1997-2001 Toyota Camry: Headlight Bulb Replacement
Time: 5-20 min (depends on side/access)
Difficulty: Easy-Moderate (depends on side/access)
Cost: $20-50 (bulb type/qt)
Bulbs fail from heat, vibration, and damage. Routine maintenance isn't necessary, but sometimes a good bulb will be replaced at the same time as a bad bulb because access to the location can be difficult.
Bulbs are also replaced to increase output, change color, or convert to LED.
Replacing the headlight bulb on a 1997-2001 era Toyota Camry, Avalon, or Lexus is fairly simple. The hardest part, which isn't too bad, is gaining access to the bulbs. The bulbs are removed by disconnecting the electrical connection, releasing the retainer clip, and removing the bulb.
Remember not to touch the new bulb with your fingers. The oils from your hands will create hot spots that cause premature bulb failure. Use latex gloves, or put your hand inside of a plastic sack when handling new bulbs.
Watch the video below to see how the bulb was replaced on the driver's side of a 2001 Toyota Camry.
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