How to Change the Headlights in Your Vehicle

How to Change the Headlights in Your Vehicle

 

If you have ever played the game padiddle, you’ve encountered a vehicle on the road that needed to change out a dead headlight. 

You might have even been behind the wheel when others got to announce what they saw when passing you on the road.

Although headlights last much longer today than they did in the past, this product is a consumable for all vehicles. That means you’ll need to replace them eventually.

Instead of paying hundreds of dollars for a service technician to do the work, you can probably take care of this task at home. Most cars don’t even need a tool to complete this task if you have a traditional bulb to swap out inside a lamp. 

Fastest Way to Change a Headlight

Before you start the headlight-changing process, you’ll need to purchase the appropriate part. Your owner’s manual can let you know what number to find when locating a replacement. Most online stores that sell auto parts offer a similar resource.

Once you have the replacement bulb available to use, these steps will let you quickly and safely replace the headlight.

1. Locate the access point.

You’ll find an access point by the driver and passenger front side to reach the lamp. It could be near the frame or closer to the grill.

2. Turn the holding mechanism.

A simple twist-lock holds the headlight in place on most vehicles. You’ll see a wheel-like item on the backside of the lamp. If you twist it (usually counter-clockwise), it will unlock. If your bulb broke, please remember to be careful to avoid glass shards.

3. Pull out the bulb.

Once you have the old bulb out, you can replace it with the new one. Insert the fitting into the receptacle so that it has a locked grip. You’ll know it is placed correctly if you pull the part, and it doesn’t disengage.

4. Insert the new bulb.

Once you have the old bulb out, you can replace it with the new one. Insert the fitting into the receptacle so that it has a locked grip. You’ll know it is in correctly if you pull the part and it doesn’t disengage.

5. Clean the lamp.

If the lamp interior is dirty, now is an excellent time to clean out that area. A shop vacuum can pull out most of the junk with minimal effort.

You might notice that the lamp assembly and receptacle are grimy when working with your headlights. Cleaning these items is also helpful to maintain a safe environment. 

6. Replace the lamp.

The new headlight fits into the lamp in the same way the older one did. Once you have it in place, turn the wheel in the other direction so that the mechanism locks securely. 

That’s all it takes to repair a burnt-out headlight bulb in most vehicles! Please refer to your owner’s manual for the specific instructions to follow if you must replace the entire lamp.

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