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Old 07 Oct 2005, 11:13 pm   #1 (permalink)
Kunal
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Hi Guys,

My 94 Camry LE 4 cyl has 3 problems. I will describe all 3 in separate
threads so that I can track them easily.

First problem is that the left headlight (lower) does not work. The
upper one does work. I wonder if this is a DIY kinda of a job, i.e. to
replace the bulb. What all tools would I need and how do I go about it?
Reference to any website will also be fine.

I am not much of a DIY kinda guy, however I can manage small things
like topping-off the oil or changing the wheel.

Thanks,
-Kunal

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Old 08 Oct 2005, 07:25 am   #2 (permalink)
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Kunal, 10/8/2005,12:13:24 AM, wrote:

> Hi Guys,
>
> My 94 Camry LE 4 cyl has 3 problems. I will describe all 3 in separate
> threads so that I can track them easily.
>
> First problem is that the left headlight (lower) does not work. The
> upper one does work. I wonder if this is a DIY kinda of a job, i.e. to
> replace the bulb. What all tools would I need and how do I go about
> it? Reference to any website will also be fine.
>
> I am not much of a DIY kinda guy, however I can manage small things
> like topping-off the oil or changing the wheel.
>
> Thanks,
> -Kunal


The headlamp has two filaments. One is bad. From inside the engine
compartment unscrew the retaining ring that holds the plug on the
headlamp. Pull the headlamp out of the light assembly and take to to
the car parts store for a replacement. Don't touch the glass on the
new one when you put it back in.

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Old 08 Oct 2005, 10:20 am   #3 (permalink)
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Those headlights take halogen bulbs.
9005 for the high beam and 9006 for the low beam
The Owner's manual shows how to change all the bulbs and fuses.
If you didn't get one with the car, check eBay. Contains lots of
general information you should have. Probably you can find one for
perhaps $5.
On the left (US driver) side, you're going to find the battery is close
making access limited.
It isn't difficult, just a bit tricky.
If you change the bulbs in pairs, or just try removing the other
(right) side for practice, you'll see how they work.
First, press in on the small retaining tab on the electrical connector
while pulling back to release the wires.
Then just turn the plastic collar until it stops and pull straight back
to remove.
If it doesn't turn, try turning the other direction.
Halogen bulbs get really hot during operation, so no oils from your
fingers can remain on the glass part of the bulb - just be sure not to
touch the glass part of the pressurized bulb when handling, and handle
it gently to avoid any shocks to the glass.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
If you just got this car 6 months ago, the headlight is burned out,
driver's window sticks, some of the door locks don't work, and you want
to keep this car for a long time, there are a number of other things
you should check.
Mostly fluid levels and condition:
engine oil
transmission fluid
power steering fluid
differential fluid
brake fluid
-------all of these can be changed if dirty, and will help save expense
later - transmission and power steering pumps or racks are expensive.
Brake parts are less costly, but will last longer and be safer if the
fluid is flushed every few years.
Basic service interval on those is 60,000 miles, so at 60k multiples
you'd be checking (changing) the timing belt, water pump, gaskets, and
seals, plus spark plugs - plus those fluids.

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Old 08 Oct 2005, 10:26 am   #4 (permalink)
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Those headlights take halogen bulbs.
9005 for the high beam and 9006 for the low beam
The Owner's manual shows how to change all the bulbs and fuses.
If you didn't get one with the car, check eBay. Contains lots of
general information you should have. Probably you can find one for
perhaps $5.
On the left (US driver) side, you're going to find the battery is close
making access limited.
It isn't difficult, just a bit tricky.
If you change the bulbs in pairs, or just try removing the other
(right) side for practice, you'll see how they work.
First, press in on the small retaining tab on the electrical connector
while pulling back to release the wires.
Then just turn the plastic collar until it stops and pull straight back
to remove.
If it doesn't turn, try turning the other direction.
Halogen bulbs get really hot during operation, so no oils from your
fingers can remain on the glass part of the bulb - just be sure not to
touch the glass part of the pressurized bulb when handling, and handle
it gently to avoid any shocks to the glass.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
If you just got this car 6 months ago, the headlight is burned out,
driver's window sticks, some of the door locks don't work, and you want
to keep this car for a long time, there are a number of other things
you should check.
Mostly fluid levels and condition:
engine oil
transmission fluid
power steering fluid
differential fluid
brake fluid
-------all of these can be changed if dirty, and will help save expense
later - transmission and power steering pumps or racks are expensive.
Brake parts are less costly, but will last longer and be safer if the
fluid is flushed every few years.
Basic service interval on those is 60,000 miles, so at 60k multiples
you'd be checking (changing) the timing belt, water pump, gaskets, and
seals, plus spark plugs - plus those fluids.
~~~~~~~
Course, if you don't care about vehicle maintenance, you can just drive
the car 'til it stops, and as long as the timing belt doesn't break,
they tend to be fairly tolerant of abuse also. (let the oil drip,
brakes grind into the rotors, engine miss on worn plugs or wires)
But properly cared for, those can be one of the best cars you ever
owned.

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Old 09 Oct 2005, 12:02 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks guys. I will try out your suggestions next weekend. It has been
raining continuously this weekend and I don't have a shade of my own.

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Old 16 Oct 2005, 08:00 pm   #6 (permalink)
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I changed the light bulb. It was a breeze. Did not need to disconnect
the battery. Got a Sylvania $10 bulb from Advance Auto parts.

Thanks everyone for all your advice.

-kunal

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