How to Replace the Headlight Bulb on a 2002 Lexus ES300

by Martin Adamovic
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No matter what the make or model your vehicle is, it is inevitable that you will have to replace a headlight bulb at one point or another. The 2002 Lexus ES200 is no different. Even if you have never worked on a vehicle before, you can easily change the headlight bulb in your 2002 Lexus ES300.

Step 1

Open the hood of the car and remove the plastic panel that protects the headlight assembly from water and dirt. Then unfasten the bolts that hold the headlight assembly to the car body, using a small wrench.

Step 2

Pull out the plastic bulb socket from the main assembly: Just give the screwdriver a quarter turn to the left and you can pull the socket away from the main assembly.

Step 3

Pull out the old bulb and replace it with the new one. Wear gloves; if oil from your fingers gets on the bulb it will fail prematurely. Just put the bulb into the socket assembly and make sure it is securely in place. Then introduce the bulb socket set into the main assembly and lock it in.

Follow the Step 1 instructions in reverse to put everything back in its place.


  • When purchasing a replacement bulb, take into account that there are differences among the 2002 model year ES300 range. Make sure you choose bulbs specific to the exact model and trim level of the car you will be working on.


  • It is important you use gloves to cover and protect the new bulb from your hands because the oil on your skin could dramatically reduce the bulb's life.

Items you will need

  • clean gloves
  • Replacement headlight bulb
  • Small wrench

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