Headlight Bulb Replacement

Step by step guide on how to replace an automotive headlight bulb. These instructions pertain to most vehicles, replacing a headlight bulb is relativity simple in most cases.

Difficulty Rating: 2 of 10

Tools and Supplies Needed

  • Torx head driver set
  • Screwdriver set
  • Small wrench set
  • Shop towel
  • Protective eyewear
  • Replacement headlight bulb
Begin with the car on level ground (engine off), in park with the parking brake set.

Step 1 - Find the hood release handle and activate it, the hood should pop open.

Locating Headlight Release Pin

Step 2 - Next, pull forward on the pin to release, or remove mounting screws or clips. All vehicles are different but the concept is the same.

Removing Headlight Mounting Pin

Step 3 - Once the pin or mounting screws have been removed, grasp the lens firmly to avoid dropping the unit.

Removing Headlight Lens

Step 4 - After the headlight lens has been removed, use a screwdriver to release the wiring connector.

Removing Headlight Wiring Connector


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Article first published (Updated 2015-01-09)