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#2918 of 3419 Changing Headlight bulb on 2005 Hyundai Elantra
Jan 07, 2008 (8:21 am)
The passenger side headlight bulb went out this a.m. on my 2005 Hyundai Elantra. Is this something that I can change myself? Do I just go to my local store and purchase the bulb and is there a better bulb than some to buy? Don't some let you see better at night than others? Do I need any certain tools? I am the "Do It Herselfer" so I would like to be able to do this myself and any help would be greatly appreciated!!
#2920 of 3419 Re: Changing Headlight bulb on 2005 Hyundai Elantra [elletucker]
Jan 07, 2008 (12:06 pm)
The passenger side is very easy. Directly behind the bulb, under the hood, is a large round knob. Unscrew it and you will see two wires going to a plug on the back of the bulb. Pull and wiggle the connector and it will come off. There is a little spring clip that looks like a twisted up gold colored paper clip. Unlatch it and the bulb will come out. Note that there is a tab on the bulb that fits into a notch, so it is very easy to line up the new one.
I would not get the Sylvania SilverStar bulb. Yes, it is brighter, but it only lasts a fraction of the time the standard bulb lasts. Most importantly, when you put the new bulb in, DO NOT TOUCH THE GLASS WITH YOUR BARE FINGERS!. These are halogen bulbs and the small amount of oil in your skin will cause hot spots in the glass and early burnout of the bulb.
Put everything back together and you have done your first Elantra bulb change. The first one takes about 10-15 minutes on the passenger side. Drivers side is a tighter fit and takes a bit longer.
#2921 of 3419 Re: Changing Headlight bulb on 2005 Hyundai Elantra [jlflemmons]
Jan 07, 2008 (7:59 pm)
Passenger side is easier to get to than the drivers side, but if you have problems getting the bulb out, it may be easier to just remove the whole headlamp assembly. Besides the connecter, you have to remove the blinker bulb. Remove the two screws (10 mm hex head) that are plainly visible, plus the third one that is kind of behind the assembly and down lower, and the assembly comes right out. Then it's much easier to get to the bulbs.
#2922 of 3419 Re: Changing Headlight bulb on 2005 Hyundai Elantra [doohickie]
Jan 08, 2008 (7:07 am)
THANKS...got it done. I did have to remove the entire headlight assemble to get this done but it worked!!
#2923 of 3419 2007 Limited manual - hard to shift into 1st or 2nd
Jan 08, 2008 (7:29 am)
Has anyone had this problem? I just got back from dealer service. I got my new car in November and it's really hard to get it into first and second gear sometimes. It takes more muscle than was needed with my 2000 accent! It feels like the shift lever is pulled/stuck too far to the left, and it gets stuck in a notch and I really have to struggle to get it out of there.
The mechanic told me it's because reverse on this car is located 'above' first gear, rather than 'below' fifth as on other cars. He said there's no adjustment that can be made. If this is true, I suddenly hate my new car as city driving is realllly annoying and my arm actually hurts.
#2924 of 3419 Re: 2007 Limited manual - hard to shift into 1st or 2nd [scorp200]
Jan 08, 2008 (8:52 am)
Mechanic is not right. This is a cable actuated shifter and is adjustable. I have seen the same issue on other cable shifters and it really isn't that hard to fix.
Keep pushing on them. The Elantra has always had a very nice, easy shifter.
#2925 of 3419 Re: Changing Headlight bulb on 2005 Hyundai Elantra [jlflemmons]
Jan 08, 2008 (12:45 pm)
I was having the same problem! Thanks for the help!
#2926 of 3419 2007 Elantra Oil Change
Jan 08, 2008 (3:32 pm)
My Elantra is due for its second oil change. Getting over to the dealership for this has turned into a living hell for many reasons (distance, timing, accessibility...etc.)....'and I'm fed up with contacting them any further in this specific regard.
Soooo, I'm seriously considering getting an oil change locally. There's this one very dependable place I always used to go to for my last vehicle.
Aside from obviously keeping my receipt and such, what else should I be especially concerned about? My biggest worry is the warranty of course.
#2927 of 3419 Re: 2007 Elantra Oil Change [cyberfyber]
Jan 08, 2008 (8:36 pm)
Well you should avoid going to dealer as much as possible, they charge way too much for service. As far as the warranty goes, Manufacturer has to honor service performed at non dealer locations as per federal law, providing that service was done at proper intervals, and specifications and proper fluids used as per service requirments stated in the service manual. I have had several new cars and have never gotten my oil changed at the dealer unless it was discounted, and I have saved the reciepts showing mileage and vin to prove service was performed.