How to Change a Headlight Bulb

How to Change a Headlight Bulb

Changing a headlight bulb is one of the most basic things that you can do for a car. However, if you have never changed one, you may be a little bit lost at what to do. Changing the headlight bulbs on most popular Toyota model cars is pretty easy. However, before you can change one out, you have to have the bulb. It is best to go out during the day when you do not need your headlights to pick one up. You are going to need to know the make and model of your car. For example, if you are driving a 1999 Toyota Tacoma, then you will need to look for that. At most auto stores, they will have books by the bulbs so you can look up the bulb that is needed for your type of car. After locating the correct bulb, then you should buy it. Now we will move on to installing your new headlight bulb!

Installing Your New Bulb

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How to Change a Headlight Bulb

The first thing that you need to do is pop open your hood. Use a flashlight to locate the back of the headlight. This is easy to find, because they are just on the reverse side of where they are located on the front of the car. Now at this point, you need to notice, or you will notice that some Toyota models have a back cover to their headlight unit. This is something that is going to require a screwdriver to get it off. To take it off, just locate all of the screws in the back of the backplate, and then take them off. After doing that, you should be able to remove the back plate with ease. Also, on some models of cars you will notice that after removing the backplate, you can see wires that are held in by plastic clips. At this point, you will want to take off that plastic clip and push all of the wiring out of your way. You do not want to mess with any of that. As soon as you move the wiring, the old light bulb will be easily seen.

Removing the light bulb is just like taking a bulb out of a lamp. You can remove it by screwing it to the left. Now take your new bulb out of the package. Put this bulb in and turn it to the right to lock it into place. It is a good idea to test the headlight at this point to make sure that it is working right before you put everything back together. Turn on your car and flip on your lights. Get out to check and make sure that the light came on. After doing that, put your clip back on your wiring and put the back plate back on. Make sure you insert all of the screws that were holding it into place. Make sure you grab all of your tools before closing the hood, and you are done!

A Few Tips and Tricks

How to Change a Headlight Bulb

Even if you have a flashlight, it is best to change your light bulb during the day. It makes it a lot easier to get it done quickly and the right way. Also, make sure that you pick up the bulb before you start work on your car. A lot of people tell you to remove the bulb fist and bring that to the auto shop. However, you will soon notice that this does you no good. Not only that, but you are just going to have to take the back plate off your light an extra time. Simply know the make and model of your car, and go to the auto shop. They have books there, as well as computers, that will tell you which bulb goes in which car.

You will notice that this is not a hard job, and you should be able to get it done with ease. This is not something that you have to take your car to the auto repair shop for. Anyone can change their own lights in their Toyota with this helpful step-by-step guide.

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