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How do you Change, Replace, or Install Broken 1997-1999 Subaru Outback Headlight Assembly Replacement

Fits Years: 1997, 1998, 1999
All Subaru Outback Headlights for sale


Tools required:
  • Phillips screwdriver

  • 10mm socket/ratchet

  • Pliers


Step 1: Lift the vehicle's hood.

Step 2: Loosen the Phillips screw that holds the parking light assembly in place. You can now pry the parking light from the vehicle.

Step 3: Disconnect the parking light's wiring harness.

Step 4: Disengage the 6 clips that hold the vehicle's grille in place.


Using pliers, squeeze the retaining clips to disengage them. Four are along the top, and two are positioned lower on the component.

Step 5: Remove the grille.

Step 6: Disconnect the wiring harness from the back of the headlight assembly.

Step 7: Loosen the four 10mm retaining bolts that hold the headlight in place.


Two are located on top of the assembly, one near the grille area, and the final one is exposed by removing the parking light.

Step 8: You can now remove the headlight assembly.

NOTE: If you ordered your replacement headlight from Go-Parts, it likely includes new bulbs, as most of our models do. This saves you an installation step! However, if your particular model does not, you can easily transfer the sockets/bulbs from the old assembly to the new one. This process takes just a few moments!

Step 9: Mount the new headlight by tightening the 10mm mounting bolts.

Step 10: Connect the wiring harness to the headlight assembly.

Step 11: Reattach the grille by snapping the retaining clips back into place.

Step 12: Reconnect the parking light's wiring harness and mount it by tightening the Phillips screw.




Please Note

While we are more than happy to create these installation guides for your benefit, we cannot maintain any liability regarding the part, or the driving experience, once the part has been replaced/installed. We always guarantee the quality of the parts we provide, but the installation liability rests solely on the installer.

And, though we are always here to answer your questions, please note that our technicians created these guides for your convenience, and cannot provide assistance beyond this guide.


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These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to
99 1999, 98 1998, 97 1997 Subaru Outback Headlight Assembly Replacement Instructions
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