How To Replace a Car Headlight

Car headlights need to be in good functioning condition always. Firstly, car headlights promote safety in driving, especially during the night. Secondly, a blown out car headlight might just land you a traffic ticket. Replacing car headlights is not that difficult and can be done in less than an hour provided that you have all of the needed replacement materials and tools prepared.

  1. Determine which type of headlight your car is installed with. To do this, you will need to inspect the back of the headlight by opening the car's hood. Older cars typically have the sealed beam headlights. These are an all-in-one set up where the casing and the bulb are fastened together. Sealed beam headlights are framed together in metal around the edges in the front and have a wiring harness with three prongs covered with rubber at the back. If what you have is a newer make and model of car, then it should be equipped with composite lights installed with either xenon or halogen lamps. To know if this is what your car has, check the back of the headlight set up. You should be able to see a black plastic knob at its rear.
  2. Acquire the correct type of bulb for your car's headlight set up. You can check your car owner's manual for any recommended brands if you like.
  3. Remove the busted bulb from the headlight set up. If your car has the sealed beam set up, then loosen the screws holding the metal frame first. Pull the frame out to let the headlight loose. Now, locate the rubber covering mentioned in step 1 and pull it out. Simply pull the bulb out to finally remove it. Now, for the composite headlight set up, locate the plastic knob at the rear of the headlight and unscrew it. Pull the halogen or xenon bulb out carefully.
  4. Finally, replace the car headlight. Simply push the bulb into the empty receptacle of the sealed beam headlight set up. Once done, replace the rubber covering. The same thing goes for composite headlight set up. However, xenon and halogen bulbs are quite sensitive. Make sure that you wrap the new one in a clean cloth when you plug it in to avoid damaging it.
  5. Replace the headlight set up to finish off. Now, grab the screws for the metal frame of the sealed beam headlight set up. Use these screws to secure the contraption back in place. For composite headlights, simply screw the plastic knob back in.

Now, all you need to do is turn on your car's engine to check if the car headlight replacement was successful.


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