Must Remove Battery To Replace Headlight?

what if you have to move the battery to replace a headlight

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Discussion Starter · #1 · Jan 9, 2006

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First post here; I have a 2001 Elantra GLS. My driver’s side headlight is burnt out and I want to replace it; from what I’ve seen I have to remove the battery to replace it. Are there any adverse affects from unhooking the battery that I have to know about? I know that when my father replaced the battery in his last car, it messed up the car’s computer somehow when he totally removed the power…anything like that I have to worry about with my Elantra?

Thanks!

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You can replace the bulb without removing the battery, you just have to remove the plastic piece around it.

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And it’s easiest if you remove the headlight assembly altogether to replace the bulb. Here’s a link to a DIY:

Headlight Bulb Replacement

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Hi. I had the same problem. The easiest thing to do is remove your battery from the car before trying to swap out the bulb. I have noticed no adverse effects from doing so. Actually, removing the battery inadvertently solved a transmission problem I was having where the engine would down shift roughly at around 50mph when I was accelerating. Taking out the battery apparently reset the computer and made it go back to normal. Good luck.

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Discussion Starter · #5 · Jan 18, 2006

I just unhooked the positive terminal and slid the battery to the right…worked like a charm! Thanks for all the help!

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The link was very useful. I was able to replace the left hand low beam bulb. Only issue i had was bults ware rusted i had to apply rust free spry. Tricky part is having correct tools. You need correct tool to remove bult near the battery.

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This link is very helpful to me, but I need to know about the passenger side. My bulb went out (both of them – high and low) Saturday night, and I pulled it on Sunday, and it wasn’t super easy with the window washer container in the way. I guess I can check if I can remove that (can I?).

The thing is, the spring came out with the bulb. I was a bit worried about that, so I took it to walmart, and they told me the screws were missing. He just stuck the new bulb in without the spring, so now I have it all temporary taped (I know – sad, huh?) in to keep it steady until I’m able to fix it.

I guess my question is, can I remove the darn window washer container so I can get to the screws in the light bulb area?

Thanks!

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its 3 10mm bolts, you shouldn’t have to move anything to loosen/remove them.

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Can somebody please supply the name and home address of the person responsible for designing the headlight assembly? Without breaking my wrist to accommodate the angle necessary to replace the driver’s side light, I found the process quite difficult. Saw early this morning that it didn’t get clipped in just right and is aimed way off so I have to do it all again. Grrrr……..

Guess I’ll disassemble the headlight and fix it that way.

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I have a 2003 Elantra, does anyone know if to change the side lights, (turn signals) is the same proceedure?

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I’m not as familiar with the 03 model since I have an 05, but the DIY linked above shows how to get the headlight assembly out. Once you do that, I think getting to the blinker is pretty easy.

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