: Head Lights Changing



DdoubleE
08-04-12, 11:53 AM
Can anybody help me with how to change the front head lights on a '06 STS? It's the smaller bulb that I need changing. I YouTube it and it showed that you have to remove the entire front bumper. Is there a simpler way? And can you get the bulbs front Advance or Auto Zone, or is this a dealership only item?

DarkMingBlueSTS
08-04-12, 12:47 PM
I did it for the first time on a 2005 last week....I removed the bumper...it's not as bad as it sounds

DdoubleE
08-04-12, 01:36 PM
Where did you get your replacements from?

DarkMingBlueSTS
08-04-12, 04:29 PM
I changed them out to HID

curtc
08-04-12, 04:52 PM
I think he's referring to those little peanut bulbs...

STS-4000
08-04-12, 05:49 PM
If you have to replace the passenger side peanut light, you can just remove the fuse box which will give you easier access to the side ballast door on the headlight assembly, once you have removed the ballast door I strongly recommend you get someone with small hands to reach down and remove the peanut light socket as it is a PITA to remove with big hands. As for the drivers side just remove the air intake box and that'll give you access to the side ballast door on the driver side.

STS-4000

DarkMingBlueSTS
08-04-12, 06:40 PM
I think he's referring to those little peanut bulbs...

Lol oh yeah, oops :)

DdoubleE
08-05-12, 01:05 PM
Yeah I was refering to the peanut bulb. It went out on my and now I'm having a hard time trying to find a replacement.

1BadCadSTS
08-05-12, 02:13 PM
Upgrade to LEDs and never replace them again.

curtc
08-05-12, 02:37 PM
:yeah:

DdoubleE
08-05-12, 02:58 PM
I'm in the process of changing the small bulb and having the hardest time getting my hand down in the little slot to get it to sit properly.

STS-4000
08-05-12, 03:50 PM
Lol I told ya Man, it's a pain to get your hands down there to replace those things

eatyoursandwich
08-05-12, 04:34 PM
I'm in the process of changing the small bulb and having the hardest time getting my hand down in the little slot to get it to sit properly.

Take the bumper off. I don't why some of you have such a stigma with it. It's about as straightforward and easy as it gets.

Jack the car up

Remove splash guards

Unbolt the bumper cover

Done.

The hardest part is getting the car in the air.

DdoubleE
08-05-12, 05:06 PM
I finally got it. Removing the whole bumper for one small bulb is a bit too much.

DarkMingBlueSTS
08-05-12, 05:09 PM
I hope you changed all bulbs while you were at

EChas3
08-10-12, 08:41 PM
LED's aren't always better.

The OEM 'peanut' bulbs are a good color-match with the OEM-HID headlights.

Some cheap LED's will adversely affect the frequency of turn signal flashers. I see a lot of 'nicer' cars look like ricers due to cheap LED's.

If you choose LED's, please do it right.