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Toyota Camry Lighting

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  • erpouerpou Posts: 6
    Has anyone had the experience of modifying the Camry to keep the DRLs on all the time to conform to Canadian standards? I'm thinking the switch can just be bypassed somehow, but I'm hoping someone has done this before and can share the secret.

    eric :confuse:
  • carl56carl56 Posts: 3
    Does anyone have information on whether or not fog lights can be installed on the LE, 2008, Camry?
  • I have a 2004 Camry and twice now in the past 6 months both my Low Beam light have blown for no apparent reason. Check all fuses all were good. Short in switch?
  • When I brought my car to Canadia Tire for Federal Inspection, the technician told me that my 08 Camry SE V6 need to modify the DRL (It has built in DRL, but has an option to turn off - which is not allowed by RIV). They charge me $280 + tax to do the modification. I check some other CT location, and one charge only $240 + tax, so better call around to see which one is cheaper. You may do it in small gargage which cost you much less, but I am not sure if they can do a proper job because you don't want your brand new car short it up after.
  • Can the fog light be turned on during the day? I found after I modified the DRL which can be turned on all the time, my fog light can't be turned on no matter what during the day. It works fine during the night time. I think it is because of the light senser. Is it normal?

    My car is 08 camry SE V6
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    I doubt it.

    Bulbs tend to blow (filament breaks), if either the bulb is physically jolted....or they are given too high of a voltage (which then causes too high of a current across a fixed resistance V=iR).

    Unless someone is vandalizing your bulbs by whacking them, you have to look to basic electrical problems.

    Since the bulbs are made to run at full battery voltage, if they are getting a "higher" voltage there is something wrong with your alternator, corrosion/loose wiring connections, or potentially your battery.

    I'd suggest making sure your battery terminals and wires are clean with no corrosion. Check your ground connection on the engine to make sure it isn't loose and you are loosing your ground reference. Most autoparts chains (pepboys, autozone, etc), will do a free battery and alternator check on the car....under load. Have that done to make sure you don't have too high of a voltage from your alternator.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    In the US at least, the low-beam headlights must be turned on for the fog lights to work. In all other headlight switch positions (daytime running lamps, parking lamps, or high-beam headlights), the fog lights will not illuminate, regardless of the fog lights' switch position.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    "In the US at least...."

    No, this all started with the invasion into the US of the asian automotive industry. Prior to that happening (~1980's [??]) most US manufactured cars, like those today of european manufacture, allowed the use of fogs ALONE, or with low beams, but locked out in HB mode.

    Fog lights are useless in actual foggy conditions, daytime conditions, when illuminated along with LB's, and a detriment to forward vision when LB mode is needed.

    :sick: Idiotic..!!

    But then the Japanese are HEAVILY into BLING
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Are you sure about your assertions? I thought federal regulations prohibited the use of fog lamps if anything other than the low-beam headlights are also on. I do see people driving around with only fogs (typically on pickups or SUVs), but I assumed these were do-it-yourself modifications.

    I would think fogs alone would be dangerous, because they only light up the road a short distance ahead and to the sides. The low beams allow greater illumination into the distance, but won't reflect their light back at you in foggy conditions because of their aim downward and to the right.

    Much more annoying to me is that so many people use their fog lights all the time at night, regardless of the weather. And people seem to shun using their high beams (laziness)? I hardly ever use my fog lights, since fog is relatively rare here (central VA).
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    I don't know of any laws or regulations governing this but it is patently foolish to have fog lights on along with either high or low beams. There is a law involving the required use of headlights, something on the orde rof they must be on by 30 minutes after sunset and until 30 minutes before sunrise.

    That leaves the only legal and reasonable use of fog lights to be during "daytime" foggy conditions.

    Think about it, if you have your low beams on and they are being of use, of what good is having CLOSE-IN, LOW and WIDE additional lighting using the fog lights...??
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    I believe most states have closed the 30-minute window during twilight when headlights didn't have to be on.

    I don't have a lot of experience with fog lights -- my 2005 Camry is the first car in over 30 years of car ownership to have them. I do know that for Toyota and GM at least, the fog lights can only be turned on when the low-beam headlights are on.

    During the day in fog, I would think the most important lights to have on are your low beams, so that other drivers can see you coming. The next time it's really foggy at night (rare where I live), I'll have to see if the fog lights make any difference in forward visibility.
  • A couple questions. I have an 06 Camry LE and was wondering if the cover on the bumper comes of to insert the fog lights? Since i saw in an earlier post that said that it comes off for the 02-05 years, but not 06. Please i would greatly appreciate this knowledge. And what exactly would i need to buy to get the fog lights installed?Thank you in advance.
  • I would like to get the factory style fog lights, but I can't seem to find them, on top of the fact fog lights for 00, 01 were rare as anything. i believe I would have to cut a part of the front bumper out to fit both round fog lights, at least it looks that way when I see factory fog lights on a picture of a camry. Any websites???
  • ferdy3ferdy3 Posts: 1
    Greetings,

    I own a 1995 Camry, 4 cylinder, with 156K on it. This morning, my High Beams are disfunctional, and in part, because the lever will no longer move forward to engage them, but does pull back - though now the wipers come on.

    I did use mt wipers and high beams successfully on Saturday, but for some reason, this morning when I proceeded to work, I was unable to push outward the actual lever to turn them on. Typically, when the lever is pulled toward you, the high beams are engaged until the lever is released. This of course is the same lever which engages the wipers - when I pull the lever down through a series of notches, the wipers work from low to high - and still does. But now, when I pull the lever towards me, the wipers come on!

    Is this a fuse/relay issue? It''s never happened before.

    Ferdy
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    Sounds like your switch lever is bad
  • I second that, switch lever.

    I'd go to Autozone and rent the free steering wheel puller, remove the steering wheel and then the assembly you are having problems with. Sometimes it can be disassembled and maybe fixed. Or you can buy a new assembly, $$$300.00
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    There's airbag's on that year, right?
  • Not sure about airbag, but that requries more steps to avoid deployment.
  • 210delray210delray Posts: 4,722
    Yes, the 1995 Camry has driver and passenger frontal airbags.

    Do you really need to pull the steering wheel? I changed out the wiper/headlight switch on my 1990 Mercury Sable (which had a driver airbag) without having to remove the wheel.
  • Rob_8Rob_8 Posts: 1
    I have a 99 Camry. Both low beams went out but the High beams still work. I checked the fuses and the bulbs(both filiments). When you turn the lights on it sounds like the switch relay is working but no low beams. Any ideas.
  • any advise with installing replacement fog lamp on Camry SE 2005. Drove thru snow bank and broke clips.
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    Can't you get replacement parts at the toyota dealership? or is it the lamp itself that is broken. If it is the lamp, you may be able to buy a replacement on the internet.

    I've bought a replacement tail light on my 2007 couple years ago.
  • Anybody know how to get to the heating/cooling illumination lights on a 1994 Camry? I have bulbs out and want to know if there is an easy way to get to them or if you have to take the entire dash board out. I am going to sell the car otherwise I would not care.

    Thanks for the help
  • Both low beams on my 1998 camry stopped working..The high beams and all the other lights work...I changed both bulbs and checked the fuses but that did not help...Any ideas
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    Do you have DRL (Daytime Running Lights), or not?

    Different electricals, depending upon whether you have DRL.
  • My 2004 Camry just started this same problem with the dim lights. I took it this morning to the local dealership for a fix. Will let you know what they found.
  • The dim lights on my Camry quit working. The DRL's and the bright lights work fine. Fuses and bulbs are good. What else could this be, any ideas or experience with this problem?
  • The "Service Engine Soon" light keeps coming on and off. Changed fuel cap,,no luck. Car runs great whether the light is on or off. What's the deal with this. Any ideas. The dealership just said drive it until the light stays on and doesn't reset. I hate seeing this light on in my dash. Can someone offer a solution?
  • kiawahkiawah Posts: 3,666
    What do you mean, when you say "dim lights". Are you talking about the normal parking lights on all four corners of the car?
  • MY CONCERN IS THE DEAD ZONE CREATED BY THE HEAD LIGHTS ON MY CAR. THE PROJECTION OF THE HEADLIGHTS ON MY CAR ARE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS DUE TO THE DEAD ZONE IN FRONT OF THE VEHICLE. THE HEADLIGHTS HAVE BEEN ADJUSTED MULTIPLE TIMES AND THE DEALER RESPONSE IS" THAT IS JUST THE WAY THESE NEW HEADLIGHTS ARE".

    ON DARK ROADS IT IS HIGHLY PROBABLE THAT AN ACCIDENT MAY OCCUR BECAUSE YOU CANNOT SEE WHERE YOU ARE GOING AND IF THERE IS A SLIGHT CURVE TO THE ROAD IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO TELL WHICH WAY THE ROAD IS GOING. ON MY LAST TRIP AT NIGHT WE HAD 3 OCCASIONS THAT IF WE HAD NOT FLASHED THE HIGH BEAMS WE MOST CERTAINLY WOULD HAVE HAVE A WRECK.
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