The Basics of Headlight Replacement

How many car owners does it take to screw in the bulb for your car’s headlight? If you know what you are doing, it should only take one. In the article below, we have included what you need to do to replace an old headlamp, he official term for what most of us call headlights, with a new one.

headlight2How to Find the Right Headlamp Bulb

In order to replace your bulb, the first thing you need to do is see which one isn’t working. Have someone flip your lights on and off while you watch from the front of the car. With the help of the user manual, figure out if it is the low beams, high beams, or if both are found in the same bulb.

Next, you need to find out the year, make, model, and engine type of your car. Take this information to your local auto parts store or website. Looking up or entering this information will show the bulb type you need to purchase. This will be completed through a numeric or alphanumeric identifier. Your owner manual should also contain this information.

After that, you have to choose from bulb brands and the levels of longevity and brightness that are offered. Brighter lights will come at the expense of longer life and those that last longer won’t be as bright.

The Replacement Processheadlight1

Your next step will be to replace the bulb. We can’t include that process here because it will vary based on the vehicle. Consult your owner manual for the process you will need to follow.For a visual, search for bulb replacement videos that relate to your specific vehicle on YouTube.

Keep the following in mind during your replacement:

  • Help From Christian Brothers Automotive

    Don’t worry if you don’t feel comfortable replacing your car’s headlamp. Come to our Katy shop and one of our technicians will do it for you. With a complete selection of bulbs available, we will take care of this switch and ensure your car is safe to drive.

      • Make sure your engine and headlights are shut off.
      • After the light is installed, operate your high and low beams to ensure they work.
      • Don’t touch the glass of the bulb. This could cause it to wear out faster.
      • Protect your hands while working in tight spaces by wearing gloves.
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