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Nov 27, 2012 (5:07 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 19283 Re: Thanks [stackman1]
Nov 27, 2012 (10:03 am)
Well, the important thing is.... Did you get the bulbs replaced?!
#19241 of 19283 Re: Thanks [xwesx]
Nov 30, 2012 (1:25 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 19283 Re: Thanks [stackman1]
Nov 30, 2012 (2:26 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 19283 Wiper Blade Replacement
Nov 30, 2012 (7:39 pm)
Can I use the generic blades from Pep Boys (Anco or ProLine) on my 2011 Outback?
#19244 of 19283 Re: Thanks [xwesx]
Dec 01, 2012 (1:55 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 19283 Re: Thanks [fibber2]
Dec 01, 2012 (2:21 pm)
How long to those bulbs last, Steve?
Also, what do you use to polish your 2001's housings?
#19246 of 19283 Re: Thanks [xwesx]
Dec 01, 2012 (9:30 pm)
Not long enough, Wes! I average around 2 years or so. 4th or 5th set over the life of the car. I don't keep spares, so end up putting in a basic bulb that I have lying around until I get around to ordering more. The difference is noticeable, so I keep going back for more.
I looked into specific lens polishing kits, but on a lark I tried a microfiber cloth with some Meguires Cleaner Wax. It's a decent wax with a light duty polishing compound thrown it. It's a great general purpose product perfect for those of us who are lucky to find the time to wax their old cars once a year or so! It beads for half a year or more, comes off the rubber just fine (way better than their upscale Gold Class), and takes off the embedded crap that I should be going after with a clay bar but never get around to do.
The mild abrasive cleans off the oxidized plastic haze, and the wax helps to seal the surface. I'm sure the purists will cry foul to what I'm doing, but for me it seems to work great. And it's cheap! 30 cents of the stuff (I think I paid $6 at Walmart for the last bottle) will keep the lenses clean for months.
#19247 of 19283 Headlight Height
Dec 02, 2012 (1:04 am)
I've had an issue with the height of my headlights being too low on my 2010 Forester from day one. The dealer said "they are all like that" when I brought it to him. But...I had a 2009 and had no issues with seeing street signs, stop signs, etc. that I do with this 2010. Does anyone know how to adjust the height of the lights?
#19248 of 19283 Re: Thanks [fibber2]
by steve_ HOST
Dec 02, 2012 (7:07 am)
I've had good luck with toothpaste but I found an old bottle of polish around here that the former owners left and used that back in the summer. Was happy to see that it didn't dissolve the plastic; it probably dates back to the 80s.
Hard to say if it did a better job than the toothpaste. Probably my imagination, but it seems to have stayed "clearer" longer.