How to Change Headlights

By Product Expert | Posted in Safety, Tips and Tricks on Friday, November 15th, 2019 at 7:00 am
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Replacing Headlights

Having working headlights on your vehicle is a necessity for driving at night and in inclement weather. If you don’t use your headlights from sunset to sunrise, you are endangering the safety of others as well as your own. Additionally, you may receive a ticket for failure to use headlights that can cost up to $200 and you may also be required to attend driving classes. These are only a few reasons why it is important to have two working headlights and maintain optimal visibility. Luckily, if your headlights burn out, you can replace them at home! Check out the step-by-step instructions for replacing headlights below.

Tools You’ll Need

While replacing headlights, make sure you have the following tools on hand.

  • Owner’s Manual
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Cotton gloves
  • Headlight Bulbs

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Buy New Headlight Bulbs

It is always recommended to replace both headlights at the same time to ensure even lighting on the road. You can determine how many bulbs you need by looking at the headlights—two clear bulbs on each side indicate that there are separate bulbs for high beams and low beams. Typically, the high beam bulb is located on the outside. Once you determine how many bulbs you need, head to the store and consult a sales associate on which bulbs work best for your vehicle or do some research of your own.

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Find the Bulb Holder and Remove Wiring HarnessMan in hat examining headlight with tablet in hand

Make sure your car is parked and then pop the hood. Check out the owner’s manual to find the back of the headlight and locate three wires coming from a plug shaped like a trapezoid. The plug is held in place by either a metal clip, screw cap or plastic catch that must be removed by either pulling on it, unscrewing it or pressing on a small lever while gently pulling. Once this step is complete, the plug will be in your hand.

Remove and Replace the Bulb

After the wiring is out of the way, you can pull the bulb out by holding the base, then rotate the bulb to loosen it. Once it is out, use the cotton gloves to hold onto the new bulb and replace the old one. The new bulb can be damaged from the oil on your hands, so be cautious. Finally, hook the wiring onto the new light and tighten the cap. Before you go anywhere, turn on your vehicle and make sure both headlights work. Be sure to test the high beams as well.

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