The 2000 Chrysler 300M features a halogen headlight capsule that inserts into the headlight assembly. Unlike many other cars, the 300M requires the removal of several components in order to change the light. Permitting the dealer or a repair station to replace the bulb results in high labor charges. But you can do it yourself in just a few steps.
Access to the Bulb
Although some people with small hands may be able to access the low-beam bulb without removing the front bumper, most mechanics cannot. Finger and wrist dexterity will be required in order to do so.
To remove the bumper, a large rubber grommet will need to be removed from the lower splash shield. This will allow access to the fascia retaining fasteners. Using a small pry tool or an interior upholstery pin puller, remove the plug push-pins on the upper radiator panel.
Two jack screws hold the headlight assembly in place that need to be removed. These are located on both sides of the top of the headlight assembly toward the engine compartment. Since the headlight assemblies on the 300M are larger than the fascia, you will need to move the fascia forward enough to access the rear of the assembly. Disconnect the wire harness to the halogen capsule by prying up on the locking tabs and then pulling the wire away from the bulb.
Turn the bulb retaining ring counterclockwise 1/3 of a turn in order to release it and the bulb from the headlight assembly and then remove the old bulb.
Install the new bulb by reversing the procedure. Test the functionality of the bulb before replacing it in the headlight assembly and then replacing the bumper.
Handling the Bulb
Halogen headlight capsule burn much hotter than the sealed beam units they replaced. The benefits to the halogen capsules are they last longer and are brighter. However, because they burn brighter and hotter, care should be taken when handling them. Oils and alkaline from human skin can damage the protective coating on the bulb and create a hot-spot. This hot-spot will either compromise the longevity of the halogen capsule or prevent it from working at all. When handling the new replacement bulb, wear latex gloves or prevent your hands or skin from contacting the glass bulb of the headlight capsule.
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