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2009-2013 Toyota Corolla Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out low beam, high beam or turn signal bulb in the headlights of a 2009-2013 Toyota Corolla.

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2010 Corolla S Headlight
Hood Release Latch
Low Beam - Middle

This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 10th generation (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, & 2013) Toyota Corolla in replacing a burnt out low beam, high beam, turn signal or front side marker bulb in the headlight assemblies.

Owners of other Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles such as the Yaris, Matrix, Prius, Camry, RAV4, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, FJ Cruiser, Venza, Highlander, Avalon, Sequoia, Land Cruiser, IS 250, ES 350, GS 350, tC, xB, xD, iQ and FR-S may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

Replacement bulbs with their part numbers are as follows: Low Beam # 9006, High Beam # 9005, and Front Turn Signal / Parking Light # 3357A or 3457A and Front Sidemarker # 168.

No tools are needed to change the low beam or high beam. To access the front turn signal or side marker bulb, you'll need a small flathead screwdriver to remove the wheel well fasteners.

Base of Low Beam Bulb
1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
Pull Out Low Beam
The first two steps are to pop open the hood and move to the side of the vehicle with the burnt out bulb.

The Low Beam bulb is located at the center of the headlight assembly.

Reach in behind the headlight assembly and rotate the light grey base of the low beam bulb 1/4 turn counter clockwise before pulling it straight out.

Press Release Button
Slide Off Power Plug
Sylvania 9006 12V 51W
Press down on the power connector's release tab and slide it straight off the base of the old low beam bulb.
Insert New Low Beam
1/4 Turn Clockwise
High Beam - Inner Corner
Push the power connector on to the base of a new 9006 low beam bulb, insert it in to the headlight assembly and rotate the base 1/4 turn clockwise to lock it in place.
Base of High Beam
Press Tab - Pull Off Plug
1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
The High Beam bulb is located at the inner corner of the headlight housing closer to the center line of the vehicle.

Press down on the black plastic power connector's release tab and slide it straight off the base of the bulb.

Reach in behind the headlight assembly and rotate the base of the high beam bulb 1/4 turn counter clockwise. Pull it straight out of the housing.


Remove High Beam Bulb
Sylvania 9005 12V 60W
Insert New 9005 Bulb
Insert a new # 9005 high beam bulb in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to lock it in place.

Slide the black plastic power connector straight on to the base of the new bulb until it clicks in to place.

1/4 Turn Clockwise
Turn Signal & Sidemarker
Turn Wheel Opposite Side
To access either the front turn signal or front side marker bulbs, you'll first need to turn the wheels all the way to the opposite direction of the burnt out bulb. This will give you more room to work in the wheel well.
Plastic Wheel Well Liner
Loosen Fastener
Center Piece Removed
Remove the center piece of the lower plastic wheel well liner fastener with a flathead screwdriver and then pull out the larger outer piece.
Remove Other Fastener
Plastic Pop Rivet Removed
Pull Back Splash Guard
Remove the upper wheel well fastener by prying up the center piece and then pull out the entire fastener.

Pull back the wheel well liner or "splash guard" to gain access to the sockets for the turn signal and sidemarker.

Light Grey Turn Signal Socket
Reach In - 1/4 Turn CC
Front Side Marker Socket
The Turn Signal bulb is contained within the light grey socket.

Reach in through the wheel well and rotate the socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise before pulling it straight out. Pull out the old bulb and push in a new amber colored # 3357A or 3457A bulb. Re-insert the socket and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to lock it in place. (The preceding steps are not pictured.)

The Front Side Marker light bulb is inside the small black socket located just to the side of the turn signal socket closer to the outside of the vehicle.

Pull Out Old # 168 Bulb
Testing New Side Marker
1/4 Turn Clockwise
Rotate the side marker socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 168 bulb. (You may also use any other miniature wedge base bulb such as the # 194, 175, W5W, 2825 or 2827.)

Re-insert the side marker bulb socket and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Replace Upper Fastener
Replace 2nd Fastener
Test New Headlight Bulb(s)
Push the wheel well liner back in place behind the metal lip. Re-insert the outer piece of the lower fastener first and then push in the center piece. Push in the upper fastener and pop in the center piece to secure it in place.

Test the new bulbs by turning on the headlights, flashing the high beams and activating the hazard signals.

For more, check out my other Corolla DIY tutorials at the links below -

2009-2013 Toyota Corolla Repair & Maintenance Guides

2003-2008 Toyota Corolla Repair & Maintenance Guides

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