How to replace head lamps in a 1997 Corolla

Tiny
ALFRED COOK
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  • 1997 TOYOTA COROLLA
I need to replace head lamps in 1997 Corolla. I don't a way to remove old lamps unless it has something to do with the clips on the lenses.
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Sunday, October 9th, 2011 AT 2:29 AM

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Tiny
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Open the hood.

On some models it may be necessary to remove the air cleaner duct.

Remove the headlight bezel (trim).

The sealed beam is held in place by a retainer and either 2 or 4 small screws. Identify these screws before applying any tools.

DO NOT confuse the small retaining screws with the larger aiming screws! There will be two aiming screws or adjusters for each lamp. (One adjuster controls the up/down motion and the other controls the left/right motion.) Identify the adjusters and avoid them during removal. If they are not disturbed, the new headlamp will be in identical aim to the old one.

Using a small screwdriver (preferably magnetic) and a pair of taper-nose pliers if necessary, remove the small screws in the headlamp retainer. DON'T drop the screws.

Remove the retainer and the headlamp may be gently pulled free from its mounts. Detach the connector (if the connector is tight wiggle it) from the back of the sealed beam unit and remove the unit from the car.

Place the new headlamp in position (single protrusion on the glass face upward) and connect the wiring harness. Remember to install the rubber boot on the back of the new lamp--its a water seal. Make sure the headlight is right-side up.

Turn on the headlights and check the new lamp for proper function, checking both high and low beams before final assembly.

Install the retainer and the small screws that hold it.

Reinstall the headlight bezel.
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Sunday, October 9th, 2011 AT 2:39 AM
Tiny
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The front bumper has to be removed, at least partially for you to get at the lower holding bolts for the headlamp assy. The lenses are non replaceable as they are glued on and the clips are to hold the lens and prevent it from detaching from the housing as the sealants are flexible, at least when new.
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Sunday, October 9th, 2011 AT 4:08 AM

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