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Hyundai Santa Fe Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to replace the low beam, high beam & turn signal bulbs in the headlight of a 2007-2012 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV.

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Hyundai Santa Fe Headlight
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High Beam Dust Cap

This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 2nd generation 2007 to 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV in replacing a burnt out light bulb in the headlight assembly.

Owners of other Hyundai or Kia vehicles such as the Tucson, Veracruz, Accent, Elantra, Veloster, Sonata, Azera, Genesis, Equus, Forte, Optima, Sorento, Rio, Soul, Sportage and Sedona may also find this guide to be helpful.

The headlight assembly of a Hyundai Santa Fe contains the following light bulbs with their respective part numbers: Low Beam # H11B, High Beam # H7, and Front Turn Signal # 1157.

No tools are needed to replace the low beam or high beam headlight bulbs. You may need a 10mm socket with ratcheting wrench to access the turn signal light bulb.

1/4 Turn Counter-Clockwise
High Beam Power Connector
Wiggle Off Power Plug
The High Beam bulb is located closest to the center line of the vehicle as indicated in the 1st Picture on this page. Remove the round black plastic dust cover by turning it 1/4 turn counter clockwise. Then wiggle off the high beam bulb's black plastic power connector.

The high beam bulb is held in place by a silver metal retaining arm that is hooked on the rear of the headlight assembly. To release the arm, press down on the side closest to the passenger side of the vehicle, push it towards the front of the vehicle to unhook it, and then let it spring upwards. Swing the metal arm outwards towards the rear of the vehicle.

Metal Retaining Clip
Press Down Arm & Swing Out
Remove High Beam Bulb
With the metal arm released, the high beam bulb can be easily pulled out of the headlight assembly.
H7 12V 55W Philips
High Beam Retaining Arm
Metal Tab Facing Up
Replace the old high beam bulb with a new part # H7 bulb. Orientate the new bulb so that the metal tab is facing upwards and insert it into the headlight assembly.
New Bulb Installed
Swing Metal Arm Over Bulb
Hook Metal Clip In Place
Swing the metal arm back to the passenger side of the vehicle over the new bulb and hook it in place.


Plug In Power Connector
Replace Bulb Cover
1/4 Turn Clockwise
Push the power connector on to the base of the new high beam bulb and replace the black plastic dust cover by turning it 1/4 turn clockwise.
Low Beam Dust Cover
1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
Dust Cap Removed
The Low Beam headlight bulb is located at the center of the headlight assembly between the low beam and the turn signal light. Remove the black plastic dust cover on the back of the low beam bulb by turning it 1/4 turn counter clockwise.
Low Beam Bulb
1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
Remove Low Beam Bulb
To easily remove the low beam bulb from the headlight assembly, just gently grasp it with your thumb and forefinger before turning it 1/4 turn counter clockwise. Then pull it straight out of the headlight assembly.
H11B Low Beam Bulb
Power Prongs On Bulb Base
Low Beam Socket
A new low beam headlight bulb is part # H11B, which has two metal blades on the base that act as the power connector.

(The Turn Signal light bulb is located at the corner of the headlight assembly past the low beam bulb. To remove it, turn the base 1/4 turn counter clockwise. A new turn signal light is part # 1157. If you have large hands, you may need to remove the headlight assembly by removing the 10mm bolts that hold it in place.)

Turn Signal Bulb
1/4 Turn Clockwise
Replace Low Beam Cover
Install a new H11B low beam headlight bulb into the assembly and carefully rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to connect the power prongs on the base of the bulb to the power connector at the top of the socket.

Re-install the round black plastic low beam bulb dust cover by twisting it on 1/4 turn clockwise.

Headlight Bulb(s) Replaced
Test Low Beam Bulb
Test High Beam Bulb
Test the new headlight bulb(s) by turning on the lights, activating the hazard signals and flashing the high beams.

For more, visit my Hyundai Santa Fe SUV Repair & Maintenance Guides page.

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