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How to Replace a Headlight on a Hyundai Elantra

by Rex Molder

The Hyundai Elantra is equipped with a high-intensity halogen headlight system. The system consists of two bulbs on each side, one high beam and one low beam. If you notice that one of these bulbs has burned out, you need to replace it as soon as possible. It is a simple task that could save you the expense of a traffic ticket, and shouldn't be put off.

Step 1

Determine which headlight bulb is burned out. The Elantra has one high beam and one low beam bulb on each side. The low beam is the bulb located toward the outside.

Step 2

Open the hood. To replace a driver's side bulb, you will have to remove the headlight assembly, since there is no room to work. For the passenger side, if you can access the bulbs, there's no need to remove the assembly from the car. Remove the 2 push pins that connect the engine compartment plastic separator. Remove the 10mm bolt at the top of the separator and remove it from the car. Remove the two bolts at the top of the headlight assembly, and 1 bolt at the bottom. Pull the headlight free of its frame. Find the wiring harness connector, release the clip and pull the headlight free.

Step 3

Remove the headlight bulb cover from the bulb you need to replace. Remember, the low beam is located toward the outside. Turn the cover counterclockwise and pull the cover off.

Step 4

Turn the bulb counterclockwise and remove it from the headlight assembly. Insert the new bulb. Because of the small tab on the side of the bulb, it will only go in one way. Once in, rotate it about 1/4 turn clockwise to lock it into place.

Step 5

Replace the bulb cover, and replace the headlight assembly in its frame. Reconnect the wiring harness connector. You might find it easier to connect the wires before you place the headlight into the frame.

Replace the three headlight bolts. Replace the plastic separator, and insert the push pins and 1 bolt.


  • Halogen bulbs are pressurized. Be careful not to drop them, because they can explode.

Items you will need

  • 1/4 inch drive socket set

About the Author

Rex Molder began writing professionally in 1999 and specializes in automotive, technology and travel articles. His articles have appeared at iPad- and SEO-related websites. Rex holds a Bachelor of Arts in Asian studies from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

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