Head light replacement

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  1. usinchino

    usinchino Junior Member

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    one head light out ,bought a new one at walmart came home read in manual owner can replace but my hand is to big to fit in space,called dealership they told me it would be $ 112.00 for one headlight replacement !!!!!! any help anyone ?? 2008 model Thanks.:eek:
     
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    cwerdna Senior Member

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    Do you have HIDs or halogens?

    My dealer wanted a lot more than $112 to replace a burned out HID (~$167 for the bulb alone + labor). I'm going to DIY on my intermittent passenger side HID and have already ordered a replacement HID from Amazon for $50.44 + tax.

    There are plenty of headlight replacement threads here on Priuschat. Unfortunately, if your hand is too big to fit despite removal of things in the way (in those threads), then you'll need to remove the front bumper.
     
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    Thanks, it is just regular Halogen; the Manual is misleading - it says can be replaced by owner. There's no way my hand will fit down there. I was just shocked at the dealer's price to replace one bulb.
     
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    Is bumper removal what the dealer mechanics have to do to replace the bulb (Toyota's recommendation) ?
    100$ seems low for that amount of work.
     
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    About 6 months ago I replaced one HID headlight at a Toyota dealer, and the total cost $276 for parts, labor and taxes. Soon the second light went out, and I decided it's not worth paying almost 300 bucks for it. So I ordered HID bulbs from eBay - 2 for $70.

    I went to a local mechanic with this bulb, and although he suffered for 40 min, he eventually managed to replace it without taking off the bumper. The labor only cost $20.

    Unfortunately the cheap eBay bulb went out after less than 6 months, so I had to replace it again, and took it to a different mechanic. He also managed to replace it without taking off the bumper, and the labor cost $25. Luckily the eBay shop had a 6 month warranty, which they honored, and sent me a replacement bulb.

    So I say there is absolutely no point going to the dealer for a bulb replacement. Any mechanic can do it, and if you don't tell them to take off the bumper, they will try to replace the bulb without doing this.
     
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    I don't know if it's Toyota's recommendation but there have been stories of dealers doing that here on Priuschat and at Luscious Garage | Blog | Prius headlight problem, D4R HID bulbs *still overpriced, not covered under warranty*. There are a bunch of YouTube videos of people doing just that... :rolleyes:

    I looked at the owner's manual and it doesn't at all tell you to remove the front bumper, but it doesn't call for removing the washer fluid container, which should give more room.
    I haven't replaced mine yet (waiting for bulbs I just ordered). These might help:

    http://priuschat.com/forums/gen-ii-...7938-my-hid-bulb-replacement-my-06-prius.html
    http://priuschat.com/forums/knowled...38842-how-change-headlamp-headlight-bulb.html
    How to Change the HID Headlights on a 2007 Prius (Without Removing Bumper) - wikiHow

    I hear that watching the video of the guy replacing his headlights by removing his bumper might help because at least it gives you an idea of what's you won't be able to easily see.
     
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