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Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by ENIGMA206, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. Nov 22, 2011 at 4:15 AM
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    ENIGMA206

    ENIGMA206 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I'm fixing to hit the road for a long trip. I noticed a few minutes ago that one of my headlights is burned out. Is that an easy bulb replacement? Can I just pick one up at Discount Auto or is that a dealer-only item? Does the whole assembly need to come out or will it just unplug from the housing? Sorry, it's still dark and I couldn't see what needs to be done and I'm running out of time. Thanks.
     
  2. Nov 22, 2011 at 4:28 AM
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    Yeah, auto parts thing. It's an H4 halogen bulb and just has a clip that holds bulb into housing. It's a few minutes to swap. Pull the wiring clip off bulb, pull rubber boot donut thing off housing then you'll see the little paper clip looking thing that unhooks on one side and swings out of way. Bulb will come right out. There is an indented spot where bulb sits in then just reclip it, put boot back on then wiring clip back on. That's it.
     
  3. Nov 22, 2011 at 4:33 AM
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    I just replaced mine not too long ago. Pretty quick, but you might get slowed up if you haven't seen how the clip works because it is hard to see from the engine bay. Also the passenger side was a pain because I couldn't fit my hand between the headlight and the washer fluid resevoir. I had to loosen up a few of the bolts holding the headlight housing in place.
     
  4. Nov 22, 2011 at 4:37 AM
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    Easy to do except when its 10 degrees outside, not an issue where you are :)
    Walmart sells a two pack.
    I usually replace both of them for the second one always goes
    I also think it is in the manual how to do it as a heads up.
     
  5. Nov 22, 2011 at 5:51 AM
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    It's an easy swap if you have small hands. I've found that unbolting the windshield washer resevior makes it a lot easier. Don't touch the bulb or it will burn out very very quickly. Either be extremely careful or wear nitrile gloves.
     
  6. Nov 22, 2011 at 6:19 AM
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    DO NOT TOUCH THE BULB! Hold it by the base or you will have another burnt out bulb.
     
  7. Nov 22, 2011 at 6:46 AM
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    Thanks for the info. Great, big hands and the passenger side. Oh well, better get at it. Thanks again.
     
  8. Nov 22, 2011 at 6:48 AM
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    Unplug the plug first. Then pull the rubber boot completely off. There's a little tab you can grab to pull it off. It will be easier to "feel" for the clip and remove the bulb.
     
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