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#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?!
#19241 of 19336 Re: Thanks [xwesx]
Nov 30, 2012 (12:25 pm)
Yes - I did replace the bulb. The online manual was good.
I took out the battery because it was impossible to get to, then:
1. I pushed down on the black plastic right behind that rectangular tab in the middle of the photo and at the same time pulled on the electrical connector and it came off.
2. I twisted the serrated outer ring - it came off
3. Twisted the base of the bulb and it came off.
Putting it back - obvious reverse - only tricky part is lining the three narrow slots on the bulb with the lamp holder.
Thanks for the help everyone!
By the way - I just bought the $11 baselne Sylvania 9007 bulb and it works fine - but am now wondering about those Sylvania blue lights - any opinions on those?
#19242 of 19336 Re: Thanks [stackman1]
Nov 30, 2012 (1:26 pm)
Sylvania blue lights... are those the Silver Stars? I have two sets of those, one of which I gave away when I sold the last car I owned with 9007 bulb requirements, and the other I still have, but both sets were unopened. Before I bought the silver stars, I used Sylvania Xtravision, which were very nice and a marked improvement over the base bulbs (also much less expensive than the Silver Star!). They also lasted a long time (2+ years), which is why I never used the Silver Star bulbs. By the time I sold each of the vehicles, the Xtravision were still working fine!
On my 2010 Forester, I replaced the stock bulbs with Wagner TruView bulbs. They aren't expensive, provide a more neutral (whitish) light, and are really nice in that they don't cause hardly any glare. Of course, I don't benefit nearly as much from that as all the other drivers on the road, but I have a sight problem that makes me very sensitive to glare, so I appreciate it nonetheless.
For your car, that would be Wagner BP9007TV2 TruView Headlight Bulb (2-pack). I think they're about $12 for the pair on Amazon right now. I don't know about longevity yet (I just installed them this summer).
I've been thinking about replacing the sealed beam lights on my '69 Econoline with a set of housings that use 9007 bulbs. If I do that, I'll put the Silver Star set I still have in that. It will be a great use for them, too, since I tend to drive that vehicle about 100 miles a year and only during the summer (it's never dark here in the summer!).
#19243 of 19336 Wiper Blade Replacement
Nov 30, 2012 (6:39 pm)
Can I use the generic blades from Pep Boys (Anco or ProLine) on my 2011 Outback?
#19244 of 19336 Re: Thanks [xwesx]
Dec 01, 2012 (12:55 pm)
Call me crazy (go ahead, everyone else does!!), but I still buy the imported EU spec premium bulbs from Daniel Stern Lighting (Candlepower, Inc.) for my OBW. Philips Extreme Vision H1. A little brighter, and a very carefully aligned filament to make the best use of the stock housing. Plus, I occasionally polish the exterior plastic housing to make sure it is as close to crystal clear as possible.
When I look at the 'milk glass' lenses that many older cars sport, it makes me want to cry.
#19245 of 19336 Re: Thanks [fibber2]
Dec 01, 2012 (1:21 pm)
How long to those bulbs last, Steve?
Also, what do you use to polish your 2001's housings?