Toyota Camry and Avalon 1997-2000

Signal and Marker Lights

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
Front Turn Signal and Parking Lights


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Fig. Pull the parking lamp towards the front of the car to detach it from the socket

  1. On some models you simply remove the lens screws or nuts and withdraw the assembly.
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  3. On others, remove the parking light cover clips to gain access to the parking light lens screws, if replacing that bulb.
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Fig. Remove the wiring from the back of the parking lamp



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Fig. Twist and remove the bulb from the parking lamp

  1. Remove the lens screws and the parking light lens or the turn signal lens.
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  3. Pull the bulb straight out of the socket for parking lights, and push in and turn to remove the turn signal bulb. Installation is the reverse of removal.
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Fig. On the front turn signals, remove the one screw . . .



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Fig. . . then pull the lamp out and separate the harness from the bulb socket



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Fig. All of the marker and signal lamps in the front have twist and remove bulb type sockets



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Fig. Parking lamp cover clip removal

Rear Side Marker Lights

NOTE
On some models the side marker is part of the rear tail lamp assembly.

  1. Unscrew the lamp from the outside of the car, then disconnect the wiring and withdraw the unit.
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NOTE
On some models such as the 1986 sedan and all hatchbacks, you gain access to the bulb socket from the luggage compartment inside the vehicle.

  1. Twist the socket and pull out from the inner lens housing.
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  3. Pull the bulb straight out of the socket. Installation is the reverse of removal.
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Rear Turn Signal, Brake and Parking Lights
  1. From the outside of the vehicle, remove the screws retaining the lamp housing to the body.
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  3. Remove the access cover in the luggage compartment.
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  5. Disconnect the wiring from the back of the lamp.
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  7. To replace the bulb, push in and rotate. Inspect the bulb and replace if necessary.
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To install:

  1. Position the lens to the body of the vehicle and secure with the screws.
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  3. Attach the wiring to the back of the lamp.
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  5. Install the access cover and secure.
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Fig. To replace a bulb on the rear brake lamps, unscrew the housing from the outside



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Fig. Pull the lamp assembly out . . .



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Fig. View of the bulb (1) and socket (2)



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Fig. Slightly twist and pull the bulb out of the socket to replace

High-mount Brake Light


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Fig. On some third brake lights, carefully pry the lamp housing cover up



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Fig. Lift the cover off to access the lens and bulb

  1. Gently remove the lens with a suitable prying tool or remove the stop light cover screws and extract the cover.
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NOTE
Some models are equipped with clips to retain the cover. If this is the case, make sure new ones are obtained prior to removal, they often break during removal.

  1. If equipped with a metal cover, remove to access the bulb.
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  3. Push in and rotate the bulb and remove on some models or just pull the bulb straight out. Installation is the reverse of removal.
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Fig. Clip removal for the third brake lamp on most models



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Fig. Carefully remove the metal cover with a suitable pry tool



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Fig. Twist, remove and inspect the bulb



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Fig. Separate the housing from the body of the brake lamp

Dome Light

CAUTION
Make sure that the dome light switch is off and that the doors are shut. Also, wear eye protection to avoid eye injury in case of broken glass.



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Fig. Carefully pry the lens cover from the roof panel



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Fig. Pull the lens and switch assembly off



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Fig. Extract the bulb from the dome lamp housing

Gently remove the lens with a suitable prying tool from the roof panel. Extract the bulb from the socket carefully. Insert a new bulb and snap the lens back into position.

Cargo and Passenger Area Lamps


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Fig. Carefully pry out the lamp assembly from the cargo area to separate form the body

Twist, unscrew or gently remove the lens with a suitable prying tool. Extract the bulb from the socket. Reverse the removal procedure to install.



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Fig. Carefully pry at the notch in the lens to remove



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Fig. Extract the fuse type bulb and replace if necessary



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Fig. Remove the vanity lamp lens and bulb



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INSTALLING AFTERMARKET AUXILIARY LIGHTS

NOTE
Before installing any aftermarket light, make sure it is legal for road use. Most acceptable lights will have a DOT approval number. Also check your local and regional inspection regulations. In certain areas, aftermarket lights must be installed in a particular manner or they may not be legal for inspection.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Unpack the contents of the light kit purchased. Place the contents in an open space where you can easily retrieve a piece if needed.
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  5. Choose a location for the lights. If you are installing fog lights, below the bumper and apart from each other is desirable. Most fog lights are mounted below or very close to the headlights. If you are installing driving lights, above the bumper and close together is desirable. Most driving lights are mounted between the headlights.
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  7. Drill the needed hole(s) to mount the light. Install the light, and secure using the supplied retainer nut and washer. Tighten the light mounting hardware, but not the light adjustment nut or bolt.
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  9. Install the relay that came with the light kit in the engine compartment, in a rigid area, such as a fender. Always install the relay with the terminals facing down. This will prevent water from entering the relay assembly.
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  11. Using the wire supplied, locate the ground terminal on the relay, and connect a length of wire from this terminal to a good ground source. You can drill a hole and screw this wire to an inside piece of metal; just scrape the paint away from the hole to ensure a good connection.
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  13. Locate the light terminal on the relay; and attach a length of wire between this terminal and the fog/driving lamps.
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  15. Locate the ignition terminal on the relay, and connect a length of wire between this terminal and the light switch.
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  17. Find a suitable mounting location for the light switch and install. Some examples of mounting areas are a location close to the main light switch, auxiliary light position in the dash panel, if equipped, or in the center of the dash panel.
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  19. Depending on local and regional regulations, the other end of the switch can be connected to a constant power source such as the battery, an ignition opening in the fuse panel, or a parking or headlight wire.
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  21. Locate the power terminal on the relay, and connect a wire with an in-line fuse of at least 10 amperes between the terminal and the battery.
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  23. With all the wires connected and tied up neatly, connect the negative battery cable.
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  25. Turn the lights ON and adjust the light pattern, if necessary.
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AIMING
  1. Park the vehicle on level ground, so it is perpendicular to and, facing a flat wall about 25 ft. (7.6m) away.
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  3. Remove any stone shields, if equipped, and switch ON the lights.
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  5. Loosen the mounting hardware of the lights so you can aim them as follows:
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    1. The horizontal distance between the light beams on the wall should be the same as between the lights themselves.
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    3. The vertical height of the light beams above the ground should be 4 in. (10cm) less than the distance between the ground and the center of the lamp lenses for fog lights. For driving lights, the vertical height should be even with the distance between the ground and the center of the lamp.
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  7. Tighten the mounting hardware.
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  9. Test to make sure the lights work correctly, and the light pattern is even.
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