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Subaru Forester Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a low beam, high beam, turn signal, DRL or side marker light bulb in a 2014-2018 Subaru Forester.

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2017 Forester Headlight
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Low Beam - Outer Area
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Rear of Low Beam Bulb

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fourth generation (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018) Subaru Forester SUV in changing a burnt out low beam, high beam, front turn signal, DRL (daytime running lamp) and side marker light bulb in the headlight assemblies.

Owners of other Subaru vehicles such as the Outback, Impreza, Legacy, XV Crosstrek, WRX, BRZ, SVX, Tribeca, Exiga, Trezia, Levorg and Baja may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The compatible replacement light bulb part numbers are as follows: Low Beam # H11, High Beam # 9005, Front Turn Signal # 7440A or 7444NA, DRL # 2825 and Side Marker # 2825.

No tools are needed to access and replace any of the light bulbs in either the driver or passenger side headlight housings.

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Push In Tab - Pull Off Plug
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Grab Base of Low Beam
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
The first two steps are to open the hood and then move to the side of the vehicle with the burnt out light bulb.

The low beam bulb is located near the outer edge of the housing.

Reach in behind the headlight assembly and locate the base of the old low beam bulb.

Push in the release tab on the electrical connector before sliding the power plug straight down off the base of the old light bulb.

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Old Low Beam Removed
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Osram H11 12V 55W
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Empty Bulb Housing
Rotate the base of the light bulb 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

Try to avoid touching the glass part of the new halogen light bulb with your fingers or anything greasy in the engine bay.

If you do get the new bulb dirty, wipe it clean with a paper towel and some rubbing alcohol.

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Insert New Light Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Push On Power Plug
Insert a new number H11 low beam light bulb into the socket and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Push the power plug straight on to the base of the new light bulb until it clicks securely in to place.

You should hear or feel the retaining clip "click" in to place.

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High Beam - Bottom Inner
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Base of Old High Beam
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Disconnect Power Plug
The high beam light bulb is located near the bottom inner corner of the headlight assembly.

Push in the release tab on the electrical connector before sliding the power plug straight off the base of the old high beam bulb.

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Power Plug Removed
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Old High Beam Removed
Rotate the base of the old light bulb 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.
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9005 Bulb 12V 65W
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Empty Bulb Housing
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Install New High Beam
Try to avoid touching the glass part of the new halogen light bulb with your fingers or anything in the engine bay.

If you do get the new high beam bulb dirty, wipe it clean with a paper towel and some rubbing alcohol.

Insert the new number 9005 high beam light bulb into the housing.

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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Push On Power Plug
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Turn Signal - Top Inner
Rotate the base of the new light bulb 1/4 turn clockwise to lock it in place.

Push the power plug straight on to the base of the new light bulb until you hear it "click" securely into place.

The front turn signal light bulb is located at the top inner corner of the housing.



 

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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Turn Signal Socket Removed
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Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Rotate the black plastic turn signal bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket.

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Push In New Turn Signal
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Empty Socket Housing
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Re-Insert Turn Socket
Push a new amber colored turn signal light bulb straight into the socket.

The OEM turn signal light bulb in this 2017 Forester was a dual filament 7444NA which also acts as a parking light.

Previous model years may be equipped instead with the single filament 7440A bulb.

Please check your old bulb before purchasing new front turn signal light bulbs.

Re-insert the bulb socket into the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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DRL & Side Marker
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Two Small Bulb Sockets
The DRL (daytime running lamp) and front side marker light bulbs are located near the outer edge of the housing.

The dark grey plastic socket located closer to the front of the vehicle contains the DRL light bulb.

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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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DRL Bulb Socket Removed
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Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Rotate the DRL bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket.

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Push In New Light Bulb
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DRL Bulb Housing
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Push a new number 2825 (also known as the W5W) light bulb straight into the socket.

If you would like to have brighter DRL lights, you can choose to install compatible replacement 2825 LED miniature wedge base light bulbs.

Re-insert the DRL bulb socket into the housing and rotate it 1/4 clockwise to secure it in place.

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Side Marker Bulb Socket
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Pull Out Old Light Bulb
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Push In New Light Bulb
The grey plastic side marker bulb socket is located closer to the rear of the vehicle.

Rotate the front side marker bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new number 2825 bulb.

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Side Marker Replaced
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Test New Light Bulbs
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Test High Beam Headlight
Re-insert the side marker bulb socket into the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Test the new light bulbs by turning on the headlights, activating the hazard signals and flashing the high beams.

Be sure to record the bulb change in your SUV's service records.

For more, please check out all of my 2014-2018 Subaru Forester DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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