Toyota Celica 1986-1993 Repair Guide

Headlights

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Sealed Beam Type

WARNING
If vehicle is equipped with retractable headlights raise the headlights and turn the lights off with the headlights raised. Then pull out the "RTR 30 AMP" fuse. Unless power is disconnected, headlights could suddenly retract causing injury.

  1. Remove the headlight bezel (trim) ornament.
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Fig. Fig. 1 Removing RTR 30A fuse for disappearing headlamp replacementCelica



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Fig. Fig. 2 Removing ornament for disappearing headlamp replacementCelica



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Fig. Fig. 3 Removing headlamp retainer screws for disappearing headlamp replacementCelica



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Fig. Fig. 4 Removing headlamp retainer for disappearing headlamp replacementCelica



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Fig. Fig. 5 Removing headlamp connector for disappearing headlamp replacementCelica

  1. The sealed beam is held in place by a retainer screws. Identify these screws before applying any tools.
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WARNING
Do NOT confuse the small retaining screws with the larger aiming screws! There will be two aiming screws or adjustors for each lamp. (One adjustor controls the up/down motion and the other controls the left/right motion.) Identify the adjustors and avoid them during removal. If they are not disturbed, the new headlamp should not have to be reaimed immediately.

  1. Using a small screwdriver (preferably magnetic) and a pair of taper-nose pliers if necessary, remove the small screws in the headlamp retainer.
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  3. Remove the retainer and the headlamp may be gently pulled free from its mounts. Detach the connector from the back of the sealed beam unit and remove the unit from the car.
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  5. Place the new headlamp in position (single protrusion on the glass face upward) and connect the wiring harness. Remember to install the rubber boot, which is a water seal, on the back of the new lamp. Make sure the headlight is right-side up.
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  7. Turn on the headlights and check the new lamp for proper function, checking both high and low beams before final assembly.
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  9. Install the retainer and screws.
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  11. Reinstall the headlight bezel.
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MANUAL OPERATION OF RETRACTABLE HEADLIGHTS



The retractable headlights can be manually operated if their electrical mechanism fails.

1986-89 Models
  1. To raise or lower the lights, Turn the ignition and headlight switches Off and pull out the RTR 30A fuse. Unless the power is disconnected, there is a danger of the headlights suddenly retracting.
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  3. Remove the rubber cover from the manual operation knob (under the hood next to the headlight unit) and turn the knob clockwise. Manual operation should only be used if the system has failed; be sure to check the electrical operation of the lights as soon as possible.
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  5. When the headlights are retracted, they should match the silhouette of the vehicle body.
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Fig. Fig. 6 Removing RTR 30A fuse for manual operation of disappearing headlamp1986-89 Celica shown



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Fig. Fig. 7 Manual operation knob of disappearing headlamp1986-89 Celica shown



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Fig. Fig. 8 Removing RTR 30A fuse for manual operation of disappearing headlamp1990-93 2WD Celica shown



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Fig. Fig. 9 Removing RTR 30A fuse for manual operation of disappearing headlamp1990-93 4WD Celica shown



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Fig. Fig. 1 0Manual operation knob of disappearing headlamp1990-90 2WD Celica shown



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Fig. Fig. 1 1Manual operation knob of disappearing headlamp1990-90 4WD Celica shown

1990-93 2WD Models
  1. To raise or lower the lights, Turn the ignition and headlight switches Off and pull out the RTR 30A fuse. Unless the power is disconnected, there is a danger of the headlights suddenly retracting.
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  3. Remove the rubber cover from the manual operation knob (under the hood next to the headlight unit) and turn the knob clockwise. Manual operation should only be used if the system has failed; be sure to check the electrical operation of the lights as soon as possible.
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  5. When the headlights are retracted, they should match the silhouette of the vehicle body.
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1990-93 4WD Models
  1. To raise or lower the lights, Turn the ignition and headlight switches Off and pull out the RTR 30A fuse. Unless the power is disconnected, there is a danger of the headlights suddenly retracting.
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  3. Remove the rubber cover from the manual operation knob (under the hood next to the headlight unit) by loosening the retainer screw and cover clips.
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  5. Turn the knob clockwise. Manual operation should only be used if the system has failed; be sure to check the electrical operation of the lights as soon as possible.
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  7. When the headlights are retracted, they should match the silhouette of the vehicle body.
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HEADLIGHT AIMING



The headlamps should be aimed with a special alignment tool. State regulations may vary this procedure, but use this procedure below for temporary adjustments.

  1. Inspect and correct all components that could interfere with proper headlamp alignment.
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Fig. Fig. 1 2Low-beam pattern alignmentCelica



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Fig. Fig. 1 3High-beam pattern alignmentCelica



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Fig. Fig. 1 4Adjusting headlight aimingCelica

  1. Verify proper tire pressure. Clean headlamp lenses and make sure that there is no heavy loads in the trunk or hatch luggage area. The gas tank should be filled.
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  3. Position the vehicle on a level surface perpendicular to flat wall 25 feet away.
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  5. Rock the vehicle side to side and up and down a few times to allow the suspension to stabilize.
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  7. Turn lights on, adjust the horizontal direction of headlamps to achieve a straight and high intensity pattern. Adjust the vertical direction of headlamps to achieve a straight and high intensity pattern.
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