How to Replace a Burnt-Out Halogen Headlight


This task is not very difficult and is easily done with fairly low frustration. In case only one headlight is burnt, then don’t replace both of the headlights simultaneously because you don’t want the headlights to burn out at the same time in the future. Just follow the moderately easy directions.

Things Needed

  • New Halogen Bulb or Headlight
  • Screwdriver

Directions

Determine The Burned Out Headlight

Step 1:

First, the headlights have to be turned on to determine which one is burnt out.

Halogen Headlight

Step 2:

You have to figure out which type of headlight is needed for your vehicle. A number of cars use disposable halogen bulb inside the headlight while on some cars, the whole headlight needs to be replaced.

Step 3:

Visit an auto dealer store to buy the bulb or headlight required by your vehicle. You can be helped by the salespersons to find the right one for your vehicle. The procedure varies depending on the type of headlight to be installed.

Installing The New Halogen Bulb

Step 1:

Open the vehicle’s bonnet and locate the wires that lead to the back of the headlight.

Step 2:

For releasing the bulb, twist the black colored plastic ring present at the backside of the headlight.

Step 3:

Now the bulb can be pulled and unplugged.

Step 4:

The bulb has to be carefully taken out from the box while not getting in contact with the glass part with the fingers. It has to be plugged in and the bulb has to be placed back in the headlight.

Step 5:

Now, the plastic ring can be twisted back on and the new headlight can be tested.

Replacing The Entire Headlight

Step 1:

The little screws that lock the thin metal frame moving down the headlight have to be unscrewed. The screws that have little springs behind them should not be turned. All the screws may need to be taken out for removing the headlight is not needed, the frame can sometimes be left hanging by one screw.

Step 2:

You can put the screws in a cup or in the pocket so that they will not get misplaced.

Step 3:

The headlight can now be pulled out and then unplugged.

Halogen Headlight

Step 4:

Now the brand new headlight can be plugged in.

Step 5:

For making sure that the new headlights are working, turn the headlights on.

Step 6:

The metal frame can be placed back on and screwed down. Using a magnetized screwdriver will make the task easy for holding the screws in their position.

That’s it. Hope it helped.