Things to Know About Changing a Headlight - information from the the pros at Shingle Springs Subaru serving Sacramento, CA

May 15, 2019

Changing a burned-out headlight bulb in your Subaru is often one of the easier services. Even people who aren't gearheads will often change their own headlight bulbs. As easy as it may be, there are still some important things to take into consideration. If you're thinking of changing the bulbs in your Subaru, here are five things to know.

A close-up view of the left headlight on a 2019 Subaru BRZ.

5. Know What You're Doing

Whether you're looking at a diagram in a book or watching a video on the internet, it's a good idea to do a little research before you perform any kind of service. After all, it's better to know exactly what you need to be doing before you do it, rather than have to stop and figure things out partway through.

Two halogen headlight bulbs

4. Use OEM Subaru Parts

Headlights are an important safety feature that can affect you and other cars around you. For something like this, it only makes sense to trust the best--and that's what you'll find with OEM light bulbs. While some aftermarket bulbs may have similar quality, it can be hit-and-miss. Genuine Subaru OEM bulbs are held to the same high quality standards for which Subaru is known.

3. Handle Bulbs with Care

You should always handle headlight bulbs with care--however, this is especially true if your Subaru is equipped with halogen bulbs. Touching a halogen bulb with your bare hands is a fast way to lose money. Halogen bulbs get very hot, and they need to heat evenly in order to work. If you've handled them with your bare hands, you may have left oil deposits on the bulb. This can cause uneven heating, which can fry the bulb.

A close-up view of the right headlight on a blue 2019 Subaru Ascent.

2. Trust the Experts on LED Headlights

If your Subaru is equipped with LED headlights and one has burned out, it's best to take it to the dealership. Part of this is because these systems may be more difficult than traditional headlights, making replacing them at home trickier. However, the main reason to bring it in is that LED headlights are meant to last a long, long time. If one of the LED lights on your car has failed, it may be due to some other cause.

1. The Bulbs Are Just the Beginning

The headlight bulbs are certainly important, but there's much more to consider. Even if you replace the bulb yourself, it's a good idea to make sure that the headlights are leveled and properly aligned. This is something the dealership can do. In addition, your headlight lenses may need to be buffed and polished to make sure that you're getting the most from that new bulb. Again, this is a service we're glad to perform.

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