How to Replace Headlights and Bulbs on the Toyota Camry (1999-2001)

Updated on January 16, 2019
hardlymoving profile image

Hardlymoving repairs and flips Toyota Camrys and has written extensively about these dependable cars.

Having been pulled over and ticketed for a burned out parking lamp inspired me to write this DIY article. The pictures here show you how to replace various burned-out light bulbs on the Generation 4 Toyota Camry. A chart shows which replacement bulbs to buy for which uses.

Ordinary bulbs can be purchased locally without much difficulty. LED (Light Emitting Diode) long-life bulbs are easiest to obtain through the internet. LED bulbs are more expensive but should last indefinitely and provide greater illumination.

On the other hand, you should avoid expensive "high intensity" headlamp bulbs unless you don't mind changing these bulbs regularly—usually in less than a year. They do provide bright white high illumination, but, as manufacturers admit in the small print in their disclaimer, they last mere hundreds of hours, vs. the thousands of hours of usage you would expect from a standard bulb. Moreover, the warranty time frame is less than a year.

If you want higher illumination, HID (High-Intensity Discharge) bulbs generally put out three times more light intensity than halogen bulbs and, coupled with the ballast, will last longer. Installation is relatively easy and straightforward. Vendors provide HID conversion kits for under $100. These kits at one time cost hundreds of dollars but their prices have come down substantially.

Camry Bulb Chart

Location
Bulb Size Number
Alternative Bulb Number
Discussed in Section Below
High- and Low-Beam Headlight
9003/HB2
 
A
Parking Light
1157A
 
B
Front Turn Signal
1157A
 
C
Front Side Marker
1157A
 
D
Rear Turn Signal
3157
 
E
Tail Light
3157
904
F
Stop Light
3157
 
G
High-Mount Stop Light
921
 
H
Back-Up Light
921
 
I
License Plate Light
2825
 
J
Rear Sidemarker Light
194
 
K
Trunk/Cargo Area Light
194
 
L
Instrument/General Light
194
74
M
Glove Box Light
37
 
N*
Dome Light
DE3175
 
O*
Step/Courtesy Light
DE3175
DE3021
P*
*To be added to article later

A. High- and Low-Beam Headlight Replacement

Click thumbnail to view full-size

Lift open the engine hood. In front, behind the headlight assembly, the wire connector to the headlight bulb should be clearly visible. Following the steps in the thumbnail pictures. Do not touch the new bulb's glass surface with your hands. The oil on your hands combined with the heat from the bulb can crack the glass.

B, C, D: Front Turn Signal, Parking, and Front Side Marker Lights

Click thumbnail to view full-size

Lift open the engine hood. The parking light / front turn signal bulb is recessed within the corner light assembly. You have to remove this assembly to gain access to the rear of the assembly that contains the bulb. The assembly is braced within the fender and the front grill and is held by a single plastic pin.

E, F, G, K: Rear Turn Signal, Tail Light, Stop Light, and Sidemarker

Click thumbnail to view full-size

Open the trunk. On the driver's or passenger's side, depending on which corner needs replacement bulb(s), remove the three (3) plastic screws that hold the interior plastic panel over the corner light assembly. Lift away the corner of the trunk floor covering and pull the plastic panel out to expose the corner light bulb connectors. Detach the electrical connector and twist off the desired bulb fitting.

H: High-Mount Stop Light

Click thumbnail to view full-size

Open the trunk. From underneath the rear window deck, locate the two plastic pins that secures the high mount assembly. Push these pins away from the metal deck frame and push up. Then, from inside the rear passenger compartment, pull out the high mount assembly. Pinch and pull on the male light plug, then twist off (counterclockwise) the light bulb socket.

F and I: Tail Light and Back-Up Light

Click thumbnail to view full-size

A extra pair of tail-light bulbs are recessed within the tail-light assembly that is part of the trunk lid. Each assembly (driver and passenger side) also contains a back-up light.

Open the trunk and remove the plastic pins that hold the felt covering underneath the trunk. Only remove the pins that have a screw fitting for a philips head screw. After you have unseated the screw, pull out the base of the pin.

Pull down on the felt covering to expose the bulb connectors. Twist the connectors counterclockwise to expose the bulb.

J: License Plate

Click thumbnail to view full-size

Open the trunk lid. Once the lid is open, you can remove the license plate bulb as shown in the pictures.

L: Trunk/Cargo Area

Click thumbnail to view full-size

The pictures above show you how to pull the 194 bulb out of the trunk light receptacle.

M. Instrument/General Lights

To replace one of the seven or so bulbs in the instrument cluster, you have to remove the instrument cluster itself from the dashboard, as shown in a separate article.

N, O, P: Glove Box, Dome, and Step/Courtesy Lights

Coming soon!

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      No comments yet.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, axleaddict.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://axleaddict.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
      ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)