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Head light swap question...

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by SilTac10, Apr 23, 2019.

  1. Apr 23, 2019 at 6:15 PM
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    SilTac10

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    If this has been asked already please post the thread and I'll check it out as I've yet to discover a question relating to this.

    I swapped out both head light lamps this evening and can't seem to get the dopey wire spring that secures the bulb to the housing back in place.

    Any references or tips would be greatly appreciated indeed.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. Apr 23, 2019 at 6:21 PM
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    If the lights are installed is very hard to reach in there unless you take the battery and washer fluid out.

    Take em back out and it's easy, except that whole process sucks.
     
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  4. Apr 23, 2019 at 6:24 PM
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    Driver's side was actually simple, took about 5 minutes. Passenger side yes, did take removing the washer fluid basin but that wasn't the difficult bit. I cannot manage to get the wire spring thing back onto the bulb. I'm hoping someone else has had to wrestle with this... or perhaps not.
     
  5. Apr 23, 2019 at 6:26 PM
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    Exactly my first thought but the hook seems to be in place as I used the other side as a reference. I'll definitely look through this and see what I can learn, thank you muchly.
     
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    That being said. Could use a set of replacement headlights altogether if I can't sort this out. Any recommendations? Looking for as near OEM as possible.
     
  7. Apr 23, 2019 at 6:41 PM
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    Absolutely great images but perhaps I'm too dense to figure out the orientation of the wire application. Either way I've screen-shotted this and will definitely use it for reference tomorrow AM. Thank you!
     
  8. Apr 23, 2019 at 7:01 PM
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    When you push on the bail at the red arrow with your finger, the bail pivots at the purple arrow. The bail contacts the bulb at the yellow arrows. The tail at the blue arrow hooks under the molded hook at the green arrow. When you push at the red arrow, you need to then move up or down to release or attach to the molded hook.

    headlight.jpg
     
  9. Apr 27, 2019 at 8:15 PM
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    Much appreciated indeed.
     
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  10. Apr 29, 2019 at 3:42 AM
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    Great pictorial!
     
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