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How to Replace the Headlamp on a 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander

by Daniel Valladares

Replacing the headlamps on your 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander is a simple, but important, process. Driving your Outlander with faulty headlights can result in an accident or a citation from the local authorities. The Outlander uses single 9007-type bulbs for both its high beams and low beams, which can be purchased at most automotive parts suppliers.

Turn off the Outlander's engine, and raise the hood.

Remove the plastic cover at the rear of the headlamp assembly by rotating it counterclockwise, and pulling it off. This will allow access to the headlight bulb.

Twist the bulb socket counterclockwise in order to remove it from the headlamp assembly. Pull the old bulb out of the socket, and use a clean cloth to install the replacement bulb. Do not touch the glass of the new bulb.

Place the socket back into the assembly, and twist it clockwise. Reattach the plastic cover, and close the hood.

Warnings

  • As halogen bulbs contain pressurized gas, be careful when handling them. Dropping or scratching the bulb can cause it to explode.
  • Never touch the halogen bulb with your bare hand, as it may ruin the performance of the bulb.

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About the Author

Daniel Valladares began his career as a medical writer in 2008. He has written patient education brochures for several pharmaceutical companies and has worked as an auto mechanic at Kim's Speedy Auto Service since 2007. Valladares holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Rice University and is currently studying to become a personal trainer.

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