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Hyundai Elantra Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to replace a burnt out low beam, high beam, and turn signal light bulb in a 2011-2016 Hyundai Elantra.

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Paul B. Michaels
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Auto Mechanic Since 1989

Elantra Headlight Assembly
Low Beam Headlight
Low Beam Dust Cover
This automotive maintenance "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 5th generation 2011, 2012 & 2013 Hyundai Elantra (also known as the Avante or i35) in replacing the low beam, high beam or front turn signal bulbs in the headlight assemblies.

Owners of other Hyundai or Kia vehicles such as the Accent, Sonata, Azera, Veloster, Tucson, Santa Fe, Veracruz, Genesis, Forte, Optima, Rio, Soul, Sorento, Sportage, and Sedona may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

Replacement headlight bulbs for the '11-'13 Elantra include the following with their part numbers: Low Beam # H11B or H11, High Beam # H1 and Turn Signal # 2357A.

No tools are needed to replace any of the headlight bulbs on either side of the vehicle.

1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
Low Beam Bulb Base
1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
The first few steps are to pop the hood, open the hood and move to the headlight assembly that contains the burnt out bulb.

The Low Beam bulb is located in the middle of the headlight assembly. Look behind the headlight assembly and locate the round black plastic dust cover that protects the low beam bulb. Rotate the dust cap 1/4 turn counter clockwise to remove it.

Grasp the base of the low beam bulb and rotate it 1/4 turn counter clockwise to unlock it before pulling it straight out of the headlight assembly.

(The removal procedure is the same for Elantra vehicles with H11 or H11B low beam bulbs. Please check your old bulb before purchasing new bulbs.)

(To access the headlight bulb on the driver side of the vehicle, you may need to remove the entire headlight assembly. There are two 10mm bolts and one 12mm bolt that need to be removed. Two plastic clips on the bottom also hold it in place. Pull the headlight assembly straight out.)

Pull Out Low Beam Bulb
Disconnect Power Plug
Philips # H11 Bulb
Disconnect the power plug from the base of the H11 bulb by pressing together the two grey plastic tabs and separating it from the bulb.
Insert New H11 Low Beam
1/4 Turn Clockwise
Push On Power Plug
Avoid touching the glass part of the new halogen H11 or H11B bulb with your fingers or anything greasy in the engine bay. If you do get the bulb dirty, wipe it clean with a paper towel moistened in rubbing alcohol.

Insert the new low beam bulb back into the headlight assembly and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place. Push the power plug on to the base until the two grey clips snap in place.

Replace the low beam dust cap and turn it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Dust Cap - 1/4 Turn Clockwise
High Beam Headlight
High Beam Dust Cover
The High Beam bulb is located at the corner of the headlight assembly closest to the center line of the vehicle.

Look behind the assembly and remove the high beam bulb's black plastic dust cover by turning it 1/4 turn counter clockwise.


1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
High Beam Bulb Base
Pull Off Power Connector
Pull the black plastic power connector straight off the base of the high beam bulb.
Press & Release Retaining Arm
Swing Out Retaining Arm
Pull Out Old H1 High Beam
Press on the open end of the metal retaining arm and swing it outwards to release the high beam bulb.

Pull the old H1 high beam bulb straight out of the headlight assembly.

High Beam Bulb Socket
Insert New # H1 Bulb
Close & Lock Retaining Arm
Avoid touching the glass part of the new H1 high beam bulb with your fingers or any greasy part of the engine bay. If you do get the bulb dirty, wipe it clean with an alcohol moistened paper towel.

Insert the new H1 high beam bulb in to the headlight assembly. Swing the metal retaining arm over the new bulb and lock it into place.

Push the black plastic power connector straight on to the base of the new H1 high beam bulb. Replace the high beam dust cap and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise.

Push On Power Connector
Replace Dust Cap
Turn Signal Bulb
The Turn Signal light bulb is located at the top corner of the headlight assembly close to the outside edge of the vehicle.
Turn Signal Bulb Base
1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
Push Down & 1/4 Turn CC
Rotate the black plastic turn signal bulb socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out of the headlight assembly.

To remove the old # 2357A turn signal bulb out of the socket, push down and rotate it 1/4 turn counter clockwise before pulling it straight out.

Push a new # 2357A bulb into the socket and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Insert the turn signal bulb and socket back into the headlight assembly and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to lock it in place.

Insert New 2357A Bulb
Test Low Beam & Turn Signal
Testing High Beam Bulb
Test the new low beam, high beam and/or turn signal bulb by turning on the headlights, activating the hazard signals and flashing the high beams.

For more, please check out my other Hyundai Elantra Repair & Maintenance DIY Guides.

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