Have a headlight burned out? It’s best to fix it sooner than later, especially before drawing the attention of the local law enforcement, or much worse: having the other light go and trying to navigate a dark road at night. Let’s get a replacement in there, and keep you safe, pronto!
The first step is to check your owners manual to see what type of bulb your vehicle needs. If you don’t have this for some reason, you can go to your local parts store and tell them your vehicle’s make, model, and year, and they’ll be able to tell you which type of bulb you need. Now that you have the right bulb, you’re ready to replace the old light. In most cars you can gain access to the bulb by opening the hood and removing the lamp connections at the back of the headlight housing. If this isn’t possible in your vehicle you may have to remove splash shields, air-cleaner housings, and even washer-fluid bottles for full access before you can change a headlight.
Now, for the step by step instructions;
Step 1: Turn Off Your Vehicle and Pop the Hood
To ensure the process of switching out your headlights is as safe as possible, shut down your vehicle’s engine. Next, you’ll want to pop the hood and locate your vehicle’s headlight compartment.
Step 2: Disconnect Headlight Bulb Power Wires
There’s typically three wires attached to the base of the lightbulb. Push down the clip or cap holding them in place.
Step 3: Take Out the Old Headlight
In most vehicles you can just remove the lamp connections at the back of the headlight housing. Be careful when removing the headlight, as there will likely be clips that are fragile. Do not touch the glass part of the bulb either, the oils on our hands can reduce the lifespan of the bulb or even cause the bulb to burst if it gets too hot.
Step 4: Screw in the New Headlight Bulb
Again, don’t touch the bulb with your bare hands. Gently screw in the bulb, then close the hood of your car. Verify that the new headlight works by turning your lights on.
You can save a good amount of money and time by changing your light bulb on your own. Hopefully these tips help you through the process, good luck!