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The fog lamp assemblies can be removed by getting underneath the front bumper and on top of the fog lamp assemblies you will find the metal mounting bracket. The bracket attaches to the vehicle with 3 small bolts that are 8-10mm (i forgot exactly) that bolt down through the bracket into the front bumper cover above the actual lens itself and can be accessed with a box wrench. I replaced both assemblies in mine in under 1/2 and hour!
Remove the fog lamp-to-bumper assembly retaining screws. Be careful not to disturb the adjusting screw.
Fig. Fig. 1: Unfasten the 2 Torx® fog light retaining screws (1), making sure not to disturb the adjusting screw (2)
Squeeze the bulb and socket assembly retaining clip prongs inward, and pull the bulb and socket from the rear of the fog lamp.
Fig. Fig. 2: Squeeze the bulb and socket retaining clip prongs inward ...
Fig. Fig. 3: ... then pull the bulb from the rear of the fog lamp
Unplug the fog lamp electrical connector.
Fig. Fig. 4: Unfasten the fog lamp electrical connector
Install the assembly, retaining bolts and connect the negative battery cable.
Park the car on a level surface, at least 25 ft. (7.6m) from a wall that is perpendicular to the ground surface. Make sure there is no excess weight in the trunk, unless you normally travel with that amount of weight in the car. Bounce the car a few times to settle the suspension.
Measure and record the distance from the ground to the center of each fog light lens.
Turn the fog lights on and adjust so the hot-spots (lit area of most concentrated intensity) are 4 in. (10cm) below the height of the lenses. The ADJUSTING screw is located at the top right corner of the fog light.
Actually, your manual (if you have the Touring Model) says the following:
Use a wrench to remove the mounting bolt from the underbody through the hole in the splash shield.
Remove the fog light assembly from the bumper by pulling its inner edge first, then the whole assembly out of the bumper.
Remove the electrical connector from the bulb by pushing on the tab and pulling the connector down.
Remove the bulb from the fog light assembly by turning it one quarter turn counterclockwise.
Push the electrical connector onto the new bulb.
Turn on the fog lights to test the new bulb.
Reinstall the fog light assembly into the bumper. Tighten the mounting bolt.
Insert the new bulb into the assembly and turn it one-quarter turn clockwise to lock it in place.
I would take another look for the hole in the splash shield. You will need a socket wrench to remove the bolt. It is always possible that there may be a plastic cover disk of something of that sort covering the hole, or you might have to remove the splash shield itself (I doubt that), but the bolt is there. Take your time, you'll find it.
2005 Forester - It is easiest to remove the fog assembly.
1. From underneath the vehicle pry out one plastic fastener to be able to bend the light weight plastic mud protector downward. You will see the underside of the fog light assembly with one 10mm bolt directly above you. Remove this bolt. 2. From the front of the vehicle unscrew one 10mm bolt at top of fog light (this is the shorter of the 2 by the way) and pry out one plastic rivet adjacent to it. 3. Carefully remove the fog assembly and disconnect 2-pin power connector by pulling up on the release. Carefully wiggle the housing out (no force req'd). 4. Unscrew the back from the housing and replace H3 bulbs. Take care not to touch the bulb while replacing. 5. Reverse to install. Should take an hour at most.
Fog lamps are installed on the front bumper. The switch is located
to the left of the steering column on the dash panel. The fog lamps are
turned off by the circuit relay when the high beam driving lamps are
turned on. The circuit relay is located on the right front wheelhouse
panel near the blower motor.
Good luck, and remember rated this help.
Removal & InstallationFog Lamp Element See Figure 1
Fig. 1: Exploded view of a fog lamp assembly
Remove the lamp stone shields, the four bezel attaching screws, and the bezel.
Remove the reflector assembly from the lamp body.
Remove the bulb holder from the assembly. Remove the element from the bulb.
DO NOT handle elements with your bare hands, always handle with a
clean cloth. Oil from your hands will cause the element to fail.
Installation is the reverse of removal.
Fog Lamp Switch The fog lamp switch is removed and
installed by simply prying the switch from the instrument panel and
unplugging the electrical connector.
FOGLAMP BEAM ADJUSTMENT
Position the vehicle on a level surface, facing a wall
approximately 25 feet away. Remove the lamp stone shields and loosen
the adjustment nuts.
Turn the fog lamps ON and adjust as follows:
Distance between the light beam centers should be equal to the distance between the lamp assemblies on the bumper.
Height of the light beams on the wall should be 4 inches less than the center of the lamp assemblies when mounted on the bumper.
Install all previously removed items after turning OFF the fog lamps.
yes, position self in front of the fog lamps, push the fog lamps light assembly and slide it to the direction of the center of your car, wait for a part of the assembly to pop-out and pull the whole assembly out. No screws involve