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2010 - 2014 Subaru Outback Parking Lights, High Beam & Front Turn Signal Bulb Replacement

November 27, 2019

DIY daytime running lights (called parking lights in the video), high beam headlight bulbs and front turn signal bulb replacement for 2010-2014 Subaru Outback & Legacy. The goal of the video is to demonstrate location and method to replace these common bulbs. Hopefully it will give you the confidence to do it yourself.

Video: Replacing Parking Light, Headlight and Front Turn Signal - Subaru Outback 2010-2014

Video by Matt's Garage & Misc. DIY. Re-published with permission.

Summary

Applies To:

Subaru Outback, Subaru Legacy

Years Covered :

2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Tools Needed:

You'll need a flat blade screwdriver and some paper towels.

Notes:

To replace the parking light or high beam headlight on the passenger side, you will need to remove the air intake. The air intake is held on with two plastic pins. Put your flat blade screwdriver in-between the head and washer of each pin and pry up to remove.

2010-2014 Subaru Outback and Legacy Intake Removal
2010-2014 Subaru Outback and Legacy Intake Removal Pins

Replacing The Daytime Running Lights

1. Open the hood and locate the parking light bulb. It will be slightly higher than the high beam headlight bulb and towards the fender of the vehicle.

2010-2014 Subaru Outback And Legacy Daytime Running Light Location

2. Grab the parking light socket and twist it counter-clockwise. You'll hear it click when it detaches from the housing.

2010-2014 Subaru Outback and Legacy Daytime running Light Out Of Housing

3. Using a paper towel, grab the old light bulb, pull it out of the socket and replace it with a new bulb. (Pro Tip: The paper towel helps protect your hands and keeps oily residue from causing the new bulb to fail prematurely)

2010-2014 Subaru Outback and Legacy Daytime Running Light Replacement

4. Gently insert the socket with the new bulb into the housing and turn it clockwise until you hear it click into place.

Replacing The High Beam Headlights

1. Open the hood and locate the high beam headlight bulb (see image below).

2. Push in and down on the tab on the lower part of the headlight harness. This tab releases a latch higher up and as you push down, the harness should slide off.

2010-2014 Subaru Outback and Legacy High Beam Headlight Harness Tab Location

3. Grab the high beam headlight socket and turn counter clockwise until you hear it click. Gently pull back and remove it from the housing.

2010-2014 Subaru Outback and Legacy High Beam Headlight Out Of Housing

4. Gently insert the socket with the new bulb into the housing and turn it clockwise until you hear it click into place. Re-attach the harness by pushing it up onto the socket until you hear it click in to place.

Replacing The Front Turn Signals

1. Open the hood and locate the turn signal bulb behind rubber covering (see image below).

2010-2014 Subaru Outback and Legacy Front Signal Light Location

2. Grab the high beam headlight socket and turn counter clockwise until you hear it click. Gently pull back and remove it from the housing.

2010-2014 Subaru Outback and Legacy Front Signal Light Out Of Housing

4. Gently insert the socket with the new bulb into the housing and turn it clockwise until you hear it click into place. Replace the rubber covering.

Video Transcription

"Looking at my 2012 Subaru Outback, and going to look at the individual bulbs that are in the headlight assembly. So I have to replace one of them today.

So from the center out, you have a high beam bulb, which is right in here. And in the corner of that same area is the parking light. Both of those are easily accessed from behind here with the hood open. So moving over here we have the regular low beam bulb. This one's actually fairly difficult to replace it requires getting in from the fender well. And there's several videos that cover that in depth. And then up here we have the turn signal bulb, which is also easily accessible from inside of the hood. So here we're looking at both the high beam and way up in the corner up here. It's the parking light bulb which I'm going to replace, I'm going to show you, I'm gonna reach in there. And I'm going to just grab the housing and twist it counterclockwise and you can hear it snap out it comes right there. Here's our parking light bulb. And these just pull straight out and then the new ones push straight in.

So when you're replacing these bulbs, you want to be careful not to touch the actual bulb with your fingers because the oily residue can heat up over time and cause early failure the bulb, so I'm using this paper towel to carefully handle the bulb. So once I've pushed the bulb all the way into the socket, I'm ready to push it back into position and gently turn it about a quarter turn to lock it back into place. Remove this high beam if you have to. This socket down at the very bottom has a little tab that you push down on. And when you push down on that it releases a latch that's higher up in the whole thing and slides down. So now you're, you're off with the harness. And now you can counterclockwise turn this bulb, just barely wiggle it free.

So to get access to either the high beam or the parking light bulb, on the passenger side, you have to remove this area and take and to do so you just have to remove these two pins. And the only tool you need is a flat, bladed or slotted screwdriver. You want to get the screwdriver tip between the head and the washer and just twist it. Then those pins pull straight out.

There's a second one in there was two slightly and those pins come out. And then last but not least, if you needed to get to your turn signal bulb, which is up here in the top part of the headlight assembly, just need to pull back this little rubber covering. And look back here you've got this socket right here. And to remove the bulb, it is twist this guy clockwise, and it pops right out.

We're all wrapped up. We've got both parking lights replaced. You can see we've got them lit up. We've got our low beams on. It all looks great. And I hope this will help you if you need to replace any of these."

About The Creator

Video content generously provided by Matt's Garage & Misc. DIY and was re-published with permission. Check out his other helpful tips and tricks on his YouTube channel and other social media sites!

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