Finding & Installing Your Car’s Headlights

Finding & Installing Your Car’s Headlights

| By: Christian Brothers Automotive

headlight2Selecting the Right Headlamp Bulb

There is a short list of ways of learning that you need a new headlamp bulb. This usually comes to your attention through a a fix-it ticket or decreased visibility during a late-night drive. But no matter how you find out, it’s important to have your headlamp bulb replaced quickly to ensure safe driving.

To get started, identify the bulb you need to swap. The quickest way to do this is to have someone flip your lights on and off while you watch from the front of the car. Use your vehicle’s owner manual to determine if it is your high beams or low beams (for some vehicles, there is only one bulb).

Then you’ll need to know the year, make, model, and engine type of your car. Take these details to an auto parts store or website to find out the type of headlamp bulb you will need. This is completed via a numeric or alphanumeric identifier, which can also be found in your owner manual.

After that, you have to choose from available brands and the levels of brightness and longevity available. Bulbs that last longer won’t burn as bright and brighter bulbs will burn out sooner.

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The next step after your purchase will be to replace the bulb. The exact steps required will vary based on the vehicle, so we aren’t able to include that in this post. But we can tell you that the process is typically very easy and is often completed very quickly. Consult your car’s user manual for the process you will need to follow. We also recommend searching for instructional videos on YouTube.

Bulb Replacement From Certified Automotive Technicians

Don’t have the time to find the right bulb or replace it? Bring your car into our Pflugerville shop and we will handle it for you. We have a full selection of bulbs and can perform this quick switch with major safety benefits.

  • Shut off your headlights and engine.
  • Protect your hands while working in tight spaces by wearing gloves.
  • Do not touch the glass of the bulb. This will cause it to wear out quickly.
  • Once the light is installed, operate your high and low beams to ensure they work properly.

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