
that the orange relay needed a wiggle, because it came loose. GREAT SITE!!!!!! Thanks very much.
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