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Removing headlight assembly on a 2002 Toyota RAV4

How do you remove the headlight assembly on a 2002 Toyota RAV4? The top 2 screws are obvious. It appears that it is also attached in at least one other location on the lower half of the assembly but I cannot tell where nor do I see a screw or tab.

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How to remove front headlight assembly


1 Open the RAV4's hood. Locate the back of the headlight assembly, just behind the headlight. You should see a ring-shaped plastic cover.

  • 2 Turn the locking plastic ring clockwise about 1/2 inch and it should pop off.
  • 3 Remove the rubber grommet covering back of the headlight. Simply pull it out of the headlight assembly.
  • 4 Depress the spring latch holding the bulb in place behind the headlight. This is a wire latch that looks somewhat like a bent paper clip. Press it down and move it to the side, away from the light bulb. It should come free and flip open, freeing the bulb.
  • 5 Disconnect the light bulb from the plug. Replace it with the new light bulb, and replace the latch and rubber grommet. Replace the plastic ring cover and turn your headlights on to ensure proper installation.

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    Aug 07, 2011 | 2003 Toyota RAV4

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    I'm having a problem removing the headlight assembly from my 2004 chrysler crossfire, i've removed the 2 screws from the top and removed 1 from below through the wheel well, are there two screws...

    Last I checked Chrysler had changed it's headlight mounting from external screws to just the two adjusting screws. Looking down from the top, you should be able to see two Torx head screws that are used to adjust the headlight assembly. The remove teh head light assembly you remove those and the assembly should come right out. Both of these screws or adjusters will be 6 to 8 inches long. I hope your not removing this to change the headlight it self. Chrysler has been using the insert bulbs for several generations and to replace the bulb you only have to unlock the collar on the back of the light assembly and pull and then replace the bulb.

    May 14, 2011 | 2004 Chrysler Crossfire

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    How to remove headlamp assambly in a volvo s60 2002


    This should be fairly simple,one may have to remove the grille.

    • Remove trimmings on the front bumper cover to allow access to the bolt for removal of the front bumper. The trimming can be removed simply by prying the trimming from the center of the bumper cover using a Philips screw driver.
    • After removing the 2 bolts on the bumper cover, you may open the hood and remove the plastic fasteners on the top of the bumper.
    • To remove the plastic fastener, simply depress the center until click. Do not press too far or the fastener will be damaged.
    • Turn the Torx screw in the wheel well counter clockwise to loosen the catch plate on the bumper. Lift the bumper cover over the catch plate and push the bumper cover forward. This completes the removal of the front bumper cover.
    • To remove the headlight assembly, you will need to loosen the bolt on the retainer near the wheel well. You will then remove the 4 bolts that hold the headlight assembly.
    • There is one bolt on the side of the headlight assembly. Two bolts on top and one at the corner of the lens. They all have the same size bolt.
    • In order to remove the headlight assembly, after removing the bolts, the headlight harness needs to be removed.
    • The next step is to remove the trimming on the lens and removing the clips that hold the lens in place. There are 4 clips. One clips on each side.
    • Once the clips are removed, the lens can be pry open with screw driver. You may want to heat the edge to soften the glue or use an utility knife to scrape the edge. Be extra careful, as the glass can be very sharp if shattered. Please also wear protective gear such as safety goggle and gloves. After this, just reverse the steps to put the headlight back together.
    Take care and good luck

    Nov 06, 2010 | 2002 Volvo S60

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    Removing and reinstalling a new headlight assembly in a 95 jeep grand cheerokee

    LIGHTING Headlights REMOVAL & INSTALLATION Cherokee, Wagoneer and Comanche Models Fig. 1: Remove the top corner headlight bezel mounting screw 91076p12.jpg
    Fig. 2: To access the turn signal bulb or headlight bezel mounting screws, remove the 2 turn signal housing retaining screws 91076p13.jpg
    Fig. 3: After removing the turn signal housing from the headlight bezel, remove the 2 bezel mounting screws . . . 91076p27.jpg
    Fig. 4: . . . then carefully pull the headlight bezel away from the headlight assembly 91076p11.jpg
    Fig. 5: Remove the 4 headlight assembly retaining ring screws . . . 91076p07.jpg
    Fig. 6: . . . then pull the retaining ring off of the headlight assembly 91076p06.jpg
    Fig. 7: Pull the headlight assembly away from the vehicle just far enough to disengage the electrical connector from behind the headlight 91076p28.jpg
    1. Remove the headlamp bezel and retaining ring attaching screws. Remove the bezel and retaining ring.
    2. Pull the headlight out, disconnect the wire harness and remove the headlight from the vehicle.
    3. Install the headlight in the reverse order of removal.
    Grand Cherokee and Grand Wagoneer Models
    1. Open the hood, reach into the engine compartment and locate the lock ring supporting the bulb assembly.
    2. Rotate the lock ring 1?8 turn counterclockwise and pull the bulb straight out from the housing. To install:
    3. Install a new bulb and position the bulb assembly in the lamp housing.
    4. Rotate the lock ring 1?8 turn clockwise to secure.
    The Grand Cherokee will have an assembly that is fastened with bolts and screws to the body.
    Get the new assembly and compare to the old one to see where to unfasten the bolts and other fasteners to aid in removing quickly.

    Oct 08, 2010 | 1995 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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    How do you replace rear tail light assembly?

    Open the trunk and along the bottom of the tail light, there should be a Philips screw securing a cover piece. (your car may or may not have this piece)
    With the cover off, there will be another 2 screws securing the bottom of the tail light assembly. Remove the screws and pull the bottom out and the top is held in by two retainers that should just slide right out

    Oct 13, 2009 | 2001 Toyota RAV4

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    2002 Rav4 headlight assembly is loose

    Loose screws/bolts.

    Normally the opposite is the case as in the nuts and bolts and screws won't free up when accessing/ changing the assembly for any reason.

    Consult your owners manual, and if that is of no help to you, get a Haynes manual from your local library for your vehicle.

    The "how to tighten" will be in there.

    Oct 02, 2009 | 2002 Toyota RAV4

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    How to change the side marker light in the main light assembly

    try unbolting the light housing end removing it as a whole you will be able to get at it alot easier and you can take it up through the top

    May 30, 2009 | 2002 Toyota RAV4

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    Adjusting headlights in 1996-2000 rav 4

    The adjustment screws/nuts should be located either on the top of the headlamp assembly, behind the headlamp assembly, or near the frame rail by the radiator support.

    You will have vertical adjustment screws for each independent beam (separate highs and separate lows, but will be same screw if highs and lows are the same bulb). You may also have additional horizontal adjustment screws as well

    Park your car on a level ground 30 feet from a wall and measure the height from the ground to the bulb and mark on a wall (do this for highs beams and low beams if the bulbs are separate, if highs and lows are the same bulb, only do it for the lows)

    For Low Beams: If the headlights read VOR, then aim the brightest part or cutoff part just below the mark on the wall. If it says VOL or nothing, aim them 2 inches below the mark on the wall.

    For High Beams (if separate from low beams): Aim the headlight directly at the line you marked on the wall.

    Mar 03, 2009 | 1999 Toyota RAV4

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    How do I remove Head Light assembly on my 1999 Lexus RX 300

    After removing the top and side bolts (which are obvious) Go to the fender liner. Remove all but the top screw . You will find (by flashlight or shop light) two bolts coming out of the headlight rear. With a socket wrench and 10mm socket, remove the two nuts on the headlight and pull out the headlight from the front after insuring the bulbs are removed and identified for reinstall. Take your time. It is not difficult.

    Dec 27, 2008 | 1999 Lexus RX 300

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    Process to get to tail light bulb for replacement on 99 rav4. Do you have to remove the paneling in the rear compartment?

    Well, this is rather embarassing but I simple decided to look through the owners manual thinking that they usually don't contain that sort of thing and there I found. Pictures and a description of the process. Very simple...remove a phillips screw to remove a small plate covering the 2 screws that hold the tail light assembly in place. Remove the 2 screws and pull our the assembly and replace the bulb. Duh....I thought with Toyota engineering, they wouldn't make replacing a bulb a major project. Thanks for checking back....Allen

    Aug 05, 2008 | 1999 Toyota RAV4

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