In this guide, we will show you how to change the front headlights and daytime running lights on third-generation Mitsubishi Outlander. Lights tend to dim over time and bulbs commonly fail. This repair will show you how to replace your lights so you can make sure the road is visible at night and you don't get a ticket for not having headlights!
- This applies to third-generation Outlander models: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020, and 2021
What you will need
- Start by popping the hood open by pulling the hood latch under the dash, open the hood, and set it on the hood prop.
- On the right side of the vehicle, find the rear headlight cover, remove it by turning the cover counterclockwise.
- Reach inside the headlight and twist the headlight connector counterclockwise, pull the connector and bulb out of the headlight socket.
- With the connector out of the headlight pull the bulb straight out of its connector. This might take some force but should not be difficult. If it is difficult the bulb may be melted inside the connector and a replacement connector will need to be spliced in. Be sure to do a visual check for any burn marks or melted plastic.
- Grab the replacement bulb, once again be sure to have clean gloves on while touching the glass bulb. The bulb has two prongs and a tab. The tab will only fit one way into the connector. Press the new bulb into the connector.
- Put the connector back inside the socket inside the headlight housing. Twist it clockwise until it is securely in place and can not turn anymore. Replace the headlight bulb cover on the rear of the housing.
- Next, the daytime running light bulb will be replaced on the right side headlight. To get to this bulb the windshield washer reservoir will need to be moved out of the way. It is held in by a plastic retainer clip, remove this clip with a flathead screwdriver. Pull up on the reservoir neck and move it out of the way.
- Look for the daytime running light cover on the rear of the headlight housing. Remove it by turning counterclockwise.
- Reach inside the headlight housing and turn the headlight connector counterclockwise. Pull the connector out of its socket.
- The bulb has a 90-degree base, remove the connector from the bulb by pressing down on the end of the plastic tab and pull the connector apart from the bulb. If the tab does not clear the connector you may need to use a small flathead screwdriver to pry the tab up and over the bulb. Be careful not to pry too hard, the plastic will break with too much force and the connector will no longer be able to be secured on the bulb properly.
- Grab the new bulb and some die-electric grease, place a small amount of grease inside the bulb's socket, be careful not to get any on the glass. Slide the connector back into the new bulb socket. The grease will help the connector slide in and also help prevent moisture and corrosion from getting in the connection.
- Slide the connector back inside the headlight socket and turn clockwise until it stops. Replace the daytime running light cover and reinstall the washer fluid reservoir.
- Move to the left side headlight, the procedure is the same except the airbox and a bracket will need to be removed.
- Remove the two 10mm bolts on the bracket to get access to the daytime running light.
- Replace both bulbs following the procedure above.
- Reinstall the bracket and airbox, make sure the headlights are now working properly, and close the hood, you are all done!
Why are my headlights dim, how do I replace the headlight?
The headlight may be dim due to a weak filament in the headlight bulb, or the headlight lens itself may be old and oxidized keeping the light from passing through the lens. Have the headlight bulb replaced if the headlight lens is clear.
If it is not clear it is possible to get headlight restoration done on the headlight lens, or the lens assembly may need to be replaced. It is important to have a clear vision of the road during the night time darkness. Neglecting to have proper lighting conditions on the road is a safety hazard.