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#679 of 965 Re: 2008 avalon hid bulbs [whetherson]
Jan 28, 2010 (12:37 pm)
I think he was correct.
I just did had the same thing done yesterday. '08 Limited with the autoleveling HID headlights. I paid $100 on Amazon for the bulbs and had them installed at a body shop where I know the owner personally so hopefully I didn't get ripped off. He charged $115, and yes indeed, he said you do have to drop the bumper to change the bulbs. So, your $250 is in the ballpark. Unbelievable that they design it this way. Still better than the $800!!! the local Toyota dealer tried to rip me off for. I have been disappointed by Toyota and their supposed reputation for reliability and great service.
Are you scared to drive the Avvy? I just keep my hand on the shifter ready to hit Neutral.
#680 of 965 Re: 2008 avalon hid bulbs [mlingga]
Jan 28, 2010 (2:50 pm)
I can't say for sure about removing the bumper cover....But on my 08 Touring I just went to my garage and popped the hood. LOOKING DOWN FROM THE FRONT WITHOUT REMOVING ANYTHING....on the passenger side there is the normal high beam bulb connector and next to it is a 3 1/2 inch cover over the low beam with an arrow. I rotated the cover and it came off exposing a large connector for the HID bulb but with a retaining spring just like some of the H4 bulb headlight retaining springs. I didn't remove it but it appeared there was plenty of room to do so. On the driver side there is much less room. It appears that you might have to remove the battery and loosen and move the circuit breaker box back out of the way.
You can remove the bumper to remove the headlight assembly to access the HID bulb but why bother if you can just move the battery. You may or may not have trouble with the circuit box but if you don't like trouble then have someone else do it.
As for the recall.....
There were and average of 132 acceleration problems per year for all of Toyota. That's 132 out of at least 10 million vehicle.... maybe more. It's more likely that you'll be murdered.(1 in 18000) than have an accelerator stick (1 in 75000). That said, if your pedal is giving you ANY trouble then DON'T DRIVE IT. If your car has a lot of miles maybe you want to get it checked out sooner than if you only have 35,000 like I do.
#681 of 965 Re: Intermittent left headlight drop out on 08 Avalon
Feb 06, 2010 (10:29 am)
My 08 Avalon Touring will intermittently lose the left low beam headlight. It works again after I move the light switch on the stalk from Auto to Parking, then back to Auto. It is starting to drop out more frequently now, always correctable with the above switch movement. Doesn't sound like the bulb. Any suggestions?
#682 of 965 Re: Intermittent left headlight drop out on 08 Avalon [erhaft]
Feb 06, 2010 (12:37 pm)
If your Touring does indeed use the D4R HID bulb, and NOT the standard halogens on other non-HID Avalons, then it is almost certainly the bulb . Take a minute to go and read the series of posts from me, whetherson etc from the last rew weeks. They include a link to the Toyota service bulletin in which they admit that the same problem noted in the Prius (which also uses the D4R bulb) is indeed due solely to bulb failure. And, as additional evidence, my '08 Limited which was having the same problem has been completely corrected with just bulb replacement.
#683 of 965 Re: Intermittent left headlight drop out on 08 Avalon [erhaft]
Feb 06, 2010 (12:49 pm)
I had the same problem with my 08 Limited. The bulb will continue to go out at shorter and shorter intervals. It is the bulb -- bought one on Ebay for under $ 40 and changed it my self. Drivers side bulb will require the removal of the battery and possibly loosening of the fuse box
#684 of 965 Re: headlight bulb [mlingga]
Feb 06, 2010 (12:55 pm)
My Avalon is a 2008 Limited and the replacement bulb I purchased is a D4R (4300K) bulb. I would assume that since the bulb is fixed that the auto level feature results in the reflector moving not the bulb. Changed the bulb two weeks ago - all is like new again.
#685 of 965 2008 Avalon Used
Feb 11, 2010 (3:30 pm)
Are Avalons engine noisey. The dealer said that they are. I been experiencing clicking noise when the car runs for awhile. It does not when i start it up in the morning. Is this normal.
#686 of 965 2008 Avalon fuel filter
Feb 11, 2010 (5:09 pm)
How often should the fuel filter on a 208 Avalon be changed? Where is it located? Is it difficult to change?
Thanks in advance for any assistance.
#687 of 965 Re: 2008 Avalon Used [lewgeor]
Feb 11, 2010 (7:11 pm)
I find my '08 Avalon very quite. Sometimes it's hard to tell it's running.
The other post about fuel filters: I believe they change every 45,000 miles.
#688 of 965 Re: headlight bulb [urspider76]
Feb 13, 2010 (6:59 am)
urspider76: Where did you get your bulbs from? Mine are still okay but would like to know where they're available when the time comes...