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Changing bulbs for headlights

Whats the steps to taking old bulb out and replacing it with a new bulb? Dont know where to begin.

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You have a couple of ways to go about this. One is to take the headlight assembly out from the front to reach the bulb. The other is to access the bulb from the rear from inside the hood. Which to choose will depend upon how much room is available from the inside to get your hand in there to remove the bulb.

The bulbs general are a twist style halogen variety. Pull the wiring socket off. There is a plastic tab on the back to release. Then you give them a 1/4 turn and the pop out. Put the new bulb in the holder and back in. Important thing to remember is that don't touch the glass of the bulb with your hands. use rubber gloves or papertowel or something. The oil on your skin reduces bulb life substantially.

If you have to take the head lamp assembly out from the front, look for the fasterners on the rear, loosen so the assembly will slide forward. You don't have to take completely out, but just slide forward enough to access the bulb you are looking at.

Bulbs can be obtained at any general auto parts store. Might be easier to take the old on in to match up if you don't have the exact number from your user manual.

Hope this helps, it's actually quite easy with a little patience.

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The bulb is a halogen type. There is a plastic ring around the wires attached to the back of the headlights that turns approx. 1/4 turn, then the bulb, wires and ring can be gently removed, as though you were unplugging something. The wires are held to the bulb with a clip (like most automotive connectors under the hood). After disconnecting the bulb, reinstall the new one being vary careful not to touch the bulb itself as the oil from your skin can be enough to damage it. There is an oring around the bulb that seals the bulb in the headlight housing, and can make getting the bulb assembly out tough. Just move it up, down side to side with gentle pressure back and it will come out. The part numbers for replacment are either 9004, 9005, 9006, 9007 depending on your vehicle. This number will be on the plastic part of the bulb where the wires connect. You can replace with a normal bulb, or  long life where the part number will end with LL (9004LL-BP). BP for blister pack packaging in most auto retailers. Good luck!

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