How to Change the Bulb in Vehicles

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

The headlight bulbs on your Vehicles require that you maintain them regularly to keep you safe when driving Vehicles night. The bulbs can go out Vehicles a variety of reasons, including everything from just wearing out to a shortened life due to oils from skin coming in contact with it when the bulbs are installed in the car. You can replace the bulbs yourself in just a few minutes, ensuring that your headlights are working when you need them.

Under The Hood:

 How to Change the Bulb of a XJ6 Jaguar

Identify the blown bulb. Note that if a headlight bulb has blown, the dip beam is on the outside and the high beam is on the inside. Turn off the ignition switch and light switches.

Open the hood and replace any blown headlight bulbs. Press the plastic spring clips and remove the bulb holder from the assembly. Pull the bulb out of the bulb holder and replace it with a new bulb. It only fits one way. Be sure not to touch the bulb's glass. Replace any parking lights at the same time, they are in the headlamp unit too.

Remove the front turn signal light unit in the bumper to change the turn signal bulb. Push gently on the inside edge and insert a blade between the bumper and the lens at the outside edge. Compress the spring and remove the lens. Fit a new lamp by inserting it into the plug. The side marker light is changed using a similar process.

Open the trunk to replace the rear fog light, stop light, tail light, reversing light and turn signal light. Remove the rear light cover and turn the bulb holder fastener 90 degrees counter clockwise. Remove the expired bulb, fit a new one and replace the parts, turning the bulb holder clockwise.

Items you will need

  • Replacement bulbs

  • Blade

 How to Change a Bulb in a 2001 Chrysler 300M

Park your Chrysler 300M on a stable surface, turn off the engine, and apply the parking brake before doing any work. Make sure there is enough light to work with as well. If necessary, use a clip light, as you may be peering into areas where ambient light will not reach.

Inspect your 300M to determine how you will gain access to the light bulb. Normally this means opening the trunk or hood and looking behind the exterior lens. This will be the rear of the light assembly.

Remove any coverings, panels or dust shield between you and the interior of the light assembly. For example, the taillight assembly is covered by the back corner of the trunk lining and a small plastic access panel. Use a slotted screwdriver to unhook the lining, and then unscrew the four screws holding the access panel onto the rear of the taillight assembly with a Phillips screwdriver.

Unplug the electrical connector from the back of the light assembly. This cable provides power from the Chrysler 300M to the individual light assemblies. Squeeze the base of the plug as it enters the light box, and pull it free. This will give you access to the burned-out bulb.

Put on gloves before handling the bulb. This will protect your hand from possible broken glass, and the oils from your hand can damage the new bulb.

Remove the old bulb. For exterior lights, you'll need to push the light in gently, and then turn to the left to loosen and remove. Interior lights will simply snap out. Insert the replacement bulb and reverse the above steps to reassemble the light assembly.

Items you will need

  • Headlight replacement bulb No. 9006SU

  • Taillight replacement bulb No. 3157LL

  • Set of screwdrivers

  • Gloves

 How to Change a Bulb on a Peugeot 307

How to Change a Bulb on a Peugeot 307

Determine which bulb is needing to be replaced and then locate the black circular cover that sets behind the headlight.

Disconnect the two pin connectors on the circular cover, pulling them out by hand until the cover is loose.

Pull the cover off the back of the headlight and locate the retaining clip that holds the bulb in place.

Push the spring loaded clip in and turn counter-clockwise to release it from the socket, then pull the bulb out of the clip.

Place the new bulb inside the clip and reinsert the clip into the back of the headlight, turning it clockwise until it snaps into the socket.

Reattach the black circular cover to the back of the headlight, snapping the pins back in place.

Items you will need

  • clean dry cloth

 How to Replace the Bulb in a Third Brake Light

Locate your car’s third brake light housing, which may be accessed from the rear package shelf below the rear window or from the upper-rear lining near the top of the rear window.

Remove the holding screws from the brake-light housing with a Philips screwdriver in a counterclockwise direction, if equipped. Use a flat-blade screwdriver to pry the housing up to release the holding clips if there are no visible screws on your housing.

Pull the third brake-light housing slightly away from its mounting surface. Rotate the light bulb socket in a counterclockwise direction and pull it straight from the housing. Pull the bulb from the socket and discard it.

Push a new bulb into the socket until it is fully seated. Push the light bulb socket back into the housing and rotate it in a clockwise direction to lock it into place.

Line up the tabs on the housing to the slots in the mounting surface. Push the housing into place until the clips snap into place. Run the holding screws back in and tighten with a Philips screwdriver in a clockwise direction, if your housing is so equipped.

Items you will need

  • Flat-head screwdriver

  • Philips screwdriver

  • Replacement light bulb

 How to Replace the Bulb on a Volvo 850

Headlight Bulb

Turn the ignition and light switch to the "Off" position.

Remove the plastic headlight bulb cover by turning it counterclockwise.

Remove the headlight bulb by turning the bulb and electrical connector 1/4 turn counterclockwise.

Unplug the wiring from the headlight bulb, then plug a new HB2/9003 halogen headlight bulb into the wiring. Make certain you pick the halogen bulb up by the plastic or metal base, not by the glass bulb. Touching the bulb with your hands can transfer oil from your skin onto the bulb, and damage the reflector.

Place the bulb into the headlight housing, then turn the bulb 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it. The headlight housing has three guide lugs, which help keep the unit in place.

Replace the plastic headlight bulb cover, turning it clockwise to secure it.

Sedan Tail Light Bulb

Turn off the light switch and ignition.

Open the trunk hood to get to the tail light unit. The tail light unit has six bulbs.

Open the tail lamp cover by turning two plastic screws.

Press in the tail light bulb that you want to remove, then turn the bulb counterclockwise to remove it from the bulb holder. Keep the electrical connector wires attached to the holder.

Place a new tail light bulb into the bulb holder, then replace the tail lamp cover, tightening the two plastic screws. Use 5-watt BA 15s bulbs to replace the top two bulbs, and 21-watt BA 15s bulbs to replace the remaining four bulbs.

Front Courtesy Bulb

Turn the ignition and light switch to the "Off" position.

Loosen the glass lens of the courtesy bulb by inserting a screwdriver underneath the lens, turning it carefully. Pull the lens downward.

Remove the old bulb, replacing it with a new, 5-watt BA 9s bulb. Press the glass courtesy lens into place.

License Plate Bulb

Turn off the light switch and ignition.

Unscrew the two screws located on the glass lens, using a Phillips-head screwdriver. This screwdriver has a cross or "X" shape at the tip.

Loosen the glass lens by inserting the screwdriver, then turning it carefully.

Remove the old bulb and replace it with a new, 5-watt 2.1 x 9.5d license plate light bulb. Press in the glass lens, then tighten the two screws with the screwdriver to secure it.

Items you will need

  • HB2/9003 halogen headlight bulb

  • 5-watt BA 15s tail light bulb

  • 21-watt BA 15s tail light bulb

  • 5-watt BA 9s front courtesy light bulb

  • 5-watt 2.1 x 9.5d license plate light bulb

  • Phillips-head screwdriver

 How to Replace the Bulb in a Car Console

Remove the two screws that hold the instrument panel trim at the top of the panel with a small, Phillips head screwdriver. Place both hands on either side of the trim and firmly pull back towards the steering wheel to unclip and remove it. Check for more screws if the panel doesn't come off easily. Jiggling the panel trim to unhook it from its position may be necessary. Set the panel trim aside.

Remove the screws in the instrument panel. There are usually two at the top and two at the bottom. Pull the instrument panel out just far enough to access the wiring. Unplug the wiring from the side of the instrument panel by pulling gently on the electrical attachment; avoid pulling on any wires.

Pull out the instrument panel by maneuvering it past the steering wheel. Flip the instrument panel over and locate the light bulb to be replaced. Place your thumb and forefinger on the back of the light bulb and twist it 1/4 turn counterclockwise to remove it from the socket. Then pull the light bulb straight out of the socket.

Insert the new bulb into the socket, pressing it firmly into place. Insert the socket back into the instrument panel and twist it 1/4 turn clockwise. Reposition the instrument panel behind the steering wheel and into its original location. Reconnect the electrical attachment, pushing firmly to click it into place.

Reattach the instrument panel with the screws removed previously. Secure all the screws hand-tight in their respective holes. Check to make sure that the instrument panel is seated correctly then tighten all the screws with the screwdriver.

Reposition the instrument panel trim into place. Reinstall each of the screws at the top of the trim piece hand-tight. Check the alignment of the instrument panel trim then finish tightening the screws with the screwdriver.

Items you will need

  • Small, Phillips head screwdriver

 How to Replace the Bulb in a Toyota Tacoma Dash

Open the hood. Loosen the nut holding the black cable to the battery's negative terminal. Disconnect the black cable.

Remove the panel trim on the dashboard surrounding the part of the device that has the burned out bulb with a flat trim stick.

Use a Phillips head screwdriver or a wrench to remove the mounting fasteners for the device. Pull it out of the dashboard. The type of tool you use depends on the device being removed. The radio takes a wrench, and the instrument cluster takes a Phillips head screwdriver.

Remove the burned out bulb from the back of device by screwing it counterclockwise, or pulling it straight out, depending on the device. Insert the 1.2 watt replacement bulb.

Reattach the device with the mounting fasteners and put it back in the dashboard. Reattach the panel trim.

Reconnect the black cable to the battery's negative terminal and tighten the bolt with a wrench.

Items you will need

  • Phillips head screwdriver

  • Wrench

  • Flat trim stick

  • 1.2 watt replacement bulb

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