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  • Hey guys and gals. I want to change the bulb on driver side headlamp. I typically twist stuff till it breaks.... Can someone tell me how to get at the bulb. I am sure it is obvious but the bulb may be brighter than me at this point!
    Thanks in advance
  • My pic is 4mg on Shutterfly - is that why it didn't show?
  • Bulb socket should quarter-turn twist (gently!) out from the back of the housing. Unclip, pull out, replace, re-clip, re install. Gently (again) :)

    I might suggest doing both sides at the same time, depending on the age of the bulbs. If one's gone, the other one might not be far behind..
  • Nothing seems to be budging and I am also unsure what is suppose to come off - hence my fear about applying torque......I have never had to replace my headlight so it's probably stuck....what on this pic do I turn?

  • My bad - confused models & years. I've changed a bunch of headlight bulbs lately :confuse:
    Release that little metal retaining clip holding the socket to the housing. The bulb & socket should come straight out. No twisting needed.
    Don't touch the new bulbs during install - the fingerprints on the bulb will create hot spots leading to premature bulb failure
  • Hammer, If the clip that are you talking about is the black plastic tab with vertically rectangular hole in it - that won't move.....from the picture I was able to see an arrow pointing to "on". Is the entire unit inside the serrated outer ring suppose to twist or possibly twist the serrated outer ring itself?

    Maybe I should check the passenger side.....but I think I need an 11mm wrench to take the air cover off .....which I can't find.

    The "bright" light works but not the regular beam - so I guess the single bulb on my model performs both functions?

    The good news is the dead bulb forced me to take my battery out and clean my posts! :D
  • colin_lcolin_l Posts: 591
    Wear thin gloves when handling the bulb, or be very careful not to touch the bulb with your hands. The oils from your skin can (probably will) make hot spots on the bulb and lead to a pre-mature failure.
  • Now I'm stumped. Looks like that tab should do it.
    The only other thing I can offer is if that rubber boot pulls off at that tab on top, which would expose the bulb enough to replace it.
    I found a couple 'how-to's' on youtube. Here's one, but it doesn't look anything at all like yours: :confuse:
  • Thanks for the effort Hammer. I am guessing something gets turned but I can't figure out what. Nothing is budging.......
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    edited November 2012
    The owner's manual (page 11-57) indicates that the metal tab shown in your photo is to allow removal of the wiring harness.

    1. Lift the tab and pull the harness straight back to remove it.
    2. Remove the bulb holder from the headlight assembly by turning it counter clockwise.
    3. Pull the bulb/holder from the headlight assembly.
    4. Install the new bulb/holder and turn clockwise to lock it in place.
    5. Reconnect the electrical harness and ensure the tab locks in place.

    They make it sound so easy, don't they?!

    If you cannot get the harness off first, you can probably turn the whole unit counter-clockwise (usually about a quarter-turn, but you can feel when it separates once it starts turning), remove it, then pull the harness once you have a better line of sight on it.

    If you need a copy of the manual, I referenced it here:

    Subaru Owners Resource Center - Manuals

    2002 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport
  • Wes: You win the day. I was reading OBS as Outback Sedan, not (Impreza)Sport.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    edited November 2012
    Oh, gosh. I didn't even think about the abbreviation! Hopefully I interpreted it correctly. My mind recorded '02 Outback Sport when I read through the first time, but I just went back to see the original post when you wrote that (due to my confusion...) and sure enough it was listed as simply "OBS."

    Well, if the car *is* an 02 Impreza, that's the right info! :blush:
  • Thanks guys. I also appreciate that online manual! I had the original manual and it showed something else.

    PS. Yes it is an Outback Sport (Impreza) - seemed like OBS was running abbreviation :)
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    Well, the important thing is.... Did you get the bulbs replaced?! :D
  • Yes - I did replace the bulb. The online manual was good.
    I took out the battery because it was impossible to get to, then:
    1. I pushed down on the black plastic right behind that rectangular tab in the middle of the photo and at the same time pulled on the electrical connector and it came off.
    2. I twisted the serrated outer ring - it came off
    3. Twisted the base of the bulb and it came off.

    Putting it back - obvious reverse - only tricky part is lining the three narrow slots on the bulb with the lamp holder.

    Thanks for the help everyone!

    By the way - I just bought the $11 baselne Sylvania 9007 bulb and it works fine - but am now wondering about those Sylvania blue lights - any opinions on those?
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    edited November 2012
    Sylvania blue lights... are those the Silver Stars? I have two sets of those, one of which I gave away when I sold the last car I owned with 9007 bulb requirements, and the other I still have, but both sets were unopened. Before I bought the silver stars, I used Sylvania Xtravision, which were very nice and a marked improvement over the base bulbs (also much less expensive than the Silver Star!). They also lasted a long time (2+ years), which is why I never used the Silver Star bulbs. By the time I sold each of the vehicles, the Xtravision were still working fine!

    On my 2010 Forester, I replaced the stock bulbs with Wagner TruView bulbs. They aren't expensive, provide a more neutral (whitish) light, and are really nice in that they don't cause hardly any glare. Of course, I don't benefit nearly as much from that as all the other drivers on the road, but I have a sight problem that makes me very sensitive to glare, so I appreciate it nonetheless.

    For your car, that would be Wagner BP9007TV2 TruView Headlight Bulb (2-pack). I think they're about $12 for the pair on Amazon right now. I don't know about longevity yet (I just installed them this summer).

    I've been thinking about replacing the sealed beam lights on my '69 Econoline with a set of housings that use 9007 bulbs. If I do that, I'll put the Silver Star set I still have in that. It will be a great use for them, too, since I tend to drive that vehicle about 100 miles a year and only during the summer (it's never dark here in the summer!). :P
  • phil2000phil2000 New JerseyPosts: 195
    Can I use the generic blades from Pep Boys (Anco or ProLine) on my 2011 Outback?
  • fibber2fibber2 Mid Hudson Valley, NYPosts: 3,732
    Call me crazy (go ahead, everyone else does!!), but I still buy the imported EU spec premium bulbs from Daniel Stern Lighting (Candlepower, Inc.) for my OBW. Philips Extreme Vision H1. A little brighter, and a very carefully aligned filament to make the best use of the stock housing. Plus, I occasionally polish the exterior plastic housing to make sure it is as close to crystal clear as possible.

    When I look at the 'milk glass' lenses that many older cars sport, it makes me want to cry.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,391
    How long to those bulbs last, Steve?

    Also, what do you use to polish your 2001's housings?
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