How many people does it take to screw in a headlight? If you know what you are doing, it should only take one. The article below includes everything you need to know to replace an old headlamp, he official name for what most of us refer to as headlights, with a new one.
How to Find the Right Headlamp Bulb
There is a small list of ways of finding out that you need a new headlamp bulb. Unless you are checking your headlights on your own, it usually takes decreased visibility at night or a fix-it ticket. But no matter how you find out, it’s important to have your headlamp bulb replaced as fast as you can so you can drive safely.
The first thing you need to do is figure out which bulb needs to be replaced. Have someone sit in the driver’s seat of your vehicle and turn the lights on and off while you watch and take note. With the user manual as your guide, check to see if it is the low beams, high beams, or a bulb that does both.
Then you’ll need to know the year, make, model, and engine type of your vehicle. You’ll need this information to find the type of headlamp bulb you need to buy from an auto parts store or online retailer. This is completed through a numeric or alphanumeric identifier, which can also be found in your user manual.
After that, you have to select from bulb brands and the levels of brightness and longevity that are offered. Brighter lights won’t last as long and those that last longer won’t be as bright.
After you buy the bulb, you need to know the appropriate way to replace it. It’s impossible to include that process here since it varies based on the vehicle. However, basically all headlamp bulbs are easy and quick to replace. A detailed process for bulb replacement can be found in your owner manual.For a visual, look up bulb replacement videos that relate to your specific vehicle on YouTube.
Keep the following tips below in mind during this process:
- Turn off your headlights and engine.
- Don’t touch the glass of the bulb. This could cause it to wear out quickly.
- Wear gloves to protect your hands from cuts and scrapes.
- After the light is installed, check your high and low beams to ensure they work.
Assistance From Christian Brothers Automotive
If you don’t have the time to replace your headlamp bulb, bring your vehicle to our Corpus Christi shop to handle it for you. With a full selection of bulbs, we will take care of this switch and make sure your car is safe to drive.