- philips head screwdriver
flat head screwdriver
10mm socket and wrench.
optional: pop rivet removal tool
- Each headlamp assembly is held in by three 10mm/philips head bolts. Remove the small plastic cover at the base of the windshield to expose the top bolt. This bolt only needs to be loosened, however it might be easier to just remove it completely. Your philips head screwdriver will need to have a normal/small shaft, a bit driver might be too big.
The second bolt is under the hood on the top radiator support.
The last one is the trickiest, you need to remove the the plastic pop rivet in the wheel well where the fender meets the front bumper, then pop the front bumper clips out by pulling up and away from the car.
Remove the one wiring harness connector and wiggle the entire headlamp assembly forward and up. The top of the assembly has a small clip that might make it a little difficult to remove. You may also need to remove the plastic pop rivets on the top of the bumper and peel the bumper back slightly to remove the headlamp assembly.
Unscrew the cap for the projector to access the low beam bulb. Might be a good idea to replace the high beams while you're in there. Also, definitely test the lights before putting everything back together.
Installation is reverse of removal, I broke several of the pop rivets in the process but I was able to find a variety pack of generic ones for cheap online.
I used Diode Dynamics SL1 LED bulbs, which work very well with the I-MiEV projector housing and there is a sharp cutoff so as not to blind other drivers. This is not a promotion for this particular brand, but I found it was difficult to find specific information about what aftermarket solutions work well with the I-MiEV. I also don't want to have to replace these again any time soon, so hopefully they will last a little longer than the halogens.