Join Date: Nov 2009
Car Year: 2010
Car Model: Forester XT Limited
If the headlight bulb change is as easy as my 2010 XT, it will take you 5 minutes a bulb pair. I just switched my high beam(9005), low beam(h11) and parking light(168 PIAA bulb, front facing only) on Tuesday with Silverstar Ultra, I have used them on other cars and happy with them.
**edit: you might need two flathead screw drivers to lift the plastic plugs up for the plastic air channel piece on the passenger side going to air filter box, you do not need screw drivers to change the actual bulb**
For my DRL/high beam, I unplugged the harness first. There is a clip that locks the harness on. Twist the bottom of the light bulb plug toward the passenger side maybe about 30 degrees. I put the new bulb in and lock into place before plugging in harness. Don't touch bulb and try to put into headlight housing without touching the bulb on the sides of the entry of the headlight housing.
On the driver headlight(which you are using), I have a cap lid that needs to be unscrewed first and then follow the steps above.
Don't touch the bulb with your fingers. Just hold the plastic end part of bulb. Keep your good bulbs, incase you have another blow out.
Keep a piece of papertowel handy to wipe your hands, lots of road dirt.
Since I did both and I hadn't changed my bulbs before, I started with the bulb that is easier to get to first to build the confidence. I spent 20 minutes from start to finish. B/c I wanted to see the difference and took my time.
2010 Forester XT Limited - Silver Spark
Last edited by DaveB420; 06-12-2011 at 09:45 AM.
Reason: **might need 2 screw drivers**