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2006 headlamp assembly

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by J Harrison, Jan 13, 2020.

  1. Jan 13, 2020 at 6:29 AM
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    J Harrison

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    I recently needed to replace a headlight bulb in a 2006 Tacoma. There is a small wire clip, when attempting to remove a piece of the plastic shroud where the wire clip rest broke off. At this point I assume I have to replace the entire headlamp assembly. Can anyone verify for me that my assumption is accurate. For the want of a small sliver of plastic I think I am stuck replacing the entire assembly. Am I correct?
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  2. Jan 13, 2020 at 8:23 AM
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    Too Stroked

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    Pics?
     
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    b_r_o

    b_r_o We need to talk about your flair

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    Put a couple little Phillips screws right into the plastic between the edge of the bulb and the housing
    20200113_085059.jpg
    Be gentle so it doesnt crack to much, might need to remove the housing for better access

    Housing is already damaged so its worth a shot
     
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    The square block has a round hole in it. Some TW members have put a screw in the hole with a washer to hold down the clip.
     
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    The reason I originally asked for pics is that sometimes - but not very often - the mount doesn't actually break. The clip just falls out. Say for instance 1,650 miles from home in a cold hotel parking lot when I told the wife it would take me "5 minutes" to change a burned out passenger side headlight bulb. Yea, even just the clip is a mother to put back in when your hands are just short of frostbite.
     
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  7. Jan 13, 2020 at 11:49 AM
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    whatstcp

    whatstcp currently drunk so don't listen to me

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    Well just be glad you didn't lose it forever because if you want to buy just the clip....well I'll let you look at the ad (20% off!)

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/OEM-BULB-R...06-07-08-09-10-11-HEADLIGHT-9119/152482077235
     
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    That BS clip is a mother to put back in even without frostbite!
     
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  9. Jan 13, 2020 at 12:09 PM
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    Too Stroked

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    It's even worse when you think of how many times I've swapped out bulbs. Other than @crashnburn80, I doubt anybody has as much time invested in swapping bulbs in search of better lighting than me. That's why I was so pissed off that I couldn't get the damn clip back in. Of course it's a lot easier when your fingers actually bend ...
     
  10. Jan 13, 2020 at 12:52 PM
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    jungleman

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    Just did a bulb on my cuz's car.
    Twist and remove
    Align plastic tabs on new bulb
    Push in and twist
    9006 hb4 bulb

    Hate that stupid metal clip on our bulbs!
     

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