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isaac Aug 23, 6:37pm - #38752 
2001 Absolutely Red Toyota Celica GT
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Lights, Low Beam Headlights (H7) - How To Replace

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Headlights, Low Beams - H7 HALOGEN 55watt

How-To replace the Headlights (Low Beams)
from page 210 of the owners manual:

1) Remove the clips from your engine plastics.
Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to push down on the circle in the center of the plastic clips, this will unlock them. Then use a flat-head screwdriver (or your finger nail) to pop out the clip. To reinstall the clips, push the peg back up and insert the clip, then push the peg down. It makes sense when you try it, or just look in the owners manual.

2) Remove the engine plastics - in doing so, also remove the windshield-washer hose from the notch on the cover.

3) Unplug the headlight electric connector (if the connector is tight, wiggle it).

4) Remove the rubber cover.

5) Release the bulb retaining spring and remove the bulb along with the socket.

Pay careful attention to how the retaining spring works. The driver's side should be easiest to perform. The passenger side may take much longer - In comparison, I find that the passenger side can be difficult to re-clip.

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6) Install new bulb into the socket and return the bulb retaining spring to its original position. (to install a bulb, align the tabs of the bulb with the cutout of the mounting hole)

7) Install the rubber cover with the "TOP" mark upward. Insert the electrical connector.
(make sure the rubber cover fits snugly on the connector and the headlight body.

Aiming is not necessary after replacing the bulb. When you believe aiming adjustment is necessary, contact your Toyota dealer

8) The last step is to reinstall the engine plastics
(always notch the windshield washer hose before fastening it when installing the engine plastics. This prevents washer hose damage)
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GT2000 Feb 21, 10:51pm - #38753 
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How do you release the bulb retaining spring. I tried pulling and it wouldn't let up so I didn't want to force it because I might break it. What the motion to remove the clip? Please help!
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isaac Feb 21, 11:50pm - #38754 
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push IN and then UP (or DOWN if working on the opposite side)

its clipped in - just like the clip on the back of a badge
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CorvetteObsessed Dec 17, 12:35am - #38755 
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The right (passenger side) retaining spring is a pain to put back on. I spent only seconds to lock the left (driver's side) retaining spring, but I spent 1/2 an hour trying to get the right retaining spring back in place. Any tips? Should I just remove the whole headlamp assembly?
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isaac Dec 17, 12:38am - #38756 
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CorvetteObsessed, I absolutely agree!

To make things a bit easier, have a friend shine a flashlight through the outside of the assembly - if you look down through the top of the headlamp enclosure, you can view everything a bit more clearly and this install will be a bit less frustrating.
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ReTRD Feb 25, 2:02am - #38757 
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I've replaced my bulbs but the left side doesn't look right when it's on at night.

You mention
"(to install a bulb, align the tabs of the bulb with the cutout of the mounting hole)"

I didn't see how the tabs and the 'mounting hole' match up...will the light fit in even if they're not matched up?

the whole experience didn't go very well...I have seen a newer vehicle with a headlight bulb that was more difficult to replace.

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X_Factor Feb 26, 1:43am - #38758 
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Anyone else use the Nokya bulbs?? I just installed them and their fitment is terrible. The factory bulbs used 2 tabs as the Nokya only uses one, there is way too much play for the bulbs to move around. I 'd return them but I've got one original burned out and the local Nazis have ticketed me twice so far for it being out.

Anyone else have a similar problem with these bulbs and had any problems with them flopping around or have a solution to getting them to fit better? Or know of a better bulb with better fitment?
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isaac Feb 26, 4:42am - #38759 
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X_Factor, turn the bulb right-side-up and you will not have that problem. you may be trying to install the light bulb upside-down. Or your problem could simply be that you have not yet moved the black plastic H7 Bulb Adapter from your old bulb to the new one. The plastic bulb adapter just unplugs from the old bulb. See #6 in this image

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dbmolester Nov 3, 11:18am - #450334 
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I just finished replacing the passenger side low beam. Even with the helpful images, it took me an hour. Here's what I've learned.

Before installing the new bulb, practice hooking the wire clip in the slot first. This is a hard enough task without the new bulb being in the way.

1. Disconnect the power steering fluid reservoir, using a flat-head to disengage the retaining clip from the outside of the housing. I gained half an inch of precious work-space from doing so.

2. Wedge your head between the Hood and the Hood support rod, resting your left ear just above the shock/spring housing. With a flashlight, you can barely see the slot groove with your left eye.

3. Grab the end of the spring clip with your right thumb, squeezing it towards the engine first, then towards the front bumper, then finally towards the ground. Although it feels nothing like it, it looks as if your trying to grope your girlfriend's left breast from above her left shoulder, while standing in front of her. Like with the girlfriend, it doesn't take a lot of force if it's done right. Repeat it a couple of times to get a good feel.

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4. Try doing the same with the new bulb in.

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CaffeineKid Nov 3, 11:41am - #450335 

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An item that may come in handy and can be found for about $5 (or less) in the tool section of your local Home Depot or Sears parts center is a "Mechanic's Mirror" or otherwise named, "Inspection Mirror"

They are very useful to slide in to a tight spot, to get a better view of the backside of different components.

EDIT: A common Men's "Wallet Mirror" or Woman's "Make-up/Compact Mirror" could also work.

· Mechanic's Mirror
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· Inspection Mirror
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