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Subaru Outback Fog Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out fog light bulb in the front bumper cover of a 6th generation 2015-2018 Subaru Outback.

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2017 Outback Fog Light
Under Bumper Cover
Pry Out Center of Fastener
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the sixth generation (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and maybe also the updated 2019 and 2020 model years) Subaru Outback station wagon in changing a burnt out fog light bulb located in the front bumper cover.

Owners of other Subaru vehicles such as the Forester, Impreza, Legacy, XV Crosstrek, WRX, BRZ, SVX, Tribeca, Exiga, Trezia, Levorg and Baja may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The compatible replacement halogen fog light bulb part number is H11.

If you would like to have brighter fog lights choose H11 LED bulbs.

The only tool needed to access and replace the bulbs is a flathead screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool.

Pry Out Base of Fastener
Remove 2nd Fastener
Two Pop Rivets Removed
The first two steps are to move to the side of the SUV with the burnt out fog light bulb.

Then slide under the front bumper cover with a flathead screwdriver and/or a plastic pry bar tool.

There are two round black plastic pop rivet fasteners along the front edge of the black plastic access cover.

Gently pry out the center part of the fastener to unlock it.

Then pry out the base of the fastener to remove it from the plastic panel.

Repeat the process for the second fastener.

Set the two fasteners aside in a safe place.

Pull Back Plastic Cover
Rear of Fog Light Housing
1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Gently pull down the black plastic access panel.

Reach up into the front bumper cover to access the fog light housing.

Rotate the base of the old fog light bulb 1/4 turn in the counterclockwise direction before pulling it straight out of the housing.

If you prefer, you could first disconnect the electrical connector by pressing down on the release tab before sliding it straight off the base of the old light bulb.

Remove Old Light Bulb
Push In Release Tab
Electrical Connector
Disconnect the orange / brown colored plastic power plug by pushing in the release tab and sliding it straight off.


Old Light Bulb Removed
Osram H11 12V 55W
Empty Bulb Socket
The OEM (original equipment manufacturer) light bulb was a Sylvania H11 (also known as "Osram").

Avoid touching the glass part of the new halogen light bulb with your fingers or anything greasy in the engine bay.

If you do get the new light bulb dirty, wipe it clean with a paper towel and some rubbing alcohol. Dry the bulb before installing it.

If you would like to have brighter fog lights, install some compatible H11 LED bulbs.

Install New Light Bulb
1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Push On Power Plug
Install the new fog light bulb into the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn in the clockwise direction to secure it into place.

Push the electrical connector straight on to the base of the new bulb until it clicks securely into place.

New Light Bulb Installed
Push Plastic Panel In Place
Re-Insert Plastic Fastener
Push the black plastic access panel back into place against the underside of the bumper cover.
Replace Second Fastener
Access Cover Secured
Test New Fog Light Bulb
Re-insert the two plastic fasteners and push in their center pieces to lock them into place.

Double check that the access panel and pop rivet fasteners are securely in place.

To test the new light bulbs, turn on the headlights and then activate the fog light switch.

Be sure to record the fog light bulb change in your vehicle's service records.

For more, please check out all of my 2015-2018 Subaru Outback DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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