How to Change a Headlight on a 2005 Subaru Outback

by Leonardo R. Grabkowski
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The Subaru Outback dates back to 1995. The 2005 model is part of the third-generation Outback, which was produced between 2003 and 2009. Changing the 2005 Outback's headlights is a simple procedure, even if you aren't experienced in automotive maintenance. Like most modern vehicles, the Outback uses a lens-style headlight. Rather than replacing the entire unit, you simply replace the bulb. The Outback's headlight case holds three bulbs: the low-beam bulb, the high-beam bulb and the turn-signal bulb. In most cases, you'll be replacing the low-beam bulbs, but the procedure to replace the high-beams is similar.

Changing the Low-Beam Headlight

Step 1

Turn the engine off. Open the hood and support it with the rod. Examine the back of the headlight to find the low-beam bulb. The low-beam headlight bulb is the center bulb in your headlight assembly.

Step 2

Turn the low-beam bulb's plastic cover counterclockwise until it slides off. This gives you access to the bulb inside. Press the tab on the bulb connection; pull the connection away to disconnect it from the headlight.

Step 3

Push the metal retainer spring upward. This spring secures the headlight bulb; with it detached, the headlight comes off easily. Slide the old bulb out and discard it.

Step 4

Place the new bulb in the mount. Push down the metal retainer spring; tuck the edge into the clip on the side to secure it. Reconnect the electrical connection to the rear of the bulb. Reattach the cover; turn it clockwise to tighten it.

Changing the High-Beam Headlight

Step 1

Turn the engine off. Open the hood and prop it with the rod. Locate the high-beam bulb on the rear of the headlight case. It is the inboard bulb (the one closest to the Outback's grille emblem).

Step 2

Unplug the connection from the high-beam bulb. Grasp the base of the bulb; turn it counterclockwise to unhook it, and pull it straight out.

Step 3

Carefully insert the replacement bulb. Turn it clockwise to lock it. Reattach the connection to the rear of the bulb.

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