...and you have to have the hands of a 9 year old to get into the small space to get the back off of the headlight. That said, I posted here back in Sept of 2012 when I put in my Osram's. Still have the same bulbs...no blow outs....yet. :29:It only takes one but he must have skinny arms that move like Gumby's !!
You should only have to remove two clips on either side, and turn the wheel all the was opposite the side you're working on.Changing the low beam bulb on the 2011 is the same as on the 13s no?
I just had to change my first low beam at 36K - was a little surprised how soon it was. I never use "auto".
More surprised by how hard it is to change these bulbs. I am curious how you guys do it? to me it was a HUGE pain in the ass having to remove all those plastic clips on the wheel well liner, and my wheel arch piece and having to move the tires back and forth to reach the clips - then having to reach everything without being able to actually SEE it while Im doing it. Am I doing it wrong?
It is more than just an awkward location. I truly cant believe it (just changed my first a week ago). I know many people that wont even change their headlights on their cars even though they have cars that are the easiest in this department.A few thoughts:
1) The access problem is the awkward location: it's easy enough to remove the inner fender. The access hatch doesn't fix the location, it just give you even less wiggle room.
2) At the risk of reinvigorating a thread that went 'way off topic, I discussed a long-life bulb in this thread (everything you need to read is on the first page):
3) Please, let's not hear about your illegal HID "solution".
This issue is much more common on many vehicles today. It's a fact of the OEMs packaging things much tighter on a vehicle today. I had an '06 Cadillac CTS that was exactly the same way as the Outback, an '07 Honda Civic that was the same way, and the wife now owns a '14 Dodge Charger that is fairly difficult to access.It is more than just an awkward location. I truly cant believe it (just changed my first a week ago). I know many people that wont even change their headlights on their cars even though they have cars that are the easiest in this department.
"easy enough to remove the inner fender"??
1. I think you over-estimate average peoples abilities working with cars. When I was a teen - my father helped me swap out all sort of things in my old crappy used cars so Im not completely hands off. Then later I only did things like brakes and oil and stuff. These days I cant be bothered as many things need a special tool and time things I dont always have.
And I consider myself someone a little more inclined to tackle doing something like this on their car than many I know who would take one look at that and say "no way, Im not doing that".
I know self-work on cars is not as easy as it once was - but I never thought I would see the day when a headlight was too hard to replace on a car for the average person. Maybe its cause I live in LA and people here tend to not be as "handy" as other places but I think a lot of people would not tackle that light bulb job or even consider it "easy" - esp as most I see driving Outbacks here are very old people or women (no offense women)
...update...70K km and no blown bulbs...yet. :28: