This is how i did it. Place the new bulb in the hole vacated by the old bulb. The bulb is contained inside a plastic box that you have to remove a round cover on. Again, you have to pull up pretty hard to get this clip to release. Remove the upper plastic clips and the screws. First you remove the front bumper, unscrew the headlights and take off the headlights.
Lift out the headlamp slightly to facilitate unplugging the lamp connector. If further adjustment is needed make sure that you loosen up the top ones first and hold the light in place with your hand while tightening the screws to avoid any misalignment. Take your Saab down the the nearest car dealership, trade it in and don't worry. Once you identify what you need to do by looking in the mirror or take a pic with a phone camera you have to work by feel. Conversely, newer 04 Saab 9-5 headlights do not suffer from this shortcoming, as they consist of a bulb that is fixed in one location with a clear cover over it. It's not easy, especially if you have large fingers.
There is a metal clip holding the bulb socket in place. Thanks to the original answer above Open and prop hood. Overtight cambelts are probably the biggest cause of water pump problems. Pull out the bulb and put in the new one. The strip is the same length of the bottom of the headlight and wraps around the corner light too.
Once off you can see the bulb down in the housing. If it's the driver-side brake light, pry left, for the passenger pry right, because there are metal pins holding the tail light assembly onto the side of the car, and you don't want to break those pins by pulling straight back toward the rear of the car. Turning the top adjusting screw clockwise raises the beam and vice versa. Having a problem with your car headlights means you are not as capable of seeing well at night or in bad weather. The current mileage is 70,000 and failure mileage was 65,002.
Pull and twist plug to the right towards drivers side. If this doesn't help you, drive the car to a shop and realize you have the mechanical ability of a 2 year old. If you light bulb is the only electrical issue you're having, consider yourself lucky. Disconnect the main wire in the rear of the assembly. They are trying to get help. These usually require a special tool to turn.
Undo the clip it'll be self explanatory if you've gotten this far. Just for reference the original bulb I removed had a brand name Osram stamped on the casing. Make them tight but don't over tighten. Retrace these steps to introduce the new bulb to your Saab. Under the hood of many vehicles there are adjustment screws above, behind, or near the headlights.
Gently massage the boot off the back of the headlight assy. Marking the vehicle's centerline is also helpful to verify side-to-side alignment. There is one small difference between his 2003 Saab 9-3 and my 2001 Saab 9-5 Aero. Remove the side grille from the back by bending up the lower clips to release them. I have recently found that some 1. Note Ensure that the connector is correctly fitted in its housing.
These types of auto headlight assemblies must be adequately adjusted in order to be sure that the lights track straight down the road and allow you to see where you are going. Pull the rubber boot which is sealed against the back of headlight assy. This one is probably best left to a knowledgeable Saab technician who has the proper instruments and tools for a correct diagnosis. Replace the round access cover. Disconnect the leads to the small replaceable bulb 3.
Also on late model ml320's with projectors. If you have big hands this is a problem. With the access cover removed you should now see the bulb with a socket plugged into it. Saab 9-3 Headlight Replacement Step 1 Remove the grille Step 2 Remove the turn signal by removing the screw for the indicator Step 3 Remove the 3 headlight screws, 2 on top one on the side Step 4 Remove the plug from the headlamp you may have to remove the headlamp slightly to get at the connector Step 5 Reinstall in reverse order. When the vehicle is driven at night, the light barely shines through the headlights. Inside is a Philips head screw that moves the light left or right depending on which way you turn the screw.