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Unread 03-10-2009, 05:58 PM   #1
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Headlight out on 99 tj

The other day i noticed after a little light wheeling out to my camp...nothing rough just rutted up logging roads and dirt secondary roads to get there that my passengers side headlight was out now ive only had my TJ for a little over 8 months and this is my first headlight issue.. do i have to replace the entire fixture or just the bulb like normal vehicles i havent been able to get out to look at it due to the weather the past two days... any help is appreciated..

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Unread 03-10-2009, 05:59 PM   #2
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It uses a 7" sealed beam headlight just like a car uses, it has no separately replaceable bulb.
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Unread 03-10-2009, 05:59 PM   #3
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It's most likely the entire housing if it's stock. My guess is it's stock so it's the entire housing and everything. They're cheap at autozone I get them for $9.89.
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Unread 03-10-2009, 06:07 PM   #4
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alright thanks for the quick responses... how hard is this gonna be as i have a pretty decent toolset at my college house but no garage or anything to work on it in so are we talking like a ten minute swap or an hour project.... hopefully the former as its been rainy and about 35* here in good old NW PA ha
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Swapping a sealed beam headlight is easy though you'll need a screwdriver-like tool with a T-15 torx tip on the end to get the shiney outer trim bezel and retainer ring off that holds the actual headlight in place. Be careful to look closely once you get the shiney bezel off so you don't try to turn the wrong torx-head screws to remove the headlight. There are two torx-head adjustment screws diagonally across from each other on either side of the headlight that are used to aim the headlight and you don't want to turn them.

Only remove the three screws that hold the retainer ring in place (different from the outer shiney trim bezel) that holds the sealed beam headlight. Once that retainer ring is removed, the headlight can be lifted out and unplugged. Should take you no more than 10 minutes start to finish. When you buy the replacement headlight, buy a screwdriver style torx-head that fits the torx screws used on the headlight assembly which is the style needed to remove the headlight. Torx sets like fit onto wrenches are too short and they won't work.
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You are going to need a Torx T-15 bit and thats it. It will take like 10 minutes because I just got my tools out and went outside and took it apart to make sure the bezel screw and the housing screw were the same size. I couldn't remember.
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Unread 03-10-2009, 06:18 PM   #7
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thanks alot guys... as a poor college student i dont have the extra money to go messing up simple things like this... i appreciated it sooo much...
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Unread 03-10-2009, 06:28 PM   #8
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Before replacing it double check the connector at the back of the headlight. I've had mine loose a good connection (the stock wiring is rather pathetic on mine with bare wire showing for at least 5MM before the actual plastic connector on two of the wires) Just take it off, bend the pins on your headlight out a bit and re-connect it and see if it works. If it doesn't then it is indeed bad. I'm going to rewire mine soon with some high temp replacements and wire it up correctly vs how the guys at the factory did it!
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