How to Change the Headlight Bulb in Toyota Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

Your Toyota car headlights are important for illuminating your path when you drive in low light. The headlights also provide a way for other drivers to see your van on the road at night. When a bulb burns out, you should replace it right away for your own safety. The headlights on a Toyota car do not require any tools to change, and can be done in your own driveway. Buy replacement bulbs from an auto parts shop or Toyota car dealership.

Under The Hood:

 How to Change the Headlight Bulb in a Toyota Previa

Open the hood of your Toyota Previa. Locate the rear of the headlight assembly just inside the engine compartment.

Reach behind the headlight assembly and turn the black retaining ring counterclockwise to remove it. It should only turn ¼-turn before it releases. Pull the headlight bulb straight out of the assembly and disconnect the wiring harness from the socket.

Insert the new headlight bulb and connect the wiring harness. Reinstall the retaining ring and twist it ¼-turn clockwise to secure the bulb in the assembly.

Repeat the process for the headlight on the other side of your Previa. Test your lights to be sure they are functioning as intended.

 How to Change a Headlight Bulb in a 2000 Toyota Sienna

Open the2000 Sienna's hood by releasing the latch. Prop the hood up so you can free your hands.

Find the light that needs to be replaced and look for a wire connector on the back of the bulb retainer.

Pull the wire out from the bulb. If it is difficult to remove, wiggle the wire from side to side as you pull.

Remove the rubber cover.

Release the spring on the retainer and pull out the bulb.

Align the new bulb correctly in the mounting hole and insert.

Put the rubber cover back on, making sure to keep the "Top Pull" label on top.

Reattach the wire connector and close the hood.

 How to Replace the Headlight Bulb in a 2001 Toyota Corolla

Raise the hood of your Corolla, and rest the hood on the support rod to keep it out of the way.

Locate the wiring harness connected to the headlight bulb just inside the Corolla's engine compartment. Pull the wiring connection straight off the back of the bulb while pushing in on the locking tab.

Twist the retaining ring counterclockwise to remove it from the bulb assembly. Pull the bulb assembly back out of the headlight compartment. Twist the bulb counterclockwise to remove it.

Disconnect the socket from the rear of the bulb. Press the retaining clip and pull the socket connection straight off the bulb.

Press the bulb into the socket until the spring clip clicks to let you know it is secure. Insert the new bulb into the headlight assembly, and turn it clockwise to secure it in the assembly.

Replace the retaining ring, and turn it clockwise to hold the bulb in place. Press the wiring harness into position until it clicks.

Repeat the process on the opposite side. Test your Corolla's headlights to be sure they function properly.

Items you will need

  • Replacement headlight bulb

 How to Replace a Headlight Bulb in a Toyota Highlander

Remove the keys from the ignition and engage the emergency brake for safety. Also, make sure the headlamp control is in the "OFF" position.

Open the hood and locate the back of the headlight assembly inside the engine compartment.

Unplug the electrical connector from the assembly and remove the rubber cover from the bulb socket.

Release the retaining spring to loosen the old bulb, and then pull it directly out of the socket. Carefully dispose of the bulb to prevent it from cracking or shattering.

Align the tabs of the new bulb with the cutouts of the mounting hole. Then, carefully press the bulb into the socket until it's secure.

Install the rubber cover in its original position and reattach the electrical connector to the headlight assembly. Make sure the rubber cover is fastened to the socket before continuing.

Start your Highlander's engine and test the headlights to make sure they work before closing the hood.

Items you will need

  • 9003 replacement bulb (2008 and later models)

  • 9006 and #9005 replacement bulbs (low- and high-beam bulbs for 2001-2007 models)

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