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change headlight bulb

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by SupremeDeluxe, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. Mar 28, 2012 at 7:11 AM
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    How do you change the low beam headlight bulb? The one on my driver's side is out, is there a sticky or write up on all this? I hope this is a quick fix. Thanks.
     
  2. Mar 28, 2012 at 7:20 AM
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    You need a new headlight bulb, you can't change just the low beam. go to a local auto parts store, get a pair of H4 bulbs and replace the bulb. DO NOT TOUCH THE GLASS! You should probably replace both bulbs, if one blew, the other probably isn't too far behind.

    To change the bulb, unplug the plug at the back of the headlight (the one going to the headlight bulb), remove the rubber boot, release the retainer clip holding the bulb in place (note the bulb orientation so you install the new bulb the same way) and do the reverse with the new bulb. I've found it helpful to remove the battery and unbolt the windshield washer fluid reservior to give more room behind the headlight. Otherwise, you need tiny hands for the install.
     
  3. Mar 28, 2012 at 12:29 PM
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    to help not touch the bulb, wouldn't be a bad idea to use a disposable glove, GL
     
  4. Mar 28, 2012 at 9:26 PM
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    I have an 11 the lights are the same on the 05 no? All I did was unplug the bulbs then twisted counter clockwise(I'm pretty sure counter clockwise) and they slide right out. Reverse steps for installing.
     
  5. Mar 28, 2012 at 9:53 PM
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    hmm i guess they designed them differently, never knew that, cause mine has the rubber boot and the retainer clip as well, no turning for me
     
  6. Mar 28, 2012 at 9:55 PM
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    05'-11' s should be the same but I dont think you need to turn them.
    Same here, I just had the metal wire retainer clip that snaps into place and holds the bulb, no turning for me neither.
     
  7. Mar 28, 2012 at 9:57 PM
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    maybe NIGHT is talking bout fog light?
     
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    If thats the case then yes, with the fog lights you do need to twist to get those off.
     
  9. Mar 29, 2012 at 5:34 AM
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    All of the other bulbs just twist and pop out (fogs, marker lights and I believe the turn signals), the headlights are the only ones that use a retainer clip and a rubber boot. I wish they just twisted in, they'd be a lot easier to install!
     
  10. Mar 29, 2012 at 6:24 AM
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    Must be, changed them out a while ago. Sorry about that.
     
  11. Mar 29, 2012 at 6:33 AM
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    As Pugga said, change them both. Nothing is worse than changing one and losing the other a week later. If you touch the glass with your bare hands clean the bulb really good with an alcohol wipe or similar but the best method is to wear some gloves.
     
  12. Mar 29, 2012 at 3:01 PM
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    this might be just me, but I wouldn't change both, i know the rational is that they have both been on the same amount of time, and life should be similar, but our headlight bulbs can last for a lot of years, and the process is really simple, i think it would just be a waste, it could be another 5 years or so til that other bulb blows :notsure:
     
  13. Mar 29, 2012 at 3:03 PM
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    Nothing is worse than that? :laugh:

    It takes under a minute to change a bulb. I'd just change one. I had one go out and the other one lasted another year.
     
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    It is more for piece of mind than anything. If both bulbs have been through the same lifespan and one fails chances are great that unless the failure is due to something other than normal usage the other will fail soon. It is not about if it's about when and where.
     
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    I'm with ya! You're there anyway changing one might as well as change both. Halogen bulbs don't have that long of lifespan anyway. And its just annoying to have one go out while you're out and about. I hate when people only have 1 head light or tail/brake light :goingcrazy:
     
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    If it's been a few years and one just blows (no water in the housing and not caused by an impact) then I'll replace both. If the dipstick Toyota engineer didn't put the battery right behind one headlight and the windshield washer reserior behind the other one, then I'd wait til the other one blew because I'd be able to change it on the road. With the crappy way our engine bays are set up, I can't change the headlight bulbs in the dark on the road. I see your point though. I usually swap the both and keep the one that was working in my glove box as a spare if I ever really needed it.
     
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    When changing a headlight on my 2005 Tacoma the retaining clip fell off, and I can't figure how to put it back on. There is a video online showing a Toyota headlight change that shows the clip being captured by a screw head. In that video the hinge portion of the clip is narrow, and mine is wide. There appears to be a boss with an undercut that should retain the clip, but I cannot get the clip to stay on when I try to lock the clip on the other end.

    Any advice? Pictures of the installation would be really helpful.
     
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