How To: Change Headlamp / Headlight bulb

Discussion in 'Knowledge Base Articles Discussion' started by usbseawolf2000, Oct 20, 2007.

  1. barbie.gee

    barbie.gee Junior Member

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2005
    65
    6
    0
    Location:
    Chicago, IL
    Vehicle:
    2005 Prius
    Model:
    N/A
    Let me bring some wine to the discussion;
    the passenger side headlight on my 2005 Prius went out, and I had a running light out on the driver's side, as well. I went in for my routine maintenance and figured, "let them change the bulb, I'm not in the mood for a DIY project today", but now I am kicking myself.

    The invoiced amount:
    bulb 90084-98033 $31.15
    bulb 00234-00194 $2.28
    LABOR $125.00

    ONE HUNDRED TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS????? :eek::mad:
    I had had the drivers side headlamp replaced about 2 years ago, and seemed to remember the labor being about $30. Call me a sucker, for not asking what the labor charges would be for these lamp installs. Not HID lamps, either. Is this the going book labor rate?
    GRRRR. (even though it's my own damned fault.)
     
  2. usbseawolf2000

    usbseawolf2000 HSD PhD

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2004
    14,487
    2,966
    0
    Location:
    Fort Lee, NJ
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    Plug-in Base
    The service rate sounds high. I guess it varies from dealer to dealer.
     
  3. barbie.gee

    barbie.gee Junior Member

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2005
    65
    6
    0
    Location:
    Chicago, IL
    Vehicle:
    2005 Prius
    Model:
    N/A
    This is going to be the push I need to get away from going to the dealer anymore, and finding a good Toyota mechanic here in Chicago.
     
  4. usbseawolf2000

    usbseawolf2000 HSD PhD

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2004
    14,487
    2,966
    0
    Location:
    Fort Lee, NJ
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    Plug-in Base
    If another bulb needs replacement or some other maintenance, you can perhaps try to do it yourself. There are plenty of information on PC.
     
  5. don_chuwish

    don_chuwish Well Seasoned Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2009
    684
    87
    0
    Location:
    Southern Oregon
    Vehicle:
    2007 Prius
    Model:
    II
    I think that's actually a normal rate. That's what the dealer quoted me, per side, when I called. It's why I did it myself too.

    - D
     
  6. Rest

    Rest Active Member

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2005
    1,210
    45
    2
    Location:
    CA
    Vehicle:
    2007 Prius
    There's a reason why they're called a "Stealership".
     
  7. kvdsr

    kvdsr Junior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2012
    13
    0
    0
    Vehicle:
    2008 Prius
    Model:
    Two
    Seawolf,
    Thanks to your original post, I changed the bulb on my driver's side a few months back, and I just now finished changing the passenger side. Took about two hours the first time - mostly due to struggling with the rubber boot - and only about twenty minutes this last time. It wouldn't have taken me that long, but the boot was stuck on the base of the bulb. I'm 6'7" and have big hands, but that wasn't a problem once I gained access via your suggestions. I did find the passenger side more conducive to my right-handedness. I do have two suggestions to add to your excellent original post:

    1- "Clockwise" means different things depending on if you're looking at the rubber boot from the front or the back. I prefer to think that the boot works the same as a jar lid - which you turn left to remove, right to tighten.
    The two rectangular "ears" on the boot make excellent leverage points for your thumb and forefinger - as you pointed out on this most recent post.

    2- Once you have "unscrewed" the boot/jar lid a few inches to the left, it will stop moving. When it hits this "stop" point, it is in position to be lifted out. MAKE A MENTAL NOTE on the position that the ears are in at this stop point. When you reinstall the boot, position it so that the ears are at the stop point, and you should be able to push down on the boot till it bottoms out evenly. Tighten the boot to the right a few inches, and it will again reach a "stop" point. It is now locked in place.

    Ken
     
  8. usbseawolf2000

    usbseawolf2000 HSD PhD

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2004
    14,487
    2,966
    0
    Location:
    Fort Lee, NJ
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    Plug-in Base
    Those are great tips Ken. I added them to the original post. I fixed up the videos as google videos were migrated into my YouTube account.
     
  9. wddanie

    wddanie Junior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2009
    58
    8
    0
    Location:
    Atlanta
    Vehicle:
    Other Non-Hybrid
    Model:
    N/A
    Thanks for the detailed bulb changing instructions from 5 years ago. I was able to change mine in about 30 minutes for the first time, and it would have taken 3 times as long without the tips.

    I installed these Philips halogen bulbs and like them after 1 week. They are very white and I would estimate about 30% brighter than the oems. They very really cheap at 21.62$ on Amazon Prime so I got free shipping as well.

    Philips 9003 CrystalVision Ultra Headlight Bulb, Pack of 2, $21.62
    Philips 9003 CrystalVision Ultra Headlight Bulb, Pack of 2 : Amazon.com : Automotive

    Thanks,

    Doug
     
  10. Tom Steele

    Tom Steele New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2013
    2
    0
    0
    Vehicle:
    2005 Prius
    Model:
    N/A
     
  11. Tom Steele

    Tom Steele New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 16, 2013
    2
    0
    0
    Vehicle:
    2005 Prius
    Model:
    N/A

    Followed directions on site and replaced both bulbs in 30 mintes. I got the Phillips bulbs (2) from Amazon for $22.50. Thanks Prius Chat
     
  12. jacques1

    jacques1 New Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2013
    6
    0
    0
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius
    Model:
    Persona
    Awesome these are so informational instruction that you have recovered here.
    Thanks for describe
    Regards
    Jacques
     
  13. DarkPri503

    DarkPri503 Junior Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2013
    68
    11
    0
    Location:
    Salem
    Vehicle:
    2005 Prius
    Model:
    II
    I'd really like to reiterate HOW EASY this is to do :) Save some money and do this yourself. I did it in about an hour in my 2005 (some of the unscrewing and tight fit hinder some progress). All without the quoted removal of the front bumper and near $500 cost at Toyota. I picked up MAXLUX bulbs for $28.99 A PAIR free shipping! I opted for the 6000k Diamond White. They are a little bluer than I would have liked, so I think I'll be picking up the 4300k 0r 5000k next go. They are still great looking day and night, and my wife loves the brightness at night.

    Maxlux USA

    I recommend this bulb and will give a longevity report when they start to "flicker out". Now off to get the Plugs done on my own here in a couple months. From all the post here, I feel confident about doing it myself and saving a bunh of bucks. :D
     
  14. DarkPri503

    DarkPri503 Junior Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2013
    68
    11
    0
    Location:
    Salem
    Vehicle:
    2005 Prius
    Model:
    II

    Well folks, looks like the "too good to be true" adage is alive and well. In less than nine days after install, the passenger bulb has been shutting off. This is the opposite lamp that was originally flickering. Purchased through Paypal, I tried contacted MAXLUX but their "Contact Us" form is a joke, and doesn't work. I guess my best bet is through Paypal :(

    Well, I guess I'm looking else where for bulbs...
     
  15. Sezy

    Sezy Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2013
    361
    150
    37
    Location:
    O'Fallon, Missouri
    Vehicle:
    2006 Prius
    Model:
    II
  16. Richard Signell

    Richard Signell Junior Member

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2013
    2
    0
    0
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    Plug-in Advanced
    In the photo below, from my passenger side front headlamp on my 2005 Prius, is the clip show that is held down on one side by the screw the one that releases the bulb? If so, do I just pull up on the opposite side of the clip so that it swings up, pivoting on the piece held under the screw, or is there some other way to release the bulb?
    [​IMG]
     
  17. usbseawolf2000

    usbseawolf2000 HSD PhD

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2004
    14,487
    2,966
    0
    Location:
    Fort Lee, NJ
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    Plug-in Base
    It releases on the other side. The screw is just holding as a hinge.
     
  18. Richard Signell

    Richard Signell Junior Member

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2013
    2
    0
    0
    Vehicle:
    2012 Prius Plug-in
    Model:
    Plug-in Advanced
    And that worked! Thanks usbseawolf2000!
     
  19. cyberpriusII

    cyberpriusII Prodigyplace says I'm Super Kris

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2009
    956
    1,073
    0
    Location:
    VERY rural Oregon
    Vehicle:
    2008 Prius
    Model:
    N/A
    Gosh. Talk about getting bogged down in petty details....I just buy the basic Phillips bulb and call it good for $8.

    Whew.
     
  20. don_chuwish

    don_chuwish Well Seasoned Member

    Joined:
    May 1, 2009
    684
    87
    0
    Location:
    Southern Oregon
    Vehicle:
    2007 Prius
    Model:
    II
    I don’t disagree - I’ve played around with different bulbs just to see if any last longer than others. I hate how quickly they all seem to fail.
     
    cyberpriusII likes this.
Loading...