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How to Replace a Headlight Bulb in a Hyundai Santa Fe

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Although they usually last for many years, the headlights in your Hyundai Santa Fe may occasionally burn out. All it takes is the right replacement bulb and a socket wrench to quickly fix one of these broken lights.

Turn off your Santa Fe's engine and turn the headlamp switch to "OFF." Open the hood using the primary and auxiliary hood release latches.

Detach the headlamp assembly mounting bolts using a socket wrench. Place the bolts in your pocket or a small bag for safekeeping.

Disconnect the electrical wiring from the back of the headlamp assembly.

Remove the plastic bulb cover by turning it counterclockwise.

Find and disconnect the connector from the bulb base in the back of the headlight. Then, press the bulb spring to extract the old bulb.

Match the new bulb's plastic base with the headlight hole, and then reattach the bulb spring and connector.

Reconnect the electrical wiring and test the new headlight to make sure it lights up and is properly aimed. If it looks good, replace the mounting bolts and close the hood.


  • After you install the new bulb, use its protective cap and carton to dispose of the old bulb.
  • Grip the new bulb by its plastic base to avoid scratching or smudging its lens.

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