Fixing a Burnt-Out Headlight

Fixing a Burnt-Out Headlight

| By: Christian Brothers Automotive

headlight2Buying the Right Headlamp Bulb

The first thing you need to do is identify which bulb is burnt out. Have someone sit in the driver’s seat and turn the lights on and off while you watch from the front of the car. Use your owner manual to determine if it is your high beams or low beams (for some vehicles, there is only one bulb).

After this, make note of the make, model, year, and engine type of your car. Take this information to an auto parts store or online retailer to find out the type of headlamp bulb you need to buy. This will be done via a numeric or alphanumeric identifier. This should be somewhere in your owner manual.

After that, you have to choose from various brands and the levels of brightness and longevity that are offered. Bulbs that last longer won’t burn as bright and brighter bulbs will have a shorter lifespan.

The Replacement Processheadlight1

After you purchase the bulb, you must know the suitable way to replace it. We can’t include that process here since it varies based on the vehicle. We can tell you, however, that the process is typically very easy and is often completed in just a few minutes. Look to your owner manual for a detailed process for your vehicle.For a visual, look up headlamp bulb replacement videos that relate to your specific vehicle on YouTube.

Here are some important tips to keep in mind during the replacement:

  • Bulb Replacement From Certified Automotive Technicians

    If you don’t have the time to replace your headlamp bulb, bring your car to our shop in Woodstock to handle it for you. With a full selection of bulbs, we will handle this switch and ensure your car is safe to drive throughout the night.

      • Make sure your engine and headlights are shut off.
      • Protect your hands while working in tight spaces by wearing gloves.
      • Do not touch the glass. This could cause it to wear out faster.
      • Once the light is installed, check your high and low beams to ensure they work.

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