How to replace your headlight

by Andrew Automoto21. November 2013 09:51


Replacing your headlight bulb is an easy process, all you need are;

  • New light bulbs, be sure you buy the correct one if you are unsure, ask for assistance and they should be able to match a bulb with your make and model.
  • Alcohol wipes and tissues
  • A Screwdriver

To change your headlight :

1.       Open your Bonnet and make sure you have secured it so it won’t fall.

2.       With the hood or the boot popped open you can now look for the back of your headlight.

3.       There should be a tripod of wires that hold the bulb in place.  The three wires are attached to a plug this is the base of the lamp.

4.       The plug will be held in by a plastic catch or metal clip and in some cases a screw cap.

5.       On the plug you should see a little lever. Press down on the lever and gently pull the plug, if there is not plug just pull the clip, or if it is a screw cap, turn it counter clockwise till it comes out.

6.       Now that the wiring is out of the way you should be able to pull the bulb out sometimes you may need to push the bulb down and turn it slightly. Always hold the base of the bulb the bulb itself is made of glass and can shatter.

7.       Take the used bulb to your local car parts store and match up the bulb.

8.       Now you have your new bulb use a clean rag or tissue to remove the bulb from the packaging. Headlight bulbs will transfer the oils from your skin onto the glass, this may cause them to burn out prematurely.

9.       Holding the bulb by the base, stick it into the back of the headlight, where you removed the last one from.

10.   Make sure the bulb is pushed all the way in. you will know when this is as the rubber gaskets should not be showing .

11.   Plug the wiring back in and re-secure the bulb in place. Test it to see if  the light is coming on….don’t be surprised if the colour of the light changes slightly or gets brighter the longer it stays on…this is a natural part of the bulbs “Burning in” process.


Replacing your headlight isn't expensive and will mean you have more light and a clearer view when travelling at night. This is safer not just for you, but for other motorists on the road. 

While your changing your front headlight bulbs, walk around the car and find out if your tail lights or brake lights are out to. If they are now is a good a time as any to change those too.

To change your brake or tail lights see - How to change your brake or tail lights.

If you don't understand any of the above instructions or you are not sure what headlight bulb you need see your local authorised service centre at


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