Just take out the whole headlight assembly. It's only held in by three bolts and it's MUCH easier to replace the bulbs with the headlight out. Also, all of the aiming is done within the headlight assembly, so you don't have to worry about messing it up.
NO you dont have to take the whole assembly out. Remove the little screw on cap on the back. that lil gold clip has a spring on it when you push it down it releases. then just pull the bulb out and replace. I changed all 4 of my headlight bulbs in under 10 min. without taking the whole assembly out!
Although it is a little more work to remove the assembly, it is a lot better for the bulb. If you touch the bulb, or scratch it on the way into the housing, it will severely damage the bulb, drasticly shortening the life of the bulb. Any scratch or fingerprint is devistating. With the assembly out of the car, you have a lot more control over the bulb. And as easy as it is to remove, it is worth the time. Just take two minutes and a 10mm socket, and save the life of your bulbs.
either way, call your dealer and ask, the worst they'll tell you is that it is out of the warranty period for the lights, I pulled the battery when I replaced mine, but for some reason they would only shine about 5 feet in front of the car, I don't know if I had them sitting in there correctly or not (that's before I found out about the bulbs being under warranty)
If it is shining straight down, the bulb is pointed up in the housing. You probably missed the tab at the top of the bulb. I have xenons in my car, and I just put xenons in my girlfriends 04 XD, and it took about 10 minutes total to remove the housings and replace the bulbs.
DO NOT take the assembly out if it stock. they are aimed and all, they will be bugged eyes if you do. just unscrew it, its simple. but don't take the assembly out..only if you have no other choice, but you do here..so yeah.
If you simply remove the three 10mm bolts holding the entire assemly into the car, you will not mess with any of the adjustment of the lights. The adjustment screws are in a totally different spot. Save the life of your bulbs and do it right.
Honestly guys it takes less time to take the whole assembly out than it does to fittle around with it in that tight area... it takes about 1.5 minutes to take it out and put it back in agian that's 3 minutes total and when the guy at the counter says "dont put your finger on the bulb this time" you can say well this is how i did it last time and does it look like my finger is going on the bulb. and he says wow that's got to be the easyest bulb installation ive seen yet. and i'm liek well why do the sylvania silver star bulbs burn out so quickly then he's like well if that's how you installed the first one i dont really know b/c they should have lasted longer.. ive gone through 6 bulbs in 10 months I think next time i'm going to Plain ole stockers b/c even tho the silverstars have a 1 year warentee and i only had to pay for one set which cost me about 65$ Canadian .... It's not worth the hassle anymore !
Ill throw a quick intro then ill get to the topic at hand. Hi, Im Geoff from Illinois and I have a stock 01 elantra GLS. ok there. I have found the easiest way is to remove the whole assembly. I've done it both ways and you risk screwing everything up if you do it in the cramped engine bay. just take out the assembly, take off the cap on the back, and undo the left and right screws. dont mess with the bottom one because that will mess up the alignment or something. I had the light pointed straight down until I learned to take out the whole assembley. After I learned that I replace my passenger side then fixed my driver side and it all works properly now
Ok, After a long debate. I didn't even remember I posted this. Well I removed the assembly out that took no more then 2mins per light. That gold clip is messed up and I don't think it would have came out if I just pressed it. Cuz you still have to slide it a bit for it to come out or else your just pressing down on it which does nothing. If you never seen how to clip is made then it is possible you can be playing with the damn thing and never get it released. Taking out three scerws with a 10mm and unpluging two plugs is alot easier.
Jesus guys!!..How many XD members does it take to tell this guy how to change a lightbulb?...LoL....Its simple,just unscrew the big black caps and pull the wire off the bulb,release the gold looking clip and pull the bulb out!!...DONE!