How To Change The Headlight Bulbs In Your Toyota Camry

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2007 Camry Headlight CC Image courtesy of Stefano A on Flickr

2007 Camry Headlight CC Image courtesy of Stefano A on Flickr

If you’re a little lucky, upkeep costs on your Toyota Camry should be pretty modest. That’s why it’s the best-selling car in North America. Maintenance such as oil changes, new air filters, and replacing worn brake pads are all fairly easy. Another way to save money on car repair costs is to replace your own headlight bulbs.

It’s fairly simple — virtually no tools required.

The first thing you need to get are some new headlight bulbs. Consult your owner’s manual for the specific bulb(s) required. There are low-beam and high-beam bulbs (a total of four bulbs for your car). You could probably choose from a variety of aftermarket bulbs with different filaments, colors, and intensities. Just make sure you get the right kind. You’ll also need a pair of clean cotton gloves. Many bulbs (particularly halogen) overheat when handled by bare hands because the natural oils on your skin can coat the bulbs, preventing them from releasing heat efficiently.

Once you’ve got your new bulbs, you’re ready to go.

Make sure the car is off, the transmission in park, and the keys are out of the ignition. Open the hood, and find the headlight assembly (on either side). If you’re only replacing the low- or high-beams, then make sure you’re working on the correct one.

The bulbs simply screw into the headlight assembly. Remove the bulb and connector from the rear of the headlight assembly by turning it (carefully) counterclockwise. Unplug the bulb from the electrical connector. If you discard the bulb, be careful because it might shatter and release harmful materials. It’s best to recycle used bulbs in your local recycling center than carelessly tossing them into the trash.

Now re-attach the new headlight bulb to the electrical wire. Make sure to wear the clean cotton gloves when handling and installing the new bulb. Then, screw the new bulb clockwise into the headlight assembly. Be sure to replace both sides, driver and passenger. And if you’re replacing the high- and low-beams, make sure not to get them confused.

Test your headlight bulb replacement job by turning the ignition on and, on a level surface, aiming the headlights at a flat wall or garage door to ensure they’re working and pointing in the correct positions.

That’s it! If you have any questions about how Toyota Camry headlights work, leave them in the comments below. You can subscribe to ChiltonDIY for your Toyota Camry’s specific model and year to find instructions, images, and specific tips from our certified expert technicians on Camry maintenance and repair.  Find out everything Toyota with our DIY Repair Manual!

One Response to “How To Change The Headlight Bulbs In Your Toyota Camry”

  1. Tom says:

    Hard to remove the rubber seal in back of headlamp to access bulb. 2000 camry solara.

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