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Blown front headlight on a toyota 4runner 1993 hilux 4x4. How do I get to it to change it? Is it a sealed unit or just a bulb replacement?

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In most cars they are just bulbs. On the driver side, if the battery is located on this side, you may need to remove this to get to it. It is a good idea, and suggested to disconnect the battery anyway when dealing with any type of electrical repair.

Once you remove the battery, look behind the headlight and you'llsee the backing of the light, and the back of the bulb socket. There will be two or three wires (usually two) that come out of it.

Turn the socket counter clockwise to unscrew it from the insertion point, and lightly pull out. Do the same for the bulb, or some just pull out and push in.

Put new bulb in, and turn the socket clockwise to tighten in place.

Put battery back in, hooking up the ground first, then the positive. Turn key (or lights on if they work without the key on) and run on headlights.

If it comes on, you're good to go. If not, on some vehicles, when one light goes out, it affects other, however this is usually not common for headlights.

If it does not come on, check the fuse in the fuse box under the dash (or sometimes in the glove compartment) as well as any relays or fuses under the dash in the black box near the battery.

On either the top of the cover for both fuse locations, or the inside of the cover you will see a diagram indicating which fuse is linked to certain components. Find any that are linked to the headlamps (headlights) and other lighting components, i.e. turn signals, tail lights, etc as each will sometimes have seperate fuses, but the wiring is linked at some point.

Please let me know if you need further assistance.


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