Toyota Corolla 1970-1987 Repair Guide

Headlights

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Sealed Beam Type

See Figure 1

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 (on early models pull out the RTR fusible link near the battery). Unless power is disconnected, headlights could suddenly retract causing injury

  1. Remove the headlight bezel (trim).
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  3. The sealed beam is held in place by a retainer and either 2 or 4 small screws. Identify these screws before applying any tools.
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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 head lamp will be in identical aim to the old one

  1. Using a small screwdriver (preferably magnetic) and a pair of taper-nose pliers if necessary, remove the small screws in the head lamp retainer. DON'T drop the screws.
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  3. Remove the retainer and the head lamp may be gently pulled free from its mounts. Detach the connector (if the connector is tight wiggle it) from the back of the sealed beam unit and remove the unit from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Place the new head lamp in position (single protrusion on the glass face upward) and connect the wiring harness. Remember to install the rubber boot on the back of the new lamp - its a water seal. Make sure the headlight is right-side up.
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  3. 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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  5. Install the retainer and the small screws that hold it.
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  7. Reinstall the headlight bezel.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Removing and correct installation of headlight

Replaceable Bulb (Semi-Sealed Beam)/Fixed Lens Type

See Figures 2 through 6

This type of light is replace from behind the unit. The lens is not removed or loosened

  1. Open and support the hood.
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  3. Remove the wiring connector from the back the lamp. Be careful to release the locking tab completely before removal.
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  5. Grasp the base of the bulb holder and collar, twist it counterclockwise (as viewed from the engine compartment) and carefully remove the bulb holder and bulb from the housing.
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  7. Using gloves or a rag, hold the bulb and release the clip on the holder. Remove the bulb.
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To install:
  1. Install the new bulb in the holder and make sure the clip engages firmly.
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Hold the new bulb with a clean cloth or a piece of paper. DO NOT touch or grasp the bulb with your fingers. The oils from your skin will produce a hot spot on the glass envelope, shortening bulb life. If the bulb is touched accidentally, clean it with alcohol and a clean rag before installation

  1. Install the holder and bulb into the housing. Note that the holder has guides which must align with the housing. When the holder is correctly seated, turn the collar clockwise to lock the holder in place.
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  3. Connect the wiring harness. Turn on the headlights and check the function of the new bulb on both high and low beam.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Replacing semi-sealed beam headlight bulb



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Fig. Fig. 3: View of the electrical connection for the headight assembly



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Fig. Fig. 4: Removing the electrical connection for the headight assembly



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Fig. Fig. 5: Removing the bulb retaining ring for headlight



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Fig. Fig. 6: Removing the headight assembly - do not touch the bulb glass

MANUAL OPERATION OF RETRACTABLE HEADLIGHTS



See Figures 7 and 8

The retractable headlights can be manually operated if their electrical mechanism fails. To raise or lower the lights, Turn the ignition and headlight switches OFF and pull out the RTR MTR 30A fuse (on early models remove the RTR fusible link that is located near the battery). Unless the power is disconnected, there is a danger of the headlights suddenly retracting. 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. When the headlights are retracted, they should match the silhouette of the vehicle body.



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Fig. Fig. 7: Manual operation of headlight doors



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Fig. Fig. 8: On later models remove this fuse-before manual operation of headlight doors

 
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