Replacing headlight assembly and aiming it; 2003 Camry

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Old 10 Apr 2009, 03:46 pm   #1 (permalink)
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The original headlight (driver's side)was damaged in an accident. I was
able to remove it because I had to unfasten part of the bumper to
replace the fender and liner.

The new one is anchored at the top by a bolt and at the yellow end by a
pin on the assembly that pushes into a nylon lock on the inside of the
fender. Problem is, with just these two attachment points, the assembly
wiggles because the lower corner just above the bumper isn't fastened to
anything. I don't see any holes for a bolt or some kind of mounting
clip. Maybe I discarded something when removing the damaged one.

Maybe it will become firmly anchored when I fully fasten the bumper. Any
other ideas/suggestions?

Also, how do I aim the assembly? I don't see any adjustment screws.
There is a metal disc, about 1.0" diameter, held in place with one
screw, and with toothed edges. If I twist the screw (which remains in
place just with friction), I can rotate the disc and probable may
up/down adjustments. Is that the only adjustment? Nothing for left/right?

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Ray
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Old 10 Apr 2009, 04:33 pm   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Replacing headlight assembly and aiming it; 2003 Camry

As a followup question, if I just wanted to replace the assembly because
of damage caused by a rock (not an accident involving the bumper or
fender), would I have to unfasten the bumper to remove the assembly?
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Old 11 Apr 2009, 01:17 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Ray K wrote:
> The original headlight (driver's side)was damaged in an accident. I was
> able to remove it because I had to unfasten part of the bumper to
> replace the fender and liner.
>
> The new one is anchored at the top by a bolt and at the yellow end by a
> pin on the assembly that pushes into a nylon lock on the inside of the
> fender. Problem is, with just these two attachment points, the assembly
> wiggles because the lower corner just above the bumper isn't fastened to
> anything. I don't see any holes for a bolt or some kind of mounting
> clip. Maybe I discarded something when removing the damaged one.


Thanks to the Chilton guide for years 2002-2005, I got the answers.

It turns out there is another bolt required, right below where the amber
directional lens starts. Have to remove a couple of bumper (cover)
screws near the tire end so you can lower the cover to see the hole.

> Also, how do I aim the assembly? I don't see any adjustment screws.
> There is a metal disc, about 1.0" diameter, held in place with one
> screw, and with toothed edges. If I twist the screw (which remains in
> place just with friction), I can rotate the disc and probable may
> up/down adjustments. Is that the only adjustment?


That is the adjustment. None separately for left/right.
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Old 11 Apr 2009, 01:20 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Replacing headlight assembly and aiming it; 2003 Camry

Ray K wrote:
> As a followup question, if I just wanted to replace the assembly because
> of damage caused by a rock (not an accident involving the bumper or
> fender), would I have to unfasten the bumper to remove the assembly?


Yes. There are a couple of screws that have to be removed so you can
lower the tire-end of the bumper (actually, the bumper cover) an inch or
so to get at that one bolt on the headlight assembly.
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