How do I Change Prius Fog Lamps?by Rex Molder
The Toyota Prius hybrid automobile comes equipped with a set of auxiliary fog lights. The fog lights are mounted low, beneath the marker lights, to illuminate the road when fog is present. When the car's low beam headlights are turned on, drivers can turn on the car's fog lights, using a lever on the left side of the steering wheel. The lever also controls the regular headlights. The fog lights will not operate in the high beam mode.
Remove the engine under-cover from below the fog light you need to change. The cover is secured with bolt on the front side and a plastic clip on the outer-rear of the cover. To remove the clip, reach into the front wheel well and grasp the clip. Depress it, and push it down out of the cover.
Reach up through the space the cover conceals, and grasp the fog light electrical connector. Depress the plastic retainer clip on the outside of the connector, and pull the connector off the fog light socket.
Rotate the fog light bulb socket counterclockwise to release it from the fog light housing, and pull the socket and bulb out of the housing.
Pull the old bulb straight out of the housing, and insert the new bulb.
Insert the bulb and socket into the fog light housing, and turn it clockwise to lock it into place.
Reconnect the electrical connections.
Replace the under-cover. Replace the bolt, and push the clip up through the hole, locking it into place.
- Toyota: 2010 Toyota Prius Owner's Manual: page 479
Things You'll Need
- Socket set
- Replacement bulbs (55W halogen H11 bulb)
- Make sure the ignition is turned to the "Off" position to avoid shocks and shorts.
Rex Molder began writing professionally in 1999 and specializes in automotive, technology and travel articles. His articles have appeared at iPad- and SEO-related websites. Rex holds a Bachelor of Arts in Asian studies from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.