Fog lights are there to helps improve driver’s visibility while driving in special weather. For example, when it’s fog, heavy rain, or driving snow; the normal headlights are angled and positioned at such that you can end up with near total white-out. Similarly, when the atmosphere in front of you is highly reflective; your own regular headlights can be blinding to you. These are indeed when fog lights are useful. By now fog lights will point directly at the road in front of the car but do not reflect glare back from the fog itself. So it’s better to eternally keep your fog lights in good condition since it’s the support for you to drive in such bad conditions. Not too hard since there are only two main reasons that cause a fog light failure. One is the fog light got damage itself and the second is attributed to an electrical problem. You can easily self-fix fog lights for cars following instructions as follow.
First of all, take a look at your owner’s manual book. The book will provide you the general idea of the part, all information about repairing steps, the components you need. Now, remember it’s a must to use replacement parts that approved by the car’s manufacturer.
You will need to lie on the ground. There is a front bumper behind the fog lamp; reach up to it there. Sometimes on the underside of the bumper; you will find a protective shroud. Now, remove the retaining screws to secure the shroud to the bumper.
1. Self-fix fog lights: changing the light bulb
– Identify fog light that needs replacement. Turn the fog light on. Walk around to the front of the car to see which one needs to be replaced.
– Remove the bulb from the back of the housing. Gently turn the bulb, counter-clockwise, and pull out the bulb from the retainer.
– Disconnect the electrical connector from the fog bulb. Thus squeeze the lock tab and gently pulling the plug from the bulb.
– Install the new bulb into the housing.
– Plug the electrical plug back in and put the fog light housing back into the correct place. Refasten the screws and push the cover back on
– Switch on the fog lights to test whether everything is ready.
– If the new bulb works well, reinstall anything removed during disassembly progress. Now you have finished changing self-fix fog lights by yourself.
2. Other Minor Electrical Problems
Changing a Blown Fuse
– Read the owner’s manual book to locate the right fuse box.
– Remove the cover from the fuse box.
– Use a fuse puller to remove the old fuse.
– Replace the new one in the old one’s place. Make sure they have the same amperage rating.
– Turn on the fog lights to test the fuse
Replace a Faulty Switch
– Look for the instrument panel around the switch, disassemble it.
– Remove the retaining screws holding the switch or take off the switch from the instrument panel.
– Gently pull out the wiring out. Check the condition of the wiring. Pull until the connector shows off.
– Unplug the switch from the connector.
– Plug in the new switch.
– Switch on the fog light to test.
– If everything is good, reassemble the instrument panel back as before.