How many automotive novices does it take to screw in a car’s headlight? If you know the right steps to take, it shouldn’t take more than one. The article below includes what you need to do to replace a headlamp bulb, he official name for what most of us refer to as headlights.
How to Find Your Headlamp Bulb
There are usually just a few ways of finding out that you need a new headlamp bulb. This usually occurs through a failed inspection, a fix-it ticket from a police officer, or decreased visibility during a late-night drive. However you find out, it’s important to have your headlamp bulb replaced as fast as you can so you can drive safely.
To get started, locate the bulb you need to replace. Have someone sit in the driver’s seat and turn the lights on and off while you watch and take note. With the help of the user manual, check to see if it is the low beams, high beams, or if both are found in the same bulb.
After that, write down the exact year, make, model, and engine type of your car. Take these details to an online auto parts retailer or local auto parts store. This information will guide you to the type of headlamp bulb you need to purchase. This will be completed via a numeric or alphanumeric identifier. This should also be found in your user manual.
From there, you have to select from various brands and the levels of longevity and brightness that are offered. Brighter lights won’t last as long and those that last longer won’t be as bright.
Now that you have the right bulb in your possession, you need to take the steps necessary to replace it. Because the process can vary based on specific vehicles, we can’t describe everything you have to do in this post. But basically all headlamp bulbs are easy and quick to replace. A step-by-step process for headlamp bulb replacement can be found in your owner manual. We also recommend searching for instructional videos on YouTube.
Here are some important tips to keep in mind during the replacement:
- Turn off your engine and headlights.
- Wear gloves to protect your hands while working in tight spaces.
- Do not touch the glass of the bulb, which will prevent premature wear and tear.
- Once the light is installed, check your high and low beams to ensure they work properly.
Bulb Replacement From Certified Automotive Technicians
Don’t worry if you don’t feel comfortable replacing your car’s headlamp. Come to our Spring shop and one of our technicians will do it for you. We have a complete selection of headlamp bulbs to fit your vehicle’s needs.