How do i replace the bulbs? it looks totally inaccessible and something the dealer will have to charge big bucks to do what should be a simple bulb replacement because it looks like they have to remove the front of car?!
The last post is correct, but I also have a few tips and pictures.
1. Open hood. 2. Use a small flat screwdriver to CAREFULLY pry open cap leading to the headlight. Start directly underneath the tab that says "V2." Be careful not to break the tabs! -- to do this simply push the small screwdriver under the, as you push it in, you will hear the clip release. The cap will pop and remove very easily after that. 3. Pull out wires, unplug burned out bulb - this clips in with what I can see is a spring clip. I reccomend using a cloth when removing and replacing the bulb. This will protect your hand if the bulb breaks by accident. Also some halogen bulbs will pop/break if your hands leave oily residue on the bulb. When the bulb heats, the oil heats too and can break the bulb.
1. Open hood.
2. Use screwdriver to CAREFULLY pry open cap leading to the headlight. Start directly underneath the tab that says "V2." Be careful not to break the tabs!
3. Pull out wires, unplug burned out bulb.
4. Buy new bulb @ any auto supply store. This is a very common bulb.
5. Replace bulb, recap, and go!
For 2005 X3, to pull out the bulb, it's easier with the wire connector on the bulb, push the end downwards before pulling. Otherwise you'll spend many frustrating minutes wondering how in the world this thing was designed. To push the bulb back, reverse the order, place the edge against the entry at the bottom side, push downward first then forward to plug it in.
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I would say, if it is any thing like a volvo, the front bumper needs to come off and complete headlamp unit pulled out to access the bulb.
Hope I am wrong because if the dealer does it they will charge at least 1 hour labour at around $140.00 an hour. It is all a con to get the money out of your pocket and into their till
the bulb is accessable from under the hood . Sometimes the battery must be removed to do it ! Should be a big black locknut that you turn by hand .Turn on headlamps and look at the working one first ,but donot touch the glass of the bulb ,it will burn you !You can do this !
Take your car to the local parts guy, maybe even someone who installs steroe systems, they might have the small little replacement bulb in stock, it should be less than $5 each and ver easy to install. Just open the hood and reach behind the ligts and the small bulb will come out with ease. Don't spend big bucks on this with the dealer, its only a small little bulb, similar to something you'd see on a Christmas Tree. Good luck and drive safe. Hollywood Harv
It will take two people if yours are anything like mine, If you look at the headlamp you will see a plastic piece, this locks the headlamp in the position, You need one person to push in on the headlight and one to pull out the plastic stop, then you can change out the headlamp. If you have the part you can also take it to a dealer and they will charge you around 10 bucks to do it, almost worth the hassle!
WARNING: The halogen bulb contains gas under pressure. The bulb may shatter if the glass envelope is scratched or if the bulb is dropped. Handle the bulb only by its base. Grasp the bulb only by its base. Avoid touching the glass envelope. NOTE: The headlamp bulb should not be removed from the headlamp until just before a replacement bulb is installed. Removing the bulb for an extended period of time may affect headlamp bulb performance. Contaminants may enter the headlamp where they can settle on the lens and reflector. Never turn on the headlamps with the bulb removed from the headlamp. NOTE: Make sure that the headlamp switch and the ignition switch are in the OFF position. Remove the headlamp bulb.
Disconnect the electrical connector.
Remove the headlamp bulb retainer by rotating it counterclockwise about one-eighth of a turn.
Remove the headlamp bulb.
Install the headlamp bulb.
Install the headlamp bulb.
Install the headlamp bulb retainer by rotating it clockwise about one-eighth of a turn.
i had the same problem. in my 06 pacifica what we did was unscrewed the top screw on top of the asembly, took a flat head screwdriver and popped the whole assembly out. it made this loud click sound and i thought it was broken but i had to pull the bulb out by jiggling up and down puttin ti back in was easy. make sure not to touch the tip of the bulb because it wont be any good and the replacments cost well over 20 bucks (i paid $23 for mine). the bulb just goes right back in and you screw the assembly right back on.
I am assuming that you have a burned out head light bulb. 1) Open hood. 2) Working in back of headlight assembly, grasp rear of bulb socket (harness connector) and turn counterclockwise 90 degrees. Pull bulb out of headlight assembly. 3) Disconnect harness connector from bulb (gently pry, it's plastic) 4) Installation is reverse of removal. (Do not touch halogen bulb with bare skin-oils from hand will cause bulb to burn out.) Align tabs on bulb base to cutouts on rear of lens assembly. (Note bottom tab is wider than other two) Secure bulb by rotating clockwise 90 degrees. Low beam bulb H9006 High beam bulb H9005