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Old Sep 21, 2012, 01:08 PM
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Replacing Head Lights 1996 Toyota Corolla DX

Just sharing some How To for those Do It Yourselves out there!

Back in January 5th, 1998, I purchased an almost new 1996 Toyota Corolla DX with the 1.8 Lite Gasoline Engine and Automatic Transmission with overdrive.

The Vehicle was just sitting at the Dealer Lot in Merritt Island, Florida, the Space Coast and part of Central Florida with just 24,628 miles on the Odometer.

Fast forward, it now has 85,032 Mile on the Odometer thereby, the Vehicle has attained only 60,404 mile driven in my care. Since the Vehicle is 16 years old then, this comes out to just a little over 3,775 miles per year.

One good selling technique by the Dealer in 1998 was FREE OIL and OIL Fiter for LIFE and believe me, I have taken Advantage of this! Every time they see me coming, they beg me to trade it in and I say Nope, going to keep it for LIFE! I go in their waiting room and help myself with Donuts, Coffee and a Free Newspaper! This is just fair because the Sales Lady that attended me that day almost sold me a Camry that had been crashed on the entire Drivers side. The Sales Lady said, it was an older woman that just traded in and that it will not last long. I took a look at that Camry and you could see the Orange Peel on the entire Drivers side and the passenger was perfect with the mirror like metallic flake paint from Factory. I told her, "If you want to keep me here you better show me a vehicle that is actually CLEAN and without any prior damage plus a Large Discount!!! She Complied.

Anyway, here is the 1996 Toyota Corolla DX on one weekend out with one of my RC Airplane Models:


Can you believe that the Large E-Flite Hawker Hurricane 25e fits inside this Corolla!!!


Anyway....after so many years the Plastic Head Lights had reached it's useful Life and not because anything was wrong with the Lights themselves but, the Outer Lens had just reached a point where Light was being Blocked and I decided this was a Safety issue and ordered new Head Lights for the Corolla. Yes, I do understand that there is a product "Cream" that you can puff out the road and fuel exhaust deposits from the original Head Lights but, I had done that in another Toyota and really did not help much.

Okay, some pictures showing how I replaced at least one side (Passenger Side) for Head Light Replacement:

Showing the new Head Lights Assemblies, new from the Box!


Removing the Side Parking Light Assembly in order to reach Nuts for the Head Light:














































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