How many car owners does it take to screw in a headlight? If you know the right steps to take, it shouldn’t take more than one. In the article below, we have included what you need to do to replace a burnt-out headlamp, he official name for what most of us refer to as headlights, with a new one.
Selecting the Right Headlamp Bulb
In order to replace your bulb, the first thing you need to do is identify which one needs to be replaced. Have someone flip your lights on and off while you watch from the front of the car. With the user manual as your guide, figure out if it is the low beams, high beams, or if both are found in the same bulb.
After that, write down the make, model, year, and engine type of your vehicle. This information will help you 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 owner manual.
Your next choice will be within the various levels of brightness and longevity. Brighter lights won’t last as long and bulbs made to last a long time will sacrifice some brightness. Finding a bulb in a middle group between both brightness and longevity is a great choice.
After you buy the bulb, you need to know the suitable way to replace it. Since the process will vary based on the vehicle, we can’t describe everything that you will need to do here. However, basically all headlamp bulbs are easy and quick to replace. Consult your car’s owner manual for the step-by-step process you will need to follow. We also recommend searching for instructional videos on YouTube.
Follow the tips below for a successful replacement:
- Make sure your headlights and engine are shut off.
- Once the light is installed, operate your high and low beams to ensure they work.
- Do not touch the glass of the bulb to prevent premature wear.
- Protect your hands while working in tight spaces by wearing gloves.
Assistance From Christian Brothers Automotive
Don’t be nervous if you don’t feel comfortable replacing your car’s headlamp. Come to our shop in Andover and one of our technicians will do it for you. With a full selection of bulbs available, we will take care of this switch and make sure your car is safe to drive.