Recently I noticed my Matrix low beam light bulb went out. Being a little adventurous, I decided to fix it myself.
Someone already posted the steps at http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_you_change_the_headlight_bulb_on_a_toyota_matrix, but it was all in text. Me being a visual person I feel more secure with a DIY youtube video or pictures. Nevertheless, I decided to give it a shot.
First I went to Kragen to get the right light bulb. The part # for the low beam light bulb is 9006, but you don’t need to worry about that. You can simply ask the people there to help you look it up. It cost me $12.01 after tax. Below is a picture of it.
Then I went home and popped open my hood. If you have never seen the inside of your hood, then I must say you are more adventurous than me. 😉
First you will need to take out the bad bulb. Locate your bulb and there should be enough space for your hand to reach the back of the bulb. It’s obviously connected to a power cable. Grab the bulb and turn it so it can get loose. In my case, the left low beam, I turned counter clockwise. You only need to turn it by say 45 degrees. Once it’s out, you will see something like the following:
The bulb is locked by the two plastic hooks. Use a screw driver or something to unlock it. Then you should see the power plug.
Now, I probably don’t need to explain anymore. Just plug in the new bulb, then put it back. It’s that easy.
I hope you enjoy this little DIY tutorial. It definitely made me feel really good! 😉