Car Care Advice

How to Change Your Headlight Bulb!

A quick step by step tutorial on how to fix a burnt-out headlight.

Just notice your only lighting up half of the road while you’re driving at night? We better get that FIXD before you end up getting a ticket! Not to mention it can be dangerous too! Don’t worry, it’s simpler than you might think, and almost anyone can do it regardless of your experience level. Here’s what you gotta do…

Before you start taking things apart, you may want to make sure you’ve got the right replacement bulb. Check out this website, or your local auto parts store to make sure you have the right one!

Step One: Find the bulb!

No, I don’t mean walk to the front of your car and look through the headlight for the bulb… I wish it was that easy! The access to the actual bulb inside the headlight is located behind the headlight in the engine compartment. You’ll need to pop the hood and look for the back end of the bulb, it should look something similar to this…


Step Two: Remove the old bulb!

Now you need to get rid of that old burnt out bulb to make room for the new one! To do this, you’ll need to take off the power cables attached to the back of the old bulb. Depending on the make and model of your car, the method could vary slightly. Some cars have a simple latch, while others have a screw mount. You’ll need to do a little bit of investigating on your own to determine exactly how to remove this, but it shouldn’t be too complicated. If you are having trouble figuring it out check the new bulb’s packaging for installation directions and work backward to uninstall the old one!


Step Three: Installing the new bulb!

Well, you’ve gotten this far, so you’re basically a certified mechanic at this point. Now it’s time to get that new fancy bulb into its new home. This part should be a piece of cake since you just did the process in reverse when you uninstalled the old bulb. Take the new bulb out of its packaging and make sure all of the connection points are as clean as possible before you move on. Plug the new bulb into the cable connector and place the bulb into the headlight assembly. You want to make sure that the bulb is securely in its place with none of the rubber gasket showing. If there are any gaps in the seal you could run into some annoying condensation issues inside the headlight compartment, so this is important to double check!


Step Four: Check your work!

Not that I don’t trust your newly acquired mechanic skills or anything, but it is always a good idea to give everything a quick functionality check after you do any work on your vehicle. Luckily this is a quick and easy check, just hop in and turn your lights!

Now that you can light up your whole neighborhood with your new and improved super bright headlights, you may want to do your part and pick up a shift on the neighborhood watch!

P.S. If you are a little intimidated by the process, or aren’t comfortable getting under the hood and taking things apart, that’s okay. Remember that most auto parts stores that you can purchase the bulbs at offer an installation right there at the store for a small fee (usually around $20).

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  1. Not that easy on my 04 Cadillac cts

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