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Toyota Camry Headlight Replacement and Install Guide

How to replace and install a new headlight bulb in a 2000-2013 Toyota Camry, A DIY Guide.

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This how-to guide is written for those who need to change, replace or install the headlight bulb in the Toyota Camry. The vehicle that I show in this guide is specifically the 2012 Camry, but the light bulb replacement for the 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 Toyota Camry is the 9006 for the low beam, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Camry low beam headlight is the H11, and for all models the 9005 for the high beams. So this headlight replacement manual may be helpful to owners other Toyota vehicles like the 4Runner, Avalon, Corolla, Rav4, Highlander, FJ Curiser, Land Cruiser, Matrix, Prius, Sequoia and similar Lexus models like the IS350, LS350, GS350 Models. There are many manufactures of the headlight bulbs like Sylvania, SilverStar, AC Delco and aftermarket Xeon Blue bulbs made by companies like Putco and Nokya. OEM replacement 9005/9006/H11 bulbs should run around $10-$20 a piece at your local Advanced Auto Parts or Pep Boys. Always check your owner's manual, Chilton, or Haynes manual before beginning any repair or replacement job for specific instructions for your vehicle. Please read Disclaimer.

Tools Needed: None

Toyota Camry Headlight
Camry Headlight Assembly
2012 Toyota Camry
Toyota Camry
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Camry Interior
The Toyota Camry headlight bulb is located under the hood so you will need to gain access to the engine compartment.
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Camry Hood Release
Toyota Camry Hood Release Lever
Pull Hood Release
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Popped Hood
Under the steering column on the driver side of the vehicle is the hood release lever that will pop the hood.
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Hood Release Lever
Toyota Camry Headlight Assembly
Low Beam Headlight Assembly
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Headlight Wire Harness
Reach your fingers under the center of the hood in the gap now left from releasing the hood and you will feel a lever, pull up on it and lift the hood with your other hand. Make sure that if your hood does not have gas filled pistons that hold the hood up you will need to prop the hood up with the hood rod. Locate the low beam head light (or high beam if that is what you are replacing) and remove the wire harness by pressing the small lever on the front of the harness.

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H11 Camry Headlight
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Toyota Headlight Bulb
Camry H11 Headlight Bulb
OEM Headlight Bulb
Once you have removed the wire harness you will need to turn the headlight bulb counter clockwise about 1/8th to a 1/4 turn. You should be able to pull the low beam H11 or 9006 dead headlight bulb (depending on model year) straight out of the headlight assembly at this point. If your are replacing the high beam it is a 9005 replacement bulb.
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Inside Wire Harness
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Replace Headlight Bulb
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Installed Bulb
Once you have removed the old Camry headlight bulb you can replace it with the new headlight. Insert the new bulb directly in the hole and rotate it clockwise until it is secure and the headlight wire harness assembly should be pointing towards the ground. Re-attach the wire harness by sliding it over the headlight retaining clip until it clicks into place. Test the headlights and you are done.
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Attach Wire Harness
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Attached Headlight Harness
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High Beam 9005 Bulb
You may also be interested in other repair and replacement guides I have done - How to Change the Battery in a Toyota Camry, How to Change the Map Light in a Toyota Camry, How to Change the Air Filter in a Toyota Camry, How to Change the Dome Light in a Toyota Camry, How to Change a Fuse in a Toyota Camry. For all the Toyota Camry guides in one place go to Toyota Camry Repair and Maintenance Guides.

This guide may also be useful to owners of the 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999 Camry models as the headlight assembly is very similar and use the 9003, 9005, and 9006 replacement headlight bulbs.

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