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How to Replace the Headlight in a Toyota Tacoma 1996 Pickup

by Ashton Daigle

Although Toyota Tacoma pickup trucks are very dependable vehicles, they do require occasional maintenance. One part you might have to replace on your Tacoma is your headlamp. Like any light bulb, they wear out over time. There are no specialized tools needed to change your Tacoma headlight. In fact you can almost do it all by hand. You can purchase replacement headlamp bulbs at any auto parts store, and at many department stores.

Step 1

Open your Tacoma's hood. With a 1/4-inch drive ratchet and socket, disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery to prevent shocks or short circuits.

Step 2

Locate the rear of the headlamp assembly. The bulb is mounted in a plug which fits into the rear of the headlight assembly.

Step 3

Twist the plug counterclockwise and pull it backward. This will remove the headlight bulb and its socket.

Step 4

Pull the bulb out of its socket. Push the new bulb into the socket. Push the socket into the rear of the headlamp assembly and secure it by turning it to the right, or clockwise.

Reattach the black negative battery cable to the battery and tighten the terminal to the battery post.

Items you will need

  • 1/4-inch drive ratchet
  • 1/4-inch drive socket set
  • Replacement headlamp bulb

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