My 2001 Forester has one headlight lamp that is intermittent. I can jiggle the 3-prong socket and get it back on, but then if I turn the lights off and then back on, the headlight remains off. However, if I switch on the hi-beams, they work all the time. It seems to me I've got an intermittent socket, but why does merely turning the lights on and off cause the light to fail? Is there something else that would trigger this: fuse, relay? It's not the bulb--I've tried several and bent up the prongs trying to improve the electrical connection. I appreciate any help out there, I'm working two jobs and I already spend too much time on the road in the dark. Thank you!
Had same problem with my 1999 Forester. Jiggled socked for months until I separated it from the lamp and noticed part of the socket had melted and cracked. Checked internet for socket and hoping I wouldn't have to spend big bucks for whole light assembly just to get the socket part. No luck. So called Subaru dealer in Richmond and was told that Subaru doesnt make socket anymore. The good news is they puchase universal standard socket in piggytail form. So for 8 bucks, I got the univeral socket and spliced into existing three wires and works perfectly. The guy at the dealership parts department, which is different from service department, said that they routinely sell the sockets since it is a know problem, of which models not sure. Didnt purchase one for other headlight, if it goes, since guy says they stock the part all of the time. Sounds like something you could get from electical stores, etc. besides Dealership. Hope this helps. BTW, got screwed on the bad headgaske problems...wasnt under warranty and total near 2500 bucks. Their solution of adding coolant conditioner is a con job.
Did you open the wire attachment box connected to the prongs on the bulb. I had neither headlights nor fog lights because inside that cap a short had melted the connections and breaking the circuit. I replaced both wire attachment boxes as well as both fuses in the fuse compartment under the hood on top of the left wheelwell. I did have to replace one of the headlights as well but now I have both headlights and fog lights plus my high beam light on the instrument cluster works again. I have a 2001 Forester. I would check these items first before going to the Subaru dealership. Good Luck
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On a Newer Vehicle you'll replace the Headlight Bulb Open the engine compartment hood.
Locate the back of the headlight to determine the lamp and bulb type. Decide which bulb you need to replace. Purchase the correct bulb for your headlamp. Behind the headlight the lamp the socket is removable. Remove Socket then replace lamp (bulb). Carefully re-install the socket
On Older vehicles:
Remove the screws that connect the headlamp frame to the bracket holding the headlamp. Make certain you turn only the screws that hold the lamp frame, not the adjusting screws. Disconnect the electrical connector in the back of the lamp by pulling the socket away from the headlamp with your hand. Remove the headlight from the bracelet area and discard it. Replace with the new headlight, making sure that it is positioned right side up. Plug the wire socket into the new headlight, which holding the headlight securely. Replace the headlight into the frame. Place the frame onto the headlight bracket. Reattach the screws to hold the frame and bracket in place. Do not adjust the setting screws for the direction the headlight shines.
At night partk in front of a wall and shine your lights on the wall so see if the headlight shifted during installation.
There can be slight variations in procedure from one model to another when replacing headlights. For instance, on some models the turn signal light assembly must be removed before the headlight can be replaced. Overall, however, the procedure does not differ much from the following typical instructions.
Make sure the replacement bulb is the same type and part number as the one that is being replaced.
Comparing the old and ther replacement headlamps.
Remove the headlight bezel retaining screws. Remove the bezel. If necessary, disconnect the turn signal lamp wires.
Remove the retaining ring screws from one or both lights.
Remove the retaining rings.
Remove the light from the housing. Disconnect the wiring connector from the back of the light.
Push the wiring connector onto the prongs at the rear of the new light.
Place the new light in the headlight housing. Position it so the embossed number in the light lens is on the top.
Place the retaining ring over the light and install the retaining ring screws. Tighten them slightly.
Check the aim of the headlight and adjust it, if necessary.
Install the headlight bezel. Secure it with the retaining screws.
Connect the turn signal lamp wiring (if it was disconnected).
I had the same problem with my 2001 Forester. Try this as a low-cost and easy repair attempt: buy brand new fuses and replace both L/H and R/H fuses. If one of your fuses is marginal, your headlights will exhibit this problem. Replacing my headlight fuses with brand new ones solved my situation.
Unplug the connector running to the back of the headlamp bulb. Remove the rubber ring that is on the back of the headlamp. It just pulls off. After the rubber is removed, you will see the clip to release the bulb.