How to Replace a Headlight Assembly

by Maggie O'Leary

Replacing a headlight assembly in your vehicle is a simple process. You'll need some simple tools that are common to most households. This task can be done in about 10 minutes right in your own garage or driveway.

Remove the front grill. Depending upon the year and model of your car, you may need to remove your vehicle's front grill. This can be done by removing the screws from the top or sides of the grill.

Remove the screws that secure the headlight assembly to the vehicle. These screws are usually located on the top and bottom of the headlight.

Unplug the wiring from the back of the headlight assembly. Then, gently pull the old headlight assembly from the vehicle and set it aside.

Replace the headlight assembly by inserting the new assembly into place and replacing the screws. Plug the wiring into the back of the headlight assembly and screw the assembly back into the vehicle.

Insert the grill back into place and replace the screws to hold it in place.


  • check You may wish to cover your bumper with an old towel to protect the paint as you remove the old headlight assembly and install the new assembly. Recycle the old headlight assembly. You can do this by returning it to your local auto parts store or local recycling facility.

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About the Author

Based in Oklahoma, Maggie O'Leary has been writing professionally since 2001. O'Leary has served in the United States military since 1997 and is a two-time OIF veteran. She has been published in several local military and civilian newspapers and national media outlets including "The Washington Post" and CNN. O'Leary has a Bachelor of Arts in history and legal studies.

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