How To Replace Bulbs
Below are useful tips on how to replace automotive light bulbs. When changing
or replacing automotive light bulbs, every vehicle has different procedures
specific to your year, make and model of vehicle.
- Consult Your Vehicle Owner's Manual: As simple as this sounds, your
owners manual is the first place you should look for the service procedure
to change bulbs on your vehicle. Check the owner's manual before taking any
other steps since it is year, make and model specific. If you do not have
an owner's manual, Google: "[year] [make] [model] owners manual"
to see if you can find one online. (Example Google Search: 2009
chevrolet cobalt owners manual)
- Online Videos: Search Youtube for "how to change headlight bulb
video" or "how to change fog light video" or "how to change
tail light bulb video" (etc.) also including the make, model and year
of the vehicle. In many cases, these videos, when used in combination with
your owner's manual, will make the bulb-changing task much easier. (Example
Youtube Search: how
to change headlight bulb 2009 chevrolet cobalt)
- Search For Tips On Online Automotive Forums: Virtually every make
and model of vehicle has an online forum (also commonly called chat board,
discussion board, community, etc.). Google: "[make] [model] forums".
Once on the forum, search "change headlight", "change foglight",
etc. Most likely you will find a discussion with detailed instructions, pictures,
as well as common sense tips. (Example Google Search: chevrolet
- Online Factory Service Repair Manuals: Every year and/or generation
of vehicle make/model also has a "Factory Service Repair Manual"
that automotive repair professionals have access to. These manuals have considerably
more detailed service procedures than owner's manuals. Although in most cases
you must purchase this detailed manual, they often are available online. Simply
Google: "[year] [make] [model] factory service repair manual". These
manuals are usually highly detailed and include tips and tricks the owner's
manual does not include. (Example Google Search: 2009
chevrolet cobalt factory service repair manual)