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How to Change a Headlight Bulb on a Toyota

Replacing a headlight bulb is the most basic thing that you can do for your own car. Anyhow, if you have never changed a headlight bulb in your life, you may be a little bit lost at what to do with it. Replacing the faulty headlight bulbs on a very famous Toyota car is not difficult. Before you can replace one out, you need to have the bulb. It is best to go out in the sunshine when you do not need your car's headlights to pick one up. You need to know the maker and the model of your vehicle. For example, if you are having a 2001 Toyota Corolla, then you will need to look for that. At almost all auto stores, they will have books and photo albums by the headlight bulb so you can look up the right bulb that you need for your type of vehicle. After finding the exact bulb what you need, then you should get it. Now we can move towards the installation of your car's new headlight bulb!

Installation Of Your Car's New Headlight Bulb

You need to pop open the hood of your car and this is the first most things that you need to do. You can use a torch light to find the back of car's headlight. This is very easy to find, because they are on the back side of where they are located on the front of your vehicle. At this point of time, you need to observe, or you will observe that some Toyota made vehicles have a protecting cover of the back of their headlight unit. This is what requires a screwdriver to remove it. Just find all of the screws on the back plate, and then remove them all in order to reach the headlight bulb. After removing the screws, you should be able to take off the back plate easily. On some models of the cars you will observe that after taking off the back plate, here you can see many wires that are corked up in by plastic clips. At this moment, you will need to remove that plastic clip away and push all of the wires out of your way. You do not want to deal with any of that. As soon as you move all the wires, the dead headlight bulb will be seen.

Removing your car's headlight bulb is as easy as taking a bulb out of a lamp. You can easily remove it by squeezing it to the left side. Now take your new bulb and put this bulb in and move it to the right side to lock it. 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 the ignition switch of your car and turn the lights on. Now come out from your car to make it sure that the light are on. After ensuring that the lights are on and fixed properly, put the plastic clip back on wiring and put the back plate back onto its place. Make it sure that you insert all of the screws. Make sure that you picked all of your tools before closing the hood of your car, and here you have completed your changing headlight bulb task!

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