How to Replace a Subaru WRX Fog Light

Written by keith perry
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The Subaru WRX model was produced in Japan from 1992 to 2009 and is a model in the Impreza line. The WRX is known for durability, speed and handling in the sports-car world. Speed is derived from a turbo four-cylinder engine with superb handling attributed to the four-wheel drive train. Fog lights are an available option on the WRX model. The fog light bulbs will fail on occasion and require a replacement bulb to be installed. Variations occur between model years and an appropriate manual should be consulted for specific information.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Blue painters tape
  • Small flat-blade screwdriver
  • 10-millimeter socket
  • Ratchet and extension
  • Small cloth

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  1. 1

    Apply the painters tape around the fog light opening that requires bulb replacement.

  2. 2

    Pry the fog light cover loose using the small flat screwdriver. Apply the pressure when prying to the area that is notched out on the fog light cover.

  3. 3

    Remove the two bolts using the 10-millimeter socket and ratchet. Use of a short extension for the ratchet may be required.

  4. 4

    Slide the whole fog light assembly out of the front bumper. Disconnect the electrical connector by gently applying pressure with your hand to the connector.

  5. 5

    Twist the bulb loose from the assembly. Use a small cloth when touching the halogen lights to avoid contamination with oil from your hand.

  6. 6

    Install a new bulb in the fog light assembly. Twist the bulb to the right using the small cloth to lock the bulb.

  7. 7

    Reconnect the electrical connector with sufficient force to lock it in place.

  8. 8

    Reinstall the fog light assembly unit in the bumper. Install the two bolts using the ratchet and tighten to approximately 10 foot-pounds of torque.

  9. 9

    Place the fog light cover back over the opening and apply gentle pressure with both hands until it snaps into place.

  10. 10

    Remove the painters tape from the fog light and confirm that the light is now operational.

Tips and warnings

  • Never touch a halogen bulb with bare hands, as oil from your skin may ruin the bulb.

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