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#1 (permalink) Old 10-02-2009, 12:15 PM
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Headlights [how to change bulb?]

Hey guys new member here.

I currently own a 2006 rav 4, 2.4cyl.
And recently my left headlamp bulb burnt out. I have a general idea of how to replace it, but am not sure.
I would really appreciate if someone could provide me with a diagram or some guidance as to how to change it.

PS. its the low beam bulb thats burnt out.

Thanks appreciated!
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Honestly it's very simple but hard to reach.

All you need to do is get some room behind the bulb that blew out. You may have to remove your battery to get to it.

Once you have space, just find the bulb and twist it (clockwise or counter I forgot). It's basically a tab lock and you twist less than 1/4 turn.

Once you have it off, you need to separate the bulb from the wire. You can see it's another tab you squeeze and pull. If it doesn't come out, put the bulb back and use that as leverage to pop the wire free.

Then just reverse the process to put the bulb back in.

Just be VERY careful not to touch the bulb to anything including your fingers or the side of the headlight housing. Dirt and grease will shorten the life of the bulb.

Also now may be the time to get brighter bulbs.

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Good advice from Zeoth. You might as well change them both while you're at it. Assuming the one on the passenger side is the same age it is probably going to blow soon. I can easily get my hand past the battery to the ones on the driver's side. Unfortunately I can't say the same about the passenger side.

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thanks guys replaced it today my self on the driver side with no probs

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You might as well change them both while you're at it. Assuming the one on the passenger side is the same age it is probably going to blow soon. I can easily get my hand past the battery to the ones on the driver's side. Unfortunately I can't say the same about the passenger side.
Not sure about the advice. When I had one headlight burn out in my Corolla (same size bulb: 9006), I assumed the other one will burn out soon. Instead, the new one burned out in a few months. Turns out the OEM bulbs are long life and the replacement aftermarket ones (I got GE) are short life.
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Low Beam Light bulb Size

Hi, I used the sylvania.com light fitment guide and bought 9006 size. Then when I went to the workshop to have it fitted, they said its not 9006, instead a HB3! Is this true for all 2006 Rav4 2.4L 4X2?

I just wasted $35 for a pair, now I cant use it.

If somebody can please confirm the right bulb size of the low beam for our cars.

Thanks.
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Hi, I used the sylvania.com light fitment guide and bought 9006 size. Then when I went to the workshop to have it fitted, they said its not 9006, instead a HB3! Is this true for all 2006 Rav4 2.4L 4X2?

I just wasted $35 for a pair, now I cant use it.

If somebody can please confirm the right bulb size of the low beam for our cars.

Thanks.
According to my owner's manual the low beam is a 9006 and the high beam is a 9005. Now remember, this is for the US-spec RAV4--the version you get in the UAE may be different.

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My 2009 has a 9006 low beam which is a 51 watt HB4 halogen bulb. See section 6-1 in your Owner's Manual. My high beam is 9005 which is 60 watt HB3.

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