How to Replace Headlight Bulb 2012–2016 Chevy Malibu

By | December 17, 2019

How to Replace Headlight Bulb 2012–2016 Chevy Malibu
A video is at the bottom of the post for a visual walk-through if needed.

Replacing the headlight bulb on a 2012–2016 Chevrolet Malibu is an easy task that falls in the DIY category.
How to Replace Headlight Bulb 2012–2016 Chevy Malibu Overview
The driver side has the windshield wiper fluid fill in the way which simply pulls out.

The passenger side is easy to get to behind the bulb cover.

As always if in doubt take your vehicle to a professional.

Below are the steps with screenshots to replace them along with a video if needed for a visual walk through.

Tools and Parts Needed

  • New Headlight Bulb

No tools are needed when replacing the headlight bulb.

Tools are only needed if there is corrosion on the vehicle.

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How to Replace Headlight Bulb 2012–2016 Chevy Malibu

  1. Open the hood and locate the bulb behind the headlight assembly.
  2. (Driver side only) Remove the windshield water fluid fill sprout by pulling up.
  3. How to Replace Headlight Bulb 2012–2016 Chevy Malibu Step 2

  4. (Driver side only) The whole sprout will pull out.
  5. How to Replace Headlight Bulb 2012–2016 Chevy Malibu Step 3

  6. Remove the headlight bulb cover turning counter-clockwise.
  7. How to Replace Headlight Bulb 2012–2016 Chevy Malibu Step 4

  8. Turn the bulb assembly counter-clockwise.
  9. How to Replace Headlight Bulb 2012–2016 Chevy Malibu Step 5

  10. Press the clip on the electrical plug and pull out the old bulb.
  11. How to Replace Headlight Bulb 2012–2016 Chevy Malibu Step 6

  12. Insert the new bulb
  13. Insert the bulb cover turning clockwise.
  14. Test the bulb.

Summary
It is not difficult to replace the head light bulb on a 2012–2016 Chevy Malibu but call a knowledgeable friend or professional if in-doubt.

Climates age cars differently which can effect bolts being rusted or other possible problems.

A vehicle that was in an accident may also have some type of unforeseen problem.

Remember not to touch the bulb itself with your hands as it will cause a hot spot that burns the bulb out faster then usual.


 




 

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