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Headlight parts have come loose

PostPosted by steverav4me » Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:06 am

My mechanic pointed out to me that there were parts floating around inside the headlights on my RAV. These appear to be crown shaped reflectors that - I'm assuming - normally sit around the main bulb. Please can someone enlighten me as to how or why these have fallen off, and how to refit them ensuring that it does not happen again? Thanks.

BTW, I did just upload photos to Photobucket but it seems they are now charging for the facility, hence it did not work. Anyone suggest a good, free alternative?
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Re: Headlight parts have come loose

PostPosted by Hoovie » Tue Jul 18, 2017 1:12 pm

part 2 ... I am using Flickr now, but quite a few other options

part 1 ... I have this recollection of other people having similar issues and is was down to the parts rusting off? maybe others can confirm/correct/advise but I think answer is new headlights :(
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Re: Headlight parts have come loose

PostPosted by philip42h » Tue Jul 18, 2017 1:25 pm

Hoovie wrote:part 2 ... I am using Flickr now, but quite a few other options

part 1 ... I have this recollection of other people having similar issues and is was down to the parts rusting off? maybe others can confirm/correct/advise but I think answer is new headlights :(

I thought I remembered it too: Headlight Bulb Shield
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Re: Headlight parts have come loose

PostPosted by uncle_p » Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:36 am

I broke one of these on my 4.2 and repaired it by gluing it back in place. I might have done a post about it... I'll check back in my history and have a look.
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Re: Headlight parts have come loose

PostPosted by uncle_p » Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:40 am

Hope this helps..

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Re: Headlight parts have come loose

PostPosted by steverav4me » Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:14 pm

Thanks guys. I've had quotes from various suppliers. One of them sent photos. Problem is, his headlights seem to lack the upper, outer side, well defined oval indicator section that mine have, they just have near vertical 'lines' in the glass. On mine, the outside edge has horizontal 'lines' in the glass only at the bottom, then above, this well defined oval area for the indicator. What's going on? are the ones I'm being offered from an earlier or later RAV4.2? They do say Toyota on them.

(Photobucket not working for me, have to get a new hoster)
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Re: Headlight parts have come loose

PostPosted by Big Kev » Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:47 pm

steverav4me wrote:Thanks guys. I've had quotes from various suppliers. One of them sent photos. Problem is, his headlights seem to lack the upper, outer side, well defined oval indicator section that mine have, they just have near vertical 'lines' in the glass. On mine, the outside edge has horizontal 'lines' in the glass only at the bottom, then above, this well defined oval area for the indicator. What's going on? are the ones I'm being offered from an earlier or later RAV4.2? They do say Toyota on them.

(Photobucket not working for me, have to get a new hoster)


Steve.....those are pre facelift headlights you are describing.....yours is one of the last 4.2's and has the yella bulb "integral bulgey bit". Those lights NOT suitable....
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Re: Headlight parts have come loose

PostPosted by steverav4me » Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:28 pm

Thanks Kev, that's what I thought.

Ok, I've just been to my local friendly MOT test station and they tested the headlight beam patterns; perfectly fine, no issues, they pass/will pass an MOT. It appears that those crown shaped reflectors that have come adrift are for the purpose of reflecting light coming off the sides of the headlight bulb back towards the main reflector (to increase overall intensity?). They are not for the purpose of actual beam shape or control or anything like that. So, phew. just saved myself a few hundred quid :s_drinks
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Re: Headlight parts have come loose

PostPosted by Big Kev » Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:42 pm

steverav4me wrote:Thanks Kev, that's what I thought.

Ok, I've just been to my local friendly MOT test station and they tested the headlight beam patterns; perfectly fine, no issues, they pass/will pass an MOT. It appears that those crown shaped reflectors that have come adrift are for the purpose of reflecting light coming off the sides of the headlight bulb back towards the main reflector (to increase overall intensity?). They are not for the purpose of actual beam shape or control or anything like that. So, phew. just saved myself a few hundred quid :s_drinks


.......but I would fear the resultant loss of reflectification may come home to roost in dark winter nights, but like me, if you do little night driving, who cares.....? Maybe upgrade bulbs to offset....?
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Re: Headlight parts have come loose

PostPosted by steverav4me » Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:00 am

Big Kev wrote:
steverav4me wrote:Thanks Kev, that's what I thought.

Ok, I've just been to my local friendly MOT test station and they tested the headlight beam patterns; perfectly fine, no issues, they pass/will pass an MOT. It appears that those crown shaped reflectors that have come adrift are for the purpose of reflecting light coming off the sides of the headlight bulb back towards the main reflector (to increase overall intensity?). They are not for the purpose of actual beam shape or control or anything like that. So, phew. just saved myself a few hundred quid :s_drinks


.......but I would fear the resultant loss of reflectification may come home to roost in dark winter nights, but like me, if you do little night driving, who cares.....? Maybe upgrade bulbs to offset....?


I live in a very dark forest area and I haven't noticed a problem with the effectiveness of my headlights, so no further investigation or work planned on that score. If it ain't broke, don't fix it..

BTW, I just did my annual T-Cut of the headlights to 'de-yellow' them. Always looks loads better when done, takes away the 'tired old car' look!
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