Changing a bulb out of your headlight or taillight should be an easy maintenance activity that anybody could be able to take care of. However, car maintenance issues such as these can seem cumbersome and overwhelming to some. Instead of spending money on having a mechanic change out the bulbs, you can learn from these simple steps to do it yourself.
Open your hood and make sure it is safely and securely hatched and won’t fall shut. Look in the area behind the headlights and locate your light bulb holder. It shouldn’t be difficult to identify because there are 3 wires sticking out of the back. These are usually triangular shaped. You will need to remove the bulb holder, either the plastic tab or metal pin, or possibly a cap that screws on and off. Pull out the bulb. If it doesn’t just pull out easily, twist it back and forth a bit until it comes out. More than likely it won’t be twisted in like a typical household light bulb.
Get your new bulb out of the box. Do your best to not get your fingerprints on it so it doesn’t burn out sooner that expected. Use a tissue, gloves, a clean rag or something else to actually grab the bulb if there isn’t anything else provided that stands between your hand and the bulb. Next, put the bulb back in the headlight and make sure it is put in there correctly. Do a visual test before you actually test the bulb. Put everything back the way you took it out, including securing the bulb holder.
Replacing your taillight is very similar to replacing your headlight. Each car is different, and the taillights will either be screwed in from the outside or secured tightly from the inside. If they are screwed from the outside, unscrew them, move the wiring out of your way, get to the bulb and swap it out. If it isn’t an outside screw, then you will need to find your way to the back paneling from inside the back of your car. Remove the screws, clips or whatever is holding the tail light in place. Move all the wiring and bulb holder to get to the bulb itself. Remove the old and swap in the new bulb. Replace the bulb holder, wires and backing. Once this is completed test the bulb.
Those were probably two of the quickest and simplest ‘how to’ instructions, which should be easy enough for even the most adamant avoiders of car repair. Of course if you have any trouble or need any assistance visit your local mechanic or car repair shop. These quick fixes are nothing to be intimidated about, and they should be tended to immediately because they are grounds for tickets by law enforcement.
Written by the staff of Custom Complete Automotive. Custom Complete is your go to solution for the best car repair, inspections and an oil change Columbia MO has to offer.