1999 Honda Civic Fog Lights Installation Instructions

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Foggy roads are one of the hazardous conditions a driver can encounter. Fog can impair visibility and cause unsafe driving conditions. Fog lights are designed to assist drivers in inclement weather by reducing the glare that results from the reflection of headlights off the water properties in fog. These lights sit below the regular headlights and are angled down, which allows the light to reflect off the road instead of the fog for increased visibility. Many Honda models, including the 1999 Civic, did not include fog lights as a part of their standard features; however, you can purchase the kit separately and install them yourself.

[edit] Tools Used

Tools
Fog Light Kit:
P/N 08V31-S01-102
#2 Phillips screwdriver
10 mm Combination wrench
Ratchet
10 mm Socket
40 mm Holesaw
Drill
11 mm Drill bit
Utility knife
File
Pushpin, or tack
Piece of cardboard

[edit] Fog Lights Installation Instructions

  • Obtain and write down the anti-theft code and preset frequencies for the radio, then disconnect the negative cable from the battery.
  • Open the hood of the Civic and remove the front bumper; there are seven clips, four self-tapping screws and two bolts that will need to be removed. Set the front bumper on a clean, dry surface such as a piece of cardboard while you are installing the fog lights. For cars with air conditioning, remove the bolt on the back of the bumper that is holding the temperature sensor.
  • Use a tack to puncture and mark the seven corners of the etched line on the back of the bumper. Next, while wearing eye protection, drill an 11 mm hole through the "+" sign to the left of the etched line, on the back of the bumper. Then, use a holesaw and drill a 40 mm hole through each mark you just made with the tack. Now, use a utility knife and cut out the part of the bumper along the contiguous line of holes. Repeat these steps for the right side of the bumper.
  • Grab and pull the 1-pin connector and ground terminal of the fog light harness into the engine compartment through the side of the radiator, routing the fog light harness along the frame cross member.
  • Loosen the ground bolt that is securing the vehicle ground terminal found under the hood. Attach the fog light harness ground terminal to the ground bolt and tighten securely. For Civics without A/C you need to remove the bolt and move the windshield washer tank to the side, then attach the fog light harness ground terminal to the vehicle ground bolt and secure tightly.
  • Route the 1-pin connector from the fog light harness across the vehicle harness and behind the windshield washer tank--move the power steering tank to the side if the car is equipped with one. Use a wire tie and secure the fog light harness to the vehicle harness.
  • Locate and remove the blue tape that is holding the brown, 1-pin connector to the vehicle harness, and free the connector. Next, connect the brown, 1-pin connector to the fog light harness 1-pin connector. Now, use a wire tie and secure the connector to the vehicle wire harness.
  • Attach two wire ties with a clip, and one offset wire tie with clip to the section of the fog light harness that is wrapped in green tape, then press the clip into the holes in the frame cross member. Next, attach two more wire ties with clip, and one offset wire tie with clip to the fog light harness; press two of the clips into the two holes in the frame cross member, and one into the hole in the bulkhead.
  • Use four, 5 by 16 mm washer-screws and install left bracket A and left bracket B to the left fog light. Then, use four of the self-tapping screws and install the left fog light onto the reverse side of the bumper. Repeat this to install the right side fog light.
  • Connect the 2-pin connector of the fog light harness to the 2-pin connector of the left fog light. Next, slide the left fog light's 2-pin connector onto the stay of the left fog light. Repeat this for the right side, then reinstall the front bumper to the vehicle. Now, insert the retaining tab of the left trim into the square hole of the bracket and install the one, 4 by 20 mm washer-screw. Do this for the right side also.
  • Begin routing the switch harness. Remove the driver side dashboard's lower cover which includes three self-tapping screws, three clips and a pull, then disconnect the connectors. Next, remove the knee bolster that is held together by two bolts. Then, loosen the three screws and two retaining clips of the steering column and remove its cover.
  • Disconnect the connectors from the headlight switch; pull them to the right side of the steering column and apply cushion tape over the left steering column mounting nut. Now, connect the switch harness connectors of the headlight switch to the ones of the vehicle harness.
  • Plug the relay into the switch harness 4-pin connector. Use the ground bolt that is included in this kit to secure the relay and the switch harness ground terminal to the left side of the steering hanger beam. Now, route the switch harness and secure it with three wire ties; attach the fuse label to the fuse case on the switch harness.
  • Locate and remove the blue tape from the connector on the rear of the fuse box, thereby freeing the connector. Route the switch harness connector over the steering hanger beam and plug it into the freed connector.
  • Use one wire tie and secure the connectors to the vehicle wire harness. Next, reinstall the steering column covers and the knee bolster, make sure that the switch harness is routed inside the bolster.
  • Remove the plastic cover from the driver side's dashboard lower cover and install the fog light switch. Connect the switch harness 6-pin connector to the fog light switch and reconnect the remaining connectors on the dashboard lower cover; install the cover.
  • Check to make sure that all the wire harnesses are routed properly and all the connectors are plugged in, then reinstall all the parts you removed. Connect the negative cable back to the battery, reset the clock and reset the radio presets.
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