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How to Replace Headlights 04-07 Subaru Impreza WRX

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How to Replace Headlights 04-07 Subaru Impreza WRX

Created on: 2018-02-23

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  1. step 1 :Removing the Grille
    • Press the tabs on the grille with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Remove the grille
  2. step 2 :Removing the Headlight
    • Pry up the clips from the headlight
    • Remove the 10mm bolts from the top of headlight
    • Remove the 10mm bolt from the plastic headlight bracket
    • Place tape along the edge of the headlight
    • Lift the headlight up and out
    • Disconnect the wiring harnesses
  3. step 3 :Installing the Headlight
    • Place the bracket onto the headlight
    • Tighten the Phillips screw to the bracket
    • Connect the wiring harnesses to the headlight
    • Insert the headlight into place
    • Tighten the 10mm bolt to the plastic bracket
    • Tighten the 10mm bolts to the top of the headlight
    • Press the clips into the headlight
  4. step 4 :Installing the Grille
    • Clip the grille to the bumper

Tools needed for replacement

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    Painter's Tape

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    10mm Socket

Installation Video
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Open the hood and pull the release down here. Safety latch is under here with the prop rod up. The grille is held in with four clips on the top and two on the bottom on each outside edge. Start by unclipping the top ones. Just take a flat bladed screwdriver and just push them down like that. And gently pull this out. It's still going to be attached to the bottom, so you don't want to break the bottom ones. Go along the top edge. I'm just pushing these locks down. The head of them looks like a T, and you're just pushing it down so it pulls through the grille. The top one's released. You go down through this opening and you push it down with a flat-bladed screwdriver, and you'll unlock it. Pull it out. You'll do the same for both sides. This one's broken. You pull it straight out, and the grille is removed.

The headlights will come out without removing the bumper. I am going to pop these two push clips out to give me a little extra mobility with the bumper to be able to flex it out. Take a small flat-bladed screwdriver, pop up the middle, and pull it right out. Do the same for both to give that part of the bumper a little bit of flex. There's two 10-millimeter bolts on the top and then a hidden one inside of the bumper opening, inside this white bracket here. Use a 10-millimeter socket and ratchet to remove these two top bolts. Do the same for the other one. I'm going to spray some rust penetrant in here and get it sort of loose already. That's better. Then we go for this one in here.

I'm going to spray a little rust penetrant from behind, roughly in the space that it is. Take a 10-millimeter socket and a ratchet. There it is. Before I take the headlight out, I'll just put a little tape on the body work, and try to protect it from any scratches because I do have to slide. It is pretty tight to get it out of here. There are two pins on the outer side pushing into the fender, and then we have to maneuver the headlight up and over the bumper lip so I'm going to pull it straight out. Pop it out of the fender.

I might move the bumper a little bit, just like that. Lift the headlight up and out, and there's that bracket. Now we can unplug it, and this will be identical for the driver's side. Push in the lock. Sometimes if you push it in first and then unlock it, it helps remove it. Flip this over. You can see the locks here, just push them in. These locks can be really tight. I'm going to use a small flat-bladed screwdriver to push them in, and at the same time, push them in and then pry them out. Do that for both of them. Pull our whole headlight assembly right out of the vehicle.

These are old headlamps we pulled out of the vehicle and a brand new one from Same exact style, same mounting holes in the top, and comes with a new bracket that we'll mount to the side just like the original. Has this protective plastic Saran Wrap on it. Has the same electrical connections on it as you original one. This particular one came with bulbs in it. If your replacement one doesn't have bulbs, now would be the time to swap them over.

To adjust the low beam up and down, you'd adjust it here on the headlamp when it's in the vehicle. They do have the little dots to help you aim them. This will fit great and make our vehicle look a lot better than it did. You do need to install this bracket like the original one, so I'm just going to protect the front of the headlamp by putting down some cardboard. I'll lay it on my work surface.

Open this up. It will sit right here just like that. Comes with two new self-tapping Phillips head screws. Use a Phillips head screwdriver and just install them. They are self-tapping. They'll thread right into the plastic, so when they get tight, just stop. Do the same for both of them. Plug the headlamp back in, corresponding plugs in the correct openings. They'll click when they're in place. That one didn't click but it is locked in.

Install the high beam. There's two pins here, going to go in the two openings, grommets, near the fender. Of course, this white bracket here goes on the inside of the bumper so I'm going to slide that in first and kind of maneuver this behind the bumper, kind of push it in there. I just push down. That's why I put tape. Let's see here. That is on the correct side. Push this down and in. I'm just going to pull on it this way, twist it, and just kind of get it beyond the fender edge just like that. That will go right into the grommets. I should pull the tape out of here. Those are going to sit in just like that. Install the two top bolts first. This one's started. This one's started. Install this one down at the bottom. When I feel it get tight, I'm going to stop.

Reinstall the push clips. If the center part comes out, it's not a big deal. Just install it and push the center part of it back in. They're locked in place. Take the masking tape off. Reinstall the grille. Slide it straight back into place. Line up the upper clips along the edge. Just push them in. They're locked in place. It's locked into the bottom, and the grille's installed. Turn the high beams on.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Painter's Tape

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket

2004 - 2004  Subaru  Impreza
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