Thursday, October 18, 2007

SAAB 9-5 Fog Light Removal and Installation

One evening I closed the hood on my 2000 SAAB 9-5 and as it slammed I heard what sounded like a nut hit the garage floor. I was confused and looked for what fell. I found a single large piece of clear glass under the bumper. I thought, “where did this come from?” I cricked my neck under the car and soon figured it out. My driver side fog light was busted. Most of the broken glass was in place and what wasn’t still intact was sitting inside the light.

I then thought back to earlier that morning on the highway when I had heard a rock hit the car with such force that I searched my windshield for a bulls eye. My windshield was fine and I continued to work. Little did I know that it was my fog light that I had heard break.

I ordered my replacement fog light from . I had ordered from them before (for the hood emblem) and was pleased with their service, plus they had a low price for my model year of fog light.

Fog Light Removal
The fog lights are held in place by two bolts under the light and a plastic brace on the outside edge of the light. There are two light bulbs. One bulb is on the bottom and the other is on the back side of the light. Disconnect the wiring on these two lights with the help of a small flathead screwdriver between the body of the harness and the red side of the harness. Prying the red side away releases the harness from the lights. The bulbs can be removed by twisting them anti-clockwise. Remove the two bolts on the bottom of the light and pull the light down and back to clear the plastic bracket from its slot in the bumper. The light is now removed.

I had to transfer the old plastic bracket to my replacement light. The replacement already had bulbs in place, which was good because the old ones didn’t fair well after the lens broke out.

Fog Light Installation:
Slide the replacement light into place and make sure the plastic bracket is seated in its slot again. Install the two bolts on the bottom of the light. Reconnect the wiring to the bulbs and press the red slides back into place on the harnesses. I also took time to secure the various wiring with some electrical tape and zip ties.

That is all there is to the fog lights. I think to took me about 20 minutes to remove and install the one light, but I was learning as I went and dealing with broken glass. I think I could do it even quicker today.

Be careful if your glass breaks like mine. The glass in these lights shatters into a mixture of large chunks and tiny little slivers. I had to tweeze glass out of my palm and fingers when I was done with the removal. I’m still finding glass on the floor in the garage.


  1. Just a quick thank you for the explanation - worked like a charm!

  2. Thanks for the kind words. I'm glad it was helpful.

  3. My wagon did not come with fog lights, but the wiring is there. I was wondering about hooking up LEDs. Anything to be mindful of, like voltage compatibility?

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