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Headlights are a crucial part of your vehicle, especially since it’s illegal to travel without them. Luckily, replacing a light can be easy and cheap if you know how to do it yourself at home rather than taking your car into a garage. For those who need a little guidance in this area, listed below is an easy to follow guide to installing your own new bulbs:

To Begin

In order to begin the process, you must first figure out which bulbs are designed for your car so you know which model to purchase as a replacement. Your service manual may list this information, but if it doesn’t, then at the very least, it should be able to give you the make and year of your car. With this knowledge, any auto repair part clerk can give you the exact type of light you’ll need for the job. If you don’t want to shop local for it, most parts can be ordered online at alternate prices, but you’ll need to wait for it to ship to complete the task at hand.

Getting to the Bulb

For this job, you’ll require a Phillips screw driver, rubber gloves or tissues, and some form of alcohol wipe to clean the replacement; once you are prepared you can access the headlights through the hood of your car. Many people assume they’ll need to remove the entire casing to get to the area that they will be working with, but this isn’t the case on newer models. Once under the hood, you’ll find three wires connecting the power to the bulb holder. The wires are attached with either a screw off cap or a catch of plastic, or metal, depending on your ride. Unscrew or gently unclip the catch to remove the connectors.

Removal and Replacement

The bulb should now be easy to remove but may need a slight wiggle to free it, especially if it’s never been changed before. The new light will need to be handled with care, and preferably through use of rubber gloves or a tissue, as you don’t want oil and fingerprints all over it. Wipe the new piece carefully with an alcohol swab to make sure it’s clean, and place it into the fixture so that none of the gasket is visible. It should now resemble the original that you pulled out. After this part of the process, the holder and wires are reassembled and you’re finished. Be sure to test the lights so they’re working correctly before putting your equipment away and giving yourself a much deserved pat on the back.

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