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How to Change Headlights in a Toyota Celica

by Carl Pruit

The Toyota Celica headlights feature unique opalescent designs to give the headlight its characteristic blue/violet coloring. This provides the driver with a much sharper and clearer view of the roadway. Toyota provides three headlight options for you to choose from, depending on your regular driving environment. Bulbs are available for standard everyday driving, mountain or rural driving and for driving in the fog. The Toyota headlights feature a simple plug-in technology, allowing you to replace them in less than a half hour.

Unfasten the battery cables on the Toyota Celica with an open end wrench and remove the battery from the engine compartment. Set the cables aside so that they do not come into contact with each other or any metal parts.

Remove the coolant and water containers that are in the engine compartment near the front of the motor by undoing the brackets that are holding them in place with a socket wrench and moving the containers aside. They only need to be moved enough to provide you access to the area behind the headlamps and do not need to be drained.

Locate the headlight plug on the back of the headlight and turn the plug 1/4 turn counter-clockwise to loosen the plug. Then pull it straight back to detach it from the headlight.

Locate the clip on the side of the plug and push it in and up to detach the old headlight bulb. Take the old bulb out of the plug and place the new bulb in the plug using a clean cloth to handle the bulb.

Push the new bulb in to the plug and turn it until you hear the clip lock into place. Insert the plug into the back of the headlight assembly and turn it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure the plug.

Repeat this procedure with the other headlight bulb and then move the coolant and water containers into place and secure then to the vehicle. Put the Toyota Celica battery back in the engine compartment and reattach the battery cables.

Warning

  • Never touch the headlight bulb directly with your hands. The oils on your skin can cause the bulbs to burn out prematurely.

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About the Author

Carl Pruit has been a freelance writer since 2005, specializing in service journalism and travel. His work has appeared on various websites. Born and raised in California, Pruit attended Contra Costa Community College in San Pablo, Calif. and received an associate degree in the administration of justice.

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