Easy DIY Guide to Replacing Headlight Bulb Retainer
The headlight bulb retainer is a small plastic device that keeps the headlight bulb in place inside the headlight assembly. Normally, the retainer lasts as long as the car itself, but once it gets damaged, the bulb may fall off from its housing and leave you with just one working headlight. Luckily, replacing a headlight bulb retainer is very easy. In fact, all that you need is your hands and some tissue to hold the bulb with.
Difficulty level: Easy
Step 1: Prop open the hood and locate the headlight assembly. It is found directly at the back of the headlight with wires coming out of its end.
Step 2: If the headlight is held in place by a retainer clip, raise it by pushing rearward and pulling it to release the headlight assembly.
Step 3: Remember those three wires? They are attached to the bulb holder via a plug and must be removed. The plug is held in place by a plastic catch, a metal clip, or a screw cap:
- For plastic catches: Press down on the small lever at the top of the plug and pull. The catch should slide right off.
- For metal clips: Pull the clip up and away and it should slip right out.
- For screw caps: Turn the cap counterclockwise to unscrew the cap.
Step 4: With the wiring out of the way, remove the headlamp assembly.
Step 5: Pull out the headlamp bulb retainer. In some older vehicles, you will have to rotate the retainer counterclockwise in order to release it.
Step 6: Once the old retainer is out, install the new retainer onto the bulb. Be careful not to touch with your fingers, as oil from the fingers can shorten the life of the bulb.
Step 7: Put the headlight assembly back into place and reattach the wires. Push the retainers to secure the assembly and close the hood. Make sure to test the headlight to see if it is working properly.