How to Remove Headlights in Vehicles

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

There are two Vehicles reasons to remove a headlight from a Vehicles. The housing could be cracked or otherwise damaged, and in this case, the whole housing would need to be replaced. Also, the bulb itself may be damaged, weakened or completely burned out. In this case, the housing needs to be removed so that the bulb can be taken out out and replaced. There is some variation to the process depending on the particular model. Vehicles the exact instructions, consult a repair manual specific to your Vehicles model and year.

Under The Hood:

 How to Remove Headlights in a SEAT Leon

Raise the front end of the Leon using a jack and rest the vehicle on axle stands.

Open the Leon's hood.

Detach both plastic rubber parts from each side of the front bumper, using a bladed screwdriver, and remove the star bolts found underneath them with a star screwdriver, counterclockwise.

Pull off the two grilles located at the bottom edge of the Leon's bumper, at both sides, and remove the star bolts.

Remove the star bolts found at both wheel arch liners, above both front wheels, in order to remove the arch liners.

Pull and unclip the front panel away from the Leon and detach the fog light connectors from the fog lights.

Remove both star bolts found on top of each headlight, and remove both star bolts found at the bottom of each headlight.

Detach the electrical connector from behind each headlight and pull the headlights away from the Leon.

Items you will need

  • Jack and axle stands

  • Bladed screwdriver

  • Star screwdriver

 How to Remove the Headlights on a Ford Transit Connect

Turn the headlamp control to the "Off" position.

Switch off the interior lamps.

Open the hood of your Ford Transit Connect by lifting the hood badge and turning the badge back. Insert your key and turn it left, which releases the first latch. Turn the key right, which releases the second latch, and lift the hood, supporting it with the prop rod. Remove the key to prevent key damage or loss.

Pull off the headlight bulb cap by rotating it counterclockwise.

Unplug the electrical connector from the headlight bulb.

Turn the bulb retainer ring counterclockwise until you remove it and then pull out the headlight bulb. Place the bulb in a safe location for your new headlight assembly. Never touch the glass of the halogen headlight bulb. The oils from your skin can break the bulb glass when it heats up. Always handle the halogen bulb by the plastic base.

Pry the headlight assembly out of your Ford Transit Connect using a flat-head screwdriver.

Items you will need

  • Flat-head screwdriver

 How to Remove the Headlights on a Toyota Paseo

Open the hood of the car. You will see a black plastic cover which mounts from fender to fender across the front of the car. It is fitted to the core support of the car with compression plugs. Use the pliers to remove these plugs, then pull the black plastic cover out of the way.

Locate the mounting bolts which attach the headlight housing to the core support of the car. There are two bolts attaching each. Remove them with the socket set.

Pull the headlight housing up and out to release it from the plastic pins which hold the bottom of the housing in place. The headlight bulb sockets are still attached to the housing. To remove them, press the locking pin in with your thumb and twist the socket housing until it releases from the headlight housing. The turn signal bulb is removed in the same fashion. Do so to free the headlight housing from the car. Remove the other headlight in the same way.

Items you will need

  • Pliers

  • 1/4-inch drive socket set

 How to Remove the Headlights on an Impreza

Turn off your Impreza and prop open the hood.

Pop off the four circular retaining clips on the bumper by wedging the flat end of a flat-head screwdriver below each clip and the bumper, and prying upward.

Take out the three retaining pins near each front wheel well: two in the wheel well itself and one below.

Remove the 10 retaining clips below the bumper, spread about 6 inches apart from each other.

Pull off the bumper starting at the side near the wheel well. It is still clipped in where the bumper meets the fender, so pull it slowly and diligently. Set the bumper aside.

Remove the four 10mm bolts from the headlight that were revealed when you removed the bumper.

Disconnect the wiring harnesses from the headlight: one below the headlight and the other inside the engine compartment.

Pull the headlight out with both hands.

Items you will need

  • Socket wrench set

  • Flat-head screwdriver

 How to Remove the Headlight of a 2000 Nissan Frontier

Open the hood of your Nissan Frontier. Pull the electrical connector away from the rear of the bulb.

Turn the bulb retaining ring counterclockwise and remove it from the headlight assembly. Pull the headlight bulb straight back away from the assembly.

Pull the headlight assembly straight out, away from the truck. The assembly will be free of the truck once the bulbs are removed.

 How to Remove the Headlight from a 2007 Hyundai

Pull the plastic wire harness apart that connects the wires on the light to the wires from the Hyundai. Pull the rubber seal back until it comes off the rear of the light bulb.

Compress the two small metal arms at the top of the metal clip with your fingers. Pull the clip off the rear of the light bulb.

Pull the light bulb from the socket with your hand. Replace the light bulb in the reverse order of removal.

 How to Remove a Headlight From a Toyota

Open the Toyota's hood and locate the rear end of the highlight housing units in the front of the vehicle on the left and right sides.

Grasp the headlight bulb holder and twist it counterclockwise to loosen the bulb and detach it from the housing. In some models, there may be retaining screws that will have to be removed first, and some models need the housing pulled out completely in order to remove the bulbs.

Pull the bulb holder and the bulb from the housing. Do this gently, because the bulb is fragile. And since the bulb has a special coating, do not touch the glass. Oils from your fingertips could damage it.

Pull the headlight bulb out of the connector.

Disconnect the negative cable from the battery. Wait at least five minutes for residual power to drain. This will disable the vehicle's air bag system. Since you are about to remove the Toyota's front bumper cover, this is a necessity, because you do not want to accidentally discharge the air bags.

Block off the back tires to prevent a rolling hazard. Consult your vehicle's owner manual for the exact jack point for your specific Toyota. Lift one wheel at a time and support it on jack stands, following the directions in your owner's manual.

Look under the front bumper cover and locate all the retaining screws. The number of these could vary by model and year. Remove all of these screws with a screwdriver.

Look on top of the bumper cover for any push pins. The locations of these may also vary. Remove any push pins you find. Remove the bumper cover from the front of the Toyota.

Locate and remove all headlight housing fasteners. There should be one in the corner that was previously hidden. The bumper cover has to be removed to access this fastener.

Pull out the headlight housing unit.

Items you will need

  • Screwdriver

  • Wheel blocks

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

 How to Remove the Headlight on a Mercedes SLK-320

Turn off the car, if it is currently running.

Pull the hood release lever. Open the hood and set the support bar.

Locate the headlight with the burned-out bulb. Push the locking tab down that is located at the end of the headlight cover.

Pull the headlight out to access the electrical connectors. Pull off the electrical connectors for the low beam and high beam bulbs.

Turn the clamping ring counterclockwise or to the left. This will disengage the ring from the headlight assembly.

Pull the socket, with the low beam bulb and high beam bulbs attached, out of the headlight assembly.

 How to Remove a Headlight on a Chrysler Aspen

Turn off the engine and engage the parking brake. Look directly in front of the wheel (on the plastic fender liner) to find the wing nut access door. Pry open the bottom part of this door with a flat-head screwdriver. Behind the door, you'll find a wing nut. Twist it counterclockwise with your hand to remove it.

Open the hood fully. Look above the headlight to find two bolt-screws. Remove them with a Phillips screwdriver or a socket wrench.

Tug the headlight to remove it from your Aspen. Finding a spot to get a good grip is difficult; you may need to wear gloves to increase your grip. If necessary, gently push the rear part of the headlight forward to help ease it out of the mount.

Depress the red tabs on the back of the headlight bulbs; unplug the connection. Remove the bulbs by gently turning them counterclockwise.

Items you will need

  • Flat-head screwdriver

  • Phillips screwdriver or socket wrench

  • Gloves (optional)

 How to Remove the Headlight on a Ford F-250

Turn the headlight control knob to the "Off" position. Open the F-250's hood and stand in front of the headlight.

Locate and remove the four (two on top, two on the bottom) Phillips screws that mount the headlight. The bottom two screws (between the edge of the headlight and the front bumper cover) are mounted horizontally; the top two are mounted vertically.

Push down the plastic tab on top of the headlight. With this tab depressed, carefully pull the headlight away from the grille.

Squeeze the release tabs on the bulb connections (there are two bulbs in the headlight assembly). Pull the connections from the bulbs to separate the headlight assembly from the F-250.

Remove the headlight bulbs from the assembly by turning the rear of the bulb counterclockwise. Repeat the procedure for the other headlight assembly, if desired.

Items you will need

  • Phillips screwdriver

 How to Remove the Headlight on a Lexus GS300

Loosen the lug nuts on the front wheels. Only turn the lug nuts a quarter-turn counterclockwise.

Jack up the Lexus GS 300 using the front jack point behind the radiator.

Place jack stands under the pinch welds of the GS300 and lower the vehicle onto the stands.

Finish removing the lug nuts using a tire wrench and pull the wheels off the wheel hub.

Remove the plastic retainers that hold the inner wheel liner in place.

Pull the wheel liner down.

Remove the two 10 millimeter bolts that hold the headlight housing in place.

Slide the headlight housing forward toward the front of the vehicle.

Unplug the power connector running to the headlight ballast.

Turn the headlight bulb counterclockwise and pull it out of the housing.

Remove the housing from the Lexus GS 300.

Items you will need

  • Tire wrench

  • Jack

  • Jack stands

  • Screwdriver

  • Socket wrench

  • Socket set

 How to Remove a Headlight on a 2004 Toyota Sienna

Raise the hood of the Sienna and set the hood prop.

Remove the headlight assembly mounting bolts from the mounting tabs, using a ratchet and socket. Both headlight bolts for one assembly are mounted through the radiator core support, between the back corner of the radiator and the fender of the car.

Pull the headlight assembly out over the front bumper. Remove the rubber boots from the backs of both headlights, if equipped. Remove the metal locking clips from the back of the bulbs, by hand -- these are tiny metal clips, about the thickness of a small paper clip; simply push the clips inward toward the rear of the bulb, then unlock the clips from the bulbs.

Turn the bulb sockets counterclockwise to remove the high- and low-beam bulbs from the headlight assembly. Keep your knee pressed against the face of the headlight so that it does not fall or hang from the turn signal wiring.

Pull the bulb out of the outermost light socket (closest to the fender) by hand. Wrap a 9006SU low beam bulb in a paper towel and insert it into this light socket. Pull the bulb out of the innermost socket (nearest the radiator) by hand. Wrap a 9006SU bulb in paper towel and insert it into the bulb socket. Insert both bulb sockets into their mounting holes in the assembly, then turn the bulbs clockwise to lock them in place. Lock the metal retaining clips onto the backs of each bulb. Slide the boots back over the bulbs, if equipped.

Place the headlight assembly back into the area between the grille and the fender. Tighten the mounting bolts snug with a ratchet and socket. No torque is needed, as torque will break the plastic mounting tabs.

Repeat Steps 2 through 6 to complete the bulb replacement on the other side of the Sienna.

Items you will need

  • 3/8-inch drive ratchet and socket set

  • Paper towels

  • New low-beam headlight bulbs (Bulb No. 9006SU)

  • New high-beam headlight bulbs (Bulb No: 9005SU)

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