Are you a car owner? Are your headlights dimmed or burnt out, which does not enable you to see the road and let other drivers see you? Then you must change your headlights, to avoid any road mishaps or accidents.
You do not need to wait until your bulbs burn out. If you notice your bulbs are dim or flickering, then it is time to change or replace them. It is important to know that if one bulb is dying or fading, the other would also do the same. So, it is best to replace both bulbs at the same time. Check your vehicles manual to learn the specific needs for your vehicle.
All vehicles come with their won standard and specific type of headlight. Common types include halogen, xenon or HID (high intensity discharge), and LED (light emitting diodes) on select new vehicles. Most vehicles come with halogen headlights, though.
To know which type of headlights that are right for your vehicle, check your vehicle’s manual to view the specific type of replacement bulbs you can use for your vehicle. Then select the bulbs that will give you the best visibility and value for your needs.
Apart from knowing what type of headlight bulb your vehicle uses, it is also important to know which type of headlight configuration you have. There are two primary configurations of headlights, which are sealed beams and capsules.
Changing your headlights is easier to do and there is no reason for you to let your mechanic to do it. You will likely get a better-quality product than the standard bulbs your mechanic would use and you will save money on labor, too.
Removing Replaceable Headlight Bulbs
- If your vehicle has removable headlight bulbs, remove the protective shield from the back of the headlight assembly (if there is one), then turn and loosen the plastic harness containing the bulb.
- Slide the plastic harness and headlight bulb from the headlight assembly’s back.
- Remove the clip that holds the bulb in the headlight assembly, and carefully remove the headlight from the harness.
- Wearing a cotton glove, carefully insert the new bulb into the harness. The glove prevents oil from your skin getting on the new headlight and causing premature failure.
- Reinstall the clip that secures the bulb in the harness and push the harness into the back of the headlight. Twist it into place so it locks.
- Turn on the headlights to make sure they’re working.
Changing Sealed Beam Headlights
- Remove any frames, mounting screws, and/or plates that hold the headlight in place, but don’t remove the aiming screws that enable headlight adjustments.
- Remove the headlight and then the wiring socket from the rear of the headlight assembly. To do so, pull the socket off of the sealed beam lamp. Even on domestic vehicles, assemblies like headlights are likely to come from a foreign supplier, so you may need metric sockets for this job.
- Plug the wiring into the new sealed beam assembly, then place it into the mounting bracket and secure with screws previously removed. Re-attach trim.
- Turn on the headlights to make sure they are working.
You are done replacing car headlights! Do not forget to make sure your headlights are aligned properly before you hit the road.
If your headlight lenses are dusty or dirty, the brightest headlight bulbs in the world won’t make a difference. You will need to remove the film and grime on your lenses that occurs naturally over time. You can use a headlight restoration kit or a few tried-and-true homes remedies. Either way, cleaning your headlights should not take more than an hour or two and could save you from hazardous nighttime driving. Changing out your headlights is an easy and inexpensive way to ensure a safer driving experience.