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#19231 of 19336 Re: Here is the photo (hammerhead) [stackman1]
Nov 26, 2012 (10:17 am)
My bad - confused models & years. I've changed a bunch of headlight bulbs lately
Release that little metal retaining clip holding the socket to the housing. The bulb & socket should come straight out. No twisting needed.
Don't touch the new bulbs during install - the fingerprints on the bulb will create hot spots leading to premature bulb failure
#19232 of 19336 Re: Here is the photo (hammerhead) [hammerhead]
Nov 26, 2012 (10:55 am)
Hammer, If the clip that are you talking about is the black plastic tab with vertically rectangular hole in it - that won't move.....from the picture I was able to see an arrow pointing to "on". Is the entire unit inside the serrated outer ring suppose to twist or possibly twist the serrated outer ring itself?
Maybe I should check the passenger side.....but I think I need an 11mm wrench to take the air cover off .....which I can't find.
The "bright" light works but not the regular beam - so I guess the single bulb on my model performs both functions?
The good news is the dead bulb forced me to take my battery out and clean my posts!
#19233 of 19336 Re: Here is the photo (hammerhead) [stackman1]
Nov 26, 2012 (1:11 pm)
Wear thin gloves when handling the bulb, or be very careful not to touch the bulb with your hands. The oils from your skin can (probably will) make hot spots on the bulb and lead to a pre-mature failure.
#19234 of 19336 Re: Here is the photo (hammerhead) [stackman1]
Nov 26, 2012 (1:36 pm)
Now I'm stumped. Looks like that tab should do it.
The only other thing I can offer is if that rubber boot pulls off at that tab on top, which would expose the bulb enough to replace it.
I found a couple 'how-to's' on youtube. Here's one, but it doesn't look anything at all like yours:
#19235 of 19336 Re: Here is the photo (hammerhead) [hammerhead]
Nov 26, 2012 (2:17 pm)
Thanks for the effort Hammer. I am guessing something gets turned but I can't figure out what. Nothing is budging.......
#19236 of 19336 Re: Here is the photo (hammerhead) [stackman1]
Nov 26, 2012 (3:44 pm)
The owner's manual (page 11-57) indicates that the metal tab shown in your photo is to allow removal of the wiring harness.
1. Lift the tab and pull the harness straight back to remove it.
2. Remove the bulb holder from the headlight assembly by turning it counter clockwise.
3. Pull the bulb/holder from the headlight assembly.
4. Install the new bulb/holder and turn clockwise to lock it in place.
5. Reconnect the electrical harness and ensure the tab locks in place.
They make it sound so easy, don't they?!
If you cannot get the harness off first, you can probably turn the whole unit counter-clockwise (usually about a quarter-turn, but you can feel when it separates once it starts turning), remove it, then pull the harness once you have a better line of sight on it.
If you need a copy of the manual, I referenced it here:
Subaru Owners Resource Center - Manuals
2002 Subaru Impreza Outback Sport
#19237 of 19336 Re: Here is the photo (hammerhead) [xwesx]
Nov 26, 2012 (6:04 pm)
Wes: You win the day. I was reading OBS as Outback Sedan, not (Impreza)Sport.
#19238 of 19336 Re: Here is the photo (hammerhead) [hammerhead]
Nov 26, 2012 (7:00 pm)
Oh, gosh. I didn't even think about the abbreviation! Hopefully I interpreted it correctly. My mind recorded '02 Outback Sport when I read through the first time, but I just went back to see the original post when you wrote that (due to my confusion...) and sure enough it was listed as simply "OBS."
Well, if the car *is* an 02 Impreza, that's the right info!
Nov 27, 2012 (4:07 am)
Thanks guys. I also appreciate that online manual! I had the original manual and it showed something else.
PS. Yes it is an Outback Sport (Impreza) - seemed like OBS was running abbreviation
#19240 of 19336 Re: Thanks [stackman1]
Nov 27, 2012 (9:03 am)
Well, the important thing is.... Did you get the bulbs replaced?!