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2002 Rav4 headlight assembly is loose

Head light assembly shakes and moves when hitting bumps. can move the assembly with hand

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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.

Posted on Oct 02, 2009


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