again, you are in the ES section. We drive ES's, you need to ask this question in the GS section to people who own and work on GS's, because they'll know what to do.
Typically they just pop off or have retaining clips that need to be removed. If you're not comfortable figuring out how to remove plastic engine covers I'd strongly recommend against working on this car yourself. Find a trusted mechanic and let them do the work.
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The left front low beam HID failed on our 2007 ES. I ordered a replacement bulb from Amazon for about $51...dealer price was $222.95. My local mechanic installed it in about 30 seconds and showed me how to do it. It was worth the $15 charge. The 9-step procedure above is exactly right. Good luck.
Any D4S bulbs will work, but to answer your question, that is NOT the replacement bulb. The stock bulb runs at 4300k while that amazon bulb is running at 8000k, which is pretty blue/purplish (if its rated correctly).
Edit: These are the replacement bulbs. Back in the day Lexus would use Philips bulbs. but they are now using Toshiba bulbs. Look at the reviews to confirm.
hahaha, I hope we don't have to remove the bumper as well. I have no clue how to take the headlights out. Would be great info to know though..
i do know that the older model IS's would have to take their bumpers off to do this kind of job.
I've seen a few postings in this thread where shops did it for $20. Either they are the fastest guys in the world at tearing down a car or I need to dig into the engine bay a little and look. In my Maxima, I just removed the battery to change the driver side light.
You DO NOT remove the headlight assembly, only the bulb via rear access cap. Just follow the step by step instructions or pay someone to do it for you. BTW, the same pair of Toshiba D4S bulbs were $50 on Amazon just 18 months ago. And be careful not to let the engine cover clips fall into the engine bay, as you'll never retrieve them.
1. Remove the plastic HID socket cover by turning it counter-clockwise.
2. Remove the silver metal socket fitting attached to the braided cable by turning counter-clockwise about 45 degrees and pulling towards you.
3. There's a U-shaped set spring retainer that has kind of curled circle ends. This holds the bulb assembly in place by locking into notches on either side at roughly 11:00 & 1:00 on the housing. Pinch those two curled ends towards each other and pull them out and down to clear the notches and swing the retainer downward. This will release the bulb in the very center of the unit.
4. Pull the bulb out by it's base. It's about 3" long and comes straight out. Don't touch the glass if you intend to reuse the bulb.
5. The Toyota HID bulb is part # 90981-20024 (for my 2007 ES350).
6. Holding the new bulb by the base and without touching the glass, push the bulb back into the hole. There are notches & tabs in the base and mount that must match. Just rotate the bulb until it catches.
7. Reset the retaining spring by swinging it up and pushing it in while pinching the curled ends a bit. Release the ends when they lock into the metal notches on the housing. Make sure the retainer is secure before proceeding.
8. Reattach the metal socket fitting by pushing in at and turning clockwise 45 degrees from roughly a 10:00 to a 12:00 position.
9. Reattach the plastic cover by turning it clockwise.
That's all there is to it.
Is hard to work on the driver side ? Do I have to move battery etc. to get room working on it ?
I paid my local shop $20 to replace mine when they were changing the oil. It's been over a year without issue. If the replacement bulbs last as long as the original ones, this will be my only bulb change.
Anyone did change the HID bulb on the driver side which seems not enough room to do bulb replacement ? Take whole light assembly off by removing the bumper or what ? Any input ?
no need to take out anything. but it's not easy depending on how big/small your hands are. sometimes the frustrating part is to properly 'seat' the bulb considering that you should not touch the glass portion of it. if you're not comfortable doing it yourself, there are shops who would do it for $20.