How to Change Headlights on C230 Mercedes-Benz

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The headlights on your C230 Mercedes Benz are high-intensity discharge headlights. These high-intensity discharge, or HID headlights, use xenon gas inside the headlight bulb to light up the road in front of you. The C230 uses 8000K to 10000K HID headlights, depending on the driver's preference. These headlights are much thinner than their halogen headlight counterparts but offer 2,000 to 3,000 hours of service life. Replacement HID lights for your Mercedes can be purchased from most auto-parts stores.

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  • Needle-nosed pliers

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  1. 1

    Open the bonnet and pull down on the plastic tab on the backside of the headlight housing.

  2. 2

    Pull the housing cover off of the back of the headlight.

  3. 3

    Unplug the electrical power connector from the back of the headlight.

  4. 4

    Squeeze the tabs on the retaining clip together on the back of the headlight with needle-nosed pliers and pull the clip off the back of the headlight.

  5. 5

    Pull the headlight out of the back of the headlight housing.

  6. 6

    Insert a new headlight into the housing. Be careful not to touch the glass bulb on the headlight or the oils from your fingers could cause catastrophic failure of the headlight.

  7. 7

    Replace the retaining clip.

  8. 8

    Plug the electrical power connector back into the headlight.

  9. 9

    Snap the plastic cover over the back of the headlight assembly.

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