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Is the headlamp outer lens cover removable?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Glenn54, May 4, 2014.

  1. May 4, 2014 at 8:38 PM
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    Glenn54

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    (2001 SR5 4x4) I see a lot of dust build up inside of my Headlights and was wondering if the lens cover can be removed to clean inside of them or are they self sealed?
     
  2. May 4, 2014 at 10:22 PM
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    yes they can be removed. just a few bolts/screw/clips
     
  3. May 5, 2014 at 12:49 AM
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    2001-2004 headlight assemblies can be removed with "just a few bolts/screw/clips", but I don't think they're designed to be disassembled (for internal cleaning). With the exception of the holes in which the bulbs are installed, I believe they're sealed units.

    For ~$30/ea (http://www.amazon.com/TYC-20-6074-00-Toyota-Headlight-Assembly/dp/B000H8U5YQ/ and http://www.amazon.com/TYC-20-6073-00-Passenger-Headlight-Assembly/dp/B000H8W16G/), however, you can simply replace them. I did several years ago, and I remain very pleased.
     
  4. May 5, 2014 at 12:51 AM
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    Yup, the headlights themselves are completely sealed.

    Only way to remove the lens is by heating it up in an oven or with a heat gun.

    Like Steve said, might as well just replace them.
     
  5. May 5, 2014 at 7:13 AM
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    Thanks for the link.. now they are in my basket. :)
     
  6. May 5, 2014 at 9:00 AM
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    Thanks guys. I saw what looked like metal retaining clips holding the lens cover on and hoped it would be possible. The Amazon one looks good :)
     
  7. May 6, 2014 at 4:43 AM
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    Preheat oven to 325. Put a few 2x4s in and set the headlights on top. Bake for 6 min.
     

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