Car Maintenance

How to Change Your Car’s Headlights (5 Steps)

Car maintenance comes in a whole load of shapes and sizes. At some point or another, there will be a few things that you and your car will go through together. More often than not, the quickest, easiest and even cheapest way to put them right simply takes a little bit of time and know-how. That’s exactly what we’re here to teach you today. More specifically, that’s what to do when a bulb goes out and how to change your car’s headlights should it happen to you. It’s illegal to be without them after all. All you need is a spare bulb and around 5 minutes of time. It really is that simple.

Step 1 Open Bonnet

To get the ball rolling, we need to get into the problem area. Once you know that you have a light out for whatever reason, it’s time to get under the bonnet and get a look at where the issue is happening. Most people tend to think that this is where you take the headlight casing off happens, but in reality, you actually take the bulb out from the back and not the front. That’s where you’ll see the cover we need.

Step 2 Remove Cover

Next, we need to remove the cover that we just found. Sadly, there’s no one size fits all here. Every single car is different but they all do follow the same general dynamic. You need to loosen the cap that is covering through whatever method that is. Whether it’s a spring or a twist cap, simply use it to get the cap off and then put it somewhere safe.

Step 3 Remove Bulb

Now that we have direct access, we need to remove the headlight bulb to change it. Take note here though of 2 very important things:

  1. Find out the bulb size and make sure you have the right replacement
  2. Wear gloves to protect the bulb and fittings. Hands are greasy and you’ll cause problems for the connection.

Just like the cap, your bulb will be fixed into place different on every car too. Again, it’s usually done with something like spring clips or twisting. Whichever way it is, just make sure to take note of it.

Step 4 Replace Bulb

The logical next step here is to then get the newly working bulb fitted and ready to go. That’s the only way to solve your issue and why you’re here after all. To make the change, we need very carefully fit the headlight bulb back in the same way we took the old one out. Pay attention to the way it was fixed previously and again ensure you don’t touch the connection points with bare skin or you could cause some damage.

Step 5 Replace Cover

Lastly, reattach the cover and you’re all set to go. Simply make sure that it is re locked like it was when you started the process and shut the bonnet. It can be a smart move to test the light before you fully lock everything and close it off again in case there’s an issue, but if you were careful enough and used a working bulb, then you should be all good to go, and that’s all there is to it. Do note though that this is different for the installation of modded lights, and that’s a different thing to look into entirely. See step guide how to replace car’s 12v battery.

Happy driving!