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How do you Change, Replace, or Install Broken 2005-2009 Toyota Tacoma Headlight Replacement

Fits Years: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
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Tools required:

  • 10mm socket/ratchet with extension

  • Flathead screwdriver


Step 1: Open the vehicle's hood.

Step 2: Loosen and remove the 10mm bolts (2) that secure the grille to the vehicle.

Step 3: Pry and remove the plastic retaining pins (2 total) on each side of the radiator grille.

Step 4: You can now LIFT and remove the grille from the vehicle.

Step 5: Pry and remove the plastic retaining pin (1) that secures the trim panel to the bottom edge of the headlight assembly. You can now remove this trim panel.

Step 6: Pry and remove the retaining pins (3) that line the TOP of the bumper cover (where the grille used to be).

Step 7: Loosen and remove the 10mm bolt (1) located near the bottom of the headlight assembly.

Step 8: Pry and remove the retaining pin (1) located in the wheel well (on the side of the headlight you are replacing).

Step 9: Pull back the wheel well liner, exposing the back of the headlight assembly. Loosen and remove the 10mm bolt (1).

Step 10: Loosen and remove the 10mm bolts (2) located on TOP of the headlight assembly.

Step 11: Disconnect the wiring harnesses from the BACK of the headlight assembly.

Step 12: You can now remove the headlight assembly.


NOTE: If you ordered your replacement headlight from Go-Parts, it likely includes new sockets and bulbs, as most of our models do. This saves you an installation step! However, if your particular model does not, simply TWIST the sockets COUNTER CLOCKWISE to remove them from the assembly.

Step 13: Connect the wiring harnesses to the new headlight assembly. Move the assembly into position.

Step 14: Secure the headlight to the vehicle by tightening the 10mm bolts (2) on the TOP of the assembly.

Step 15: Tighten the 10mm bolt (1) on the back of the assembly (accessible from the wheel well), and the 10mm bolt (1) near the bottom of the assembly (near the removed trim panel).

Step 16: Reattach the bottom trim panel and reattach the retaining pin.

Step 17: Reattach the wheel well liner, and secure it by reattaching the retaining pin.

Step 18: Re-engage the retaining pins (3) along the BOTTOM of the grille area. Slide the grille into position.

Step 19: Re-engage the retaining pins (2) and tighten the 10mm bolts (2).



These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to
09 2009, 08 2008, 07 2007, 06 2006, 05 2005 Toyota Tacoma Headlight Replacement Instructions
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