Sunday, February 12, 2012

How to Change a Headlight Bulb

Step 1: Notice that your head light is out.

Awesome. It’s dark and you need to get home from school, but your headlight is out and you have NO IDEA where an auto parts store might be. You could use your smart phone to look it up, or you could just decide to go home and deal with it later. You choose the later.

Step 2: Buy a new bulb.

Of course your headlight bulb dies at the most inopportune time, right before you go on a trip. So you look up an auto parts store on the way to your destination. You made a detour and pick up your new headlight bulb.

Step 3: Change the bulb.

You drive a Honda, which means nothing can be simple when it comes to working on the car. The car’s manual tells you to unbolt something, for which you need a wrench. Then you can shove a bunch of stuff around so that you can actually get to the piece that holds the bulb in place. You also need the world’s smallest screwdriver to get to those pieces, as there is a bunch of shit under the hood, so space is at a premium. It also happens to be snowing while you are trying to do this so your hands are freezing.

Oh, and don’t forget you can’t actually touch the bulb because it “causes weak spots in the glass”. This can only mean that an accidental touch can cause the bulb to spontaneously explode at any point.

Step 4: Check to make sure your new bulb works.

It does, hooray! Pat yourself on the back that after a trip to the store for the properly sized screwdriver, the trip to the auto parts store for the $7 light bulb and 30 minutes of cursing Honda in the freezing cold, you actually changed a light bulb. Congratulations.

Hopefully the bulb doesn’t explode.