My wife took our 2008 Carens in to the dealer today and has been quoted £40.00 for a main beam bulb replacement. She queried the cost and was told "the headlamp is not easily accessable"
Is it a difficult job?
It's a real simple job, as long as you have a 10m socket handy!
Undo 2 bolts which are very easy to spot,remove the round black plastic bulb cover, then undo the 2 power leads which both have quick release clips, then take the complete headlight unit out taking care not to drop it! Change the bulb & reassemble, I do mine in approx 5 mins now!
Hi, Supacabby, sorry but this is going to sound stupid. I tried to change the dipped lamp as per the user handbook(in situ). I unscrewed the plastic cap and tried to remove it but part of the bulkhead got in the way, I then proceeded to drop the damn thing into the void below. Some hours later after jacking up the car and rummaging around with the kind help of a neighbour we got the cap outfrom underneath, along with a bulb I also dropped in there. We managed to change the dipped bulb in situ (minus a few bits of skin) but of course now I cant get the cap back on because it can only be mounted from behind and not the front in the small space between the bulkhead and where the cap should be mounted. How do you get the assembly out so I can replace the cap, do you have any photos of said nuts or bolts you have to remove to get the unit out. As a very crap DYI man it is not apparent which ones to remove. Thanks
I haven't got any pics but look for 2 black bolts, 10mm, without being sarcastic they are "obvious" when you look for them, 1 on the top & 1 slightly to 1 side. Once these areremoved the unit will slide out to the front, as said before use a towel or similar over the bumper to protect it from possible scratching.
Thanks Supacabby, I looked at the headlight unit this morning in what we loosely describe as daylight here in Scotland. I saw the 2 bolts straight away, one was on the top and the other at the front of the unit but as I made such a mess of it yesterday and I had a 6 hour drive to Manchester ahead of me, I took it to our really friendly village garage. I pointed out the bolts and said it was a cabbies advice how to remove or move the unit and he said "if it's a cabbies advice then thats the way to do it" 5 minutes later, cap back in place and I got to see how to do it next time. Cost, nothing but a couple of cream cakes for his tea break. Thanks again for the advice.