How to Change Your Vehicle’s Headlights

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks on Monday, January 20th, 2020 at 5:29 pm
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Change Your Headlights in 5 Easy Steps

There are few things as dangerous as driving at night with one or two burnt-out headlights. Without working headlights, drivers have decreased visibility and are at a higher risk of getting in a car accident. Aside from safety purposes, driving with headlights at night is a legal matter, because it is against the law to drive without them. To maximize safety, you should know how to change your vehicle’s headlights.   

When it comes to changing your vehicle’s headlights, there are a few tools you’ll need. These include two new light bulbs, alcohol wipes, tissues and a Phillips screwdriver. Typically, you change both headlights when one burns out. Make sure you have the correct light bulbs for your vehicle, you can do so by consulting a salesperson at your local auto store. Also, avoid touching the light bulb with your skin, instead use the tissues and alcohol wipes to grip the bulb.

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Step 1: Locate and Access Headlight Bulbs

You can access your vehicle’s headlights through the engine compartment. Open the hood and locate the bulb holders near the front of the engine compartment.

Step 2: Remove Power Wires and Old Bulb

Person inspecting headlight on vehicle

After locating the headlight bulbs, you’ll see the attached wires. Depending on your vehicle, you can either pull the wire plug out while pressing on a lever, pull up a metal clip or unscrewing the cap. You can remove the bulb once the wires are disconnected. Start by removing the back of the headlight holder and grabbing the old bulb at its base.

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Step 3: Clean and Install New Bulb

Make sure you wear gloves or use the tissue or alcohol wipes while handling the new bulbs because it can be damaged after coming in contact with the oil on your skin. Place the bulb in the headlight holder.

Step 4: Plugin Wiring

Once the headlight is in place, plug the power wires into the back of the bulb.

Step 5: Test the Headlights

Once the headlights are in place, turn on the vehicle and test them. Be sure to adjust the headlights to a proper setting before driving.

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