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How to change a headlight

  1. HubPages profile image
    HubPagesposted 8 years ago

    How to change a headlight

  2. dabeaner profile image55
    dabeanerposted 8 years ago

    It used to be simple (25, 30 years or more ago) and you could do it with a screwdriver.  They were standardized and cheap.  Now you need to take it to a fricking mechanic and every car has a different (and expensive) replacement required.  The wonders of modern technology.

  3. Hubba_Bubba profile image55
    Hubba_Bubbaposted 8 years ago

    Definitely depends on the specific car. Older cars have a sealed headlight that more than likely can be changed from the front after removing several screws. Most newer cars, say late 80's on, have a smaller bulb that you change out from under the hood (behind the grill).

    Check your owners manual, not only will it tell you how to change the bulb, but it will tell you which one to get from the autoparts store/ WallyWorld. And they may not have your exact bulb, but there should be a cross reference list either on the back of the bulb, or in a general manual/little computer to look it up on.

    If after checking it out you think it's beyond you, take the car to one of the quick oil change places, they're a little cehaper than taking it to the dealer. Or you could just ask a neighbor or two, I'm sure someone within walking distance from you could help with this.

    Difficulty scale 2 out of 10

  4. johnnyfr profile image55
    johnnyfrposted 8 years ago

    It absolutely depends!!!!

    Some cars, especially older ones, it's just a case of undoing the cover, removing the old one and screwing the new one in.

    It's almost impossible to do it in some new cars without the need of a qualified mechanic!

    The best bet is to check your manual before having a go yourself.