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How to Replace Passengers Side Headlight Bulbs 11-16 Subaru Impreza

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How to Replace Passengers Side Headlight Bulbs 11-16 Subaru Impreza

Created on: 2021-01-16

How to repair, install, fix, change or replace the inner headlight bulb on 16 Subaru Impreza

  1. step 1 :Removing the Air Intake
    • Remove the two clips with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Remove the air duct
  2. step 2 :Replacing the High Beam
    • Disconnect the wiring harness
    • Turn the base of the bulbs counterclockwise
    • Remove the old bulbs
    • Insert the new bulbs
    • Turn the base of the new bulbs clockwise
    • Connect the new bulb to the wiring harness
  3. step 3 :Replacing the Low Beam
    • Disconnect the wiring harness
    • Turn the base of the bulbs counterclockwise
    • Remove the old bulbs
    • Insert the new bulbs by lining up the tab with the housing
    • Turn the base of the new bulbs clockwise
    • Connect the new bulb to the wiring harness
  4. step 4 :Replacing the Air Intake
    • Insert the duct to the air box
    • Press the clips on
  5. step 5 :Replacing the Parking Light Bulbs
    • Pry out the clips on the cover with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Remove the cover
    • Turn the base of the bulbs counterclockwise
    • Remove the old bulbs
    • Insert the new bulbs by lining up the tab with the housing
    • Turn the base of the new bulbs clockwise
    • Check that the socket is in horizontally
    • Insert the cover into place
    • Press the clips onto the cover

Tools needed for replacement

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    Gloves

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

Installation Video
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You'll start by finding the hood latch right under the dash on the left side. At the front of the car, right in the center on the bottom side behind the grill, there's the latch right here, which will release the hood.

We need to take this air intake off to get to the air intake box, so we're going to start by removing these two clips with a flat-tip screwdriver. If you turn it about 90 degrees and then pull up, they usually pop right out like that. Now we can pull this towards the front of the vehicle and pop it right off.

To replace the high beam, we'll want to disconnect this connector right here by pushing the little tab on it. That will release it from the bulb. It will come right off. You can see the tab. To get the bulb out, you just turn it 90 degrees or so, and then you can pull it out. Now you never, ever want to touch the glass part of a bulb with your hand or really gloves or anything, because it will shorten the lifespan of the bulb. Once you take it out, if it's the old bulb, you can do whatever you want with it—throw it away, but the new bulb, you never, ever want to touch the glass.

When you put the new one back in, the bulb has tabs on it that you're going to want to line up with the housing. The connector is facing down when you put it in, and then you'll turn it. Looks like about 45 degrees back into place. Now you'll take the connector, and slide it onto the bulb until it snaps into place.

The low beam is right here. Kind of tough to see, but there's a little tab that you have to push down to get the connector off. You can see it right here. If you push the tab down and then slide the connector off, it should come off pretty easily. At that point, you can turn the bulb about 45 degrees and pull it straight out of the housing like that. Much like the high beam bulb, you don't ever want to touch the glass because it will shorten the lifespan of the bulb.

To put it back in, you're going to see that there's tabs on here that you want to line up with the housing, so you'll slide it back into the housing. You want the connector facing the passenger side and then you'll turn it downward for it to lock in place and then take the connector and slide it up onto the bulb.

To get the duct back in, you want to slide this section right into this hole in the air box just like that, and then you're going to line up these two holes right here and take your clips. Make sure they're pulled out, and then you can slide each one into the hole and push it right down.

To access the parking lights that are over here, we need to remove this cover so that we can reach our arm down and get to the bulbs. We're going to start that by taking a flat-tip screwdriver and popping it right in these clips. You pull the center out and they will slide right out. Once you get the two clips out, you can pull from the bottom and take this cover right out of the way. All right? Now you can reach your arm right into the fender and turn the bulb about 45 degrees or so. You can pull it right out of the housing and here is your bulb. At this point, you can take the bulb and pull it right out of the housing.

This is your basic 194 bulb that has come in cars for about 100 years. To get the new one in, you just push it right into place, and then slide it back in here grabbing it with the other hand. You push it right back into the housing, make sure the little tabs on it are lined up, and then you turn it about 45 degrees to lock it in place. Just like that. You can reach your arm right down in here and grab the upper bulb. You can turn it about 45 degrees and pull it straight out of the housing.

To swap the bulb, you can just pull it straight out of the housing like this. It's known as a 194 bulb. They're super cheap and easy to replace. To put the new one in, right in like that, and then you can slide it back into the headlight housing. There's four little tabs that you need to align before you can turn it into place. It's a little tricky to do because there's not a lot of room to work with it in place, so you can usually use your other hand to help you turn it, and there we go. Now it's locked into place.

Okay, we're going to reach into the fender, and this is the lowest, most difficult bulb to get in the headlight housing. You can just barely reach it with your fingertips. Turn it counterclockwise, and you'll be able to pull it straight out of the housing. Then get it up here where you can replace it.

To get the bulb replaced, you'll just pull it straight out of the housing and putting the new one in is just as easy as just snapping it into place and then using both hands, feed it down into the housing. All right. Once you have it lined up in the housing, one thing that I've learned you can do is you can take a long flat-tip screwdriver to use as like a second set of hands, and that will help you turn it the 45 degrees that it needs to be turned to lock into the housing. When you get the bulb in, you'll see that the socket is horizontal, and that's how you know that it's in correctly.

If you're kind of fighting with it and it doesn't seem to want to snap into place, it may not be set up horizontally. You'll put it in about 90 degrees off of horizontal and you'll turn it clockwise until it sits horizontally in the housing.

With the bulbs replaced, you can set this cover back into place. You want to lock the top in first behind the fender and then your holes will be lined up. The clips, you want to make sure the center is pulled out, and then you can slide it into the hole and push the center in to lock it in place.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Gloves

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver


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