If you made a list of the safety equipment in your Toyota Camry, chances are the headlights would not be high on the list. However, they are very important. They let you see the road ahead and alert other motorists to your presence when it is dark out. From time to time, you need to replace your headlight bulbs. Learn more below about how and when to do this.
When Do You Need To Change the Headlight Bulbs?
Depending on the year your Camry was made, it may have one of a few different types of headlight bulbs. Some lights will get dim when they begin to get old. This should be visible if you are in a dark area. It can also be easier to see from the outside of the car. Check your light’s status from time to time.
All older Camrys use halogen lights. These typically last 1,000 hours but slowly dim over time. Older headlights may lose as much as 20% of their brightness in two years. More modern models may still use halogen lights but will be less affected by dimming.
Some of the newest models of Camry use LED lights. These can last up to 50,000 hours and will rarely need replacing. Other models have featured HID or Xenon lights. These can last around 2,000 hours.
If you aren’t certain what type of headlights your Camry has, try using the VIN lookup tool at your favorite auto parts store. This will help you find the right parts for your vehicle.
How Do You Replace the Headlight Bulb?
Replacing the headlight bulb on a Camry is easy. However, the exact steps may vary slightly depending on the model year and trim package you have. Consult your owner’s manual for exact instructions.
Start by opening the hood and locating the headlight assembly. You should be able to see a cable leading to the back of the headlight. On most versions of the Camry, there are two lights: a main headlight and a high-beam light. Some modern versions of the car only have a single light used for both purposes.
To remove the existing headlight bulb, turn the bulb assembly and the cable counterclockwise. After about a quarter turn, the assembly should lift straight out. The bulb assembly and is connected to the power cable with a small button, press this to release. Put the new bulb assemble in its place and reconnect it by tightening clockwise. Your Camry now has new headlight bulbs.
Replacing the full headlight assembly is also easy but rarely necessary. Simply disconnect the bulbs, unscrew the headlight assembly and lift it out.
Finding the Right Headlights
Now that you know how to replace a headlight on a Toyota Camry, you are ready to get started. First, you will need to buy the right headlights. Consult your owner’s manual to find the appropriate part. Alternatively, use a VIN lookup tool to check for the right parts. These tools can interpret your make, model, year and trim based on the VIN. It is the easiest way to buy the right part.