Headlight bulbs are a DIY car maintenance project
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Car Maintenance 101: Changing the Headlight on a Prius

Looking for some car maintenance you can do yourself? Here’s an excellent demonstration of just how simple it is to change the headlight bulb on a Prius---and do it correctly---by following just a few important provisions.
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DIY Vehicle Maintenance for Car Owners

Are Prius headlight bulbs hard to replace? Not necessarily. In fact, it is surprising how many maintenance and repair jobs are still possible for today’s car owners with a little show and tell instruction and the right tools.

Earlier, we had learned that performing some DIY maintenance jobs such as inspecting the transmission fluid on a Prius or installing an undercarriage shield to prevent catalytic converter theft, is possible using only a few tools and a little know-how from an expert.

Even if you prefer to let a trusted mechanic to do all of your car maintenance and repair work for you, it is still a good idea to at least know something about the repair or maintenance to be done in order to avoid being scammed by a service center tech.

The Toyota Maintenance YouTube Channel

So where do you find good instruction? In spite of the overabundance of YouTube videos making show and tell claims that appear to be helpful---but in practice are not---there are some that are remarkably well-done with instruction and helpful advice geared toward guiding the novice mechanic. One example is the Toyota Maintenance YouTube channel hosted by “Peter” who provides a combination of Old World charm and sensible instruction that makes you want to learn more about how to take care of your car.

My hope is to find more such automotive instruction gems and share them with readers and viewers looking to learn more about their car and how to take care of it. That said, here is “Peter” with his show and tell instruction on how easy it really is to change the headlight on a Prius.

Are Prius Headlight Bulbs Hard to Replace?

And finally…

Just to be sure you did not miss out on an important caveat to this repair, be sure to never let the oils from your fingertips transfer onto the glass of a bulb. Doing so can result in damage to the quartz glass by creating a hot spot on the surface of the bulb when illuminated. The best bet is to handle the bulb with inexpensive cotton inspection gloves that can be found on Amazon.

If you have a favorite YouTube channel that you have found provides helpful automotive instruction, please let us know about it in the comments section below.

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Timothy Boyer is Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily Tesla and electric vehicle news.


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