Last post on Oct 10, 2013 at 7:55 AM
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Toyota Avalon, Future Vehicle, Sedan
#961 of 965 Re: Headlights [urspider76]
Oct 03, 2013 (6:43 am)
Wife owns a lightly used '08 XLS w/ 45K mi. with a dead LH high-beam light, I'm OK with minor repairs and I do not understand this entire issue. The only daytime running lights I've noted are the little, inboard, amber ones costing peanuts, so why are we all talking about daytime running lights contained w/in the high-beams? I'm not even sure about whether those are HIDs, except to know that the HIR-1 bulbs are pretty much obsolete (at a cost of $46 apiece!) and have largely been replaced with some much cheaper 9011s..
She rarely uses her brights and none appear to have exploded or damaged their housings. I don't get it, except to know that trying to replace her dead high-beam bulb is sure to make me remove the battery. The dealer wanted $100 to do this job and I think that it smells. After cycling all the lights, my impression is that the little amber guys are her daytime running lights and that the brights are not; also, that the discussion about that does not apply. Am I wrong?
#962 of 965 Re: Headlights [growler99]
Oct 03, 2013 (11:21 am)
You will need to remove the battery unless you are some sort of contortionist. The high beams are run at a lower voltage for DRL and that has caused carbon build-up on the filaments which cause failure problems. The Toyota solution is a new design headlight module that I have read are $1000 plus per unit to have replaced.
I bought a used 2008 Avalon last Fall and my wife, who does not use high beams very often, discovered that they both were not working. Both of the bulbs were broken, I assume from a mini explosion. I replaced both the bulbs with the $46 bulbs and the drivers side did require battery removal. I was not aware of the 9011 bulbs being a replacement bulb. Wondering if these will work as the DRL in low voltage mode. I would be interested in what you find.
#963 of 965 Re: headlight bulb [neophyte99]
Oct 03, 2013 (12:50 pm)
Can you tell me what the bulb specifications you're using for both the low and High HID bulbs? Thanks
#964 of 965 Re: Headlights [growler99]
Oct 10, 2013 (2:32 am)
If you know a good mechanic you may want to get an estimate from them to replace the bulb. The real problem is with the high and low bulbs. I suggest you get a copy of the extended warranty covering the headlight assembly replacement, which is covers cars with less than 72K miles. I had a quote for $2500 to replace the assemblies. Since I was not under the warranty I chose to replace bulbs and see how it goes. I have replace the high beams twice and both low beams once. So far they are still working, and I have 106K miles. Good luck.
#965 of 965 Re: Headlights [rstocking]
Oct 10, 2013 (7:55 am)
Thank you, but meanwhile I did learn about and find their "Warranty Enhancement Notice" #CSC-10042925-9889 applying to 2008-10 Avs, which my wife never got in the mail. If EITHER of the hi-beam(s)/DRL(s) explode or just fail w/in 5 years of in-service date or 72k miles, whichever is less, TOY says they will replace BOTH sides' housings & bulbs free w/ redesigns. As wife's miles are v.lo. and her in-service date was 10/30/08, she is just going to sneak under the wire and save $2600-2800. Yippee! So much for Grossinger Toyota, which did not tell her this in order to sell her a bulb, which is not a lasting fix. Nor does this cover the low beams which, fortunately, are still OK.