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Common headlight level motor failure?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by sk8142, Mar 25, 2017.

  1. Mar 25, 2017 at 3:53 PM
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    sk8142

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    My passenger side headlight level function stopped working recently so I pulled the back cover off to inspect the electric motor. I definitely wasn't expecting to find a completely rusted motor and circuit board on this thing so my question is... is this a common issue? This motor has never been apart (headlights have been retrofitted but he said he doesn't mess with them) so I have no idea why the rubber seal failed and allowed water inside.

    housing.jpg motor.jpg
     
  2. Mar 25, 2017 at 4:05 PM
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    First I have heard of it. Maybe the seal wasn't seated properly from the factory?
     
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  3. Mar 25, 2017 at 11:30 PM
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    I have never heard of this either.

    Throw this one into the bin of things that usually never happen, and you are the 1 in a few hundred thousand.
     
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  4. Mar 26, 2017 at 8:22 AM
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    Guess I'll have to do that. That bin just cost me 150.00 dollars. :(

    Any info on how to remove the old one and install a new one?
     
  5. Mar 26, 2017 at 8:37 AM
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    Sean, I think the manual adjustment (the part that sticks through the housing) unscrews all the way out but wait until somebody more educated on this comes along.
     
  6. Mar 26, 2017 at 10:33 AM
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    I believe the guys with Spyder headlights usually remove their OEM motors to put in their Spyder's, @Sean266 any experience?

    I forget who else has them off the top of my head.
     
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  7. Mar 26, 2017 at 10:49 AM
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    Counterclockwise to remove it.
     
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  8. Mar 26, 2017 at 6:20 PM
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    I'm thinking I'll swap the internals from the replacement motor into the existing motor already attached to my headlights. I don't want to tinker with them too much so I think swapping internals and seal would cause the least amount of disturbance.
     
  9. Sep 16, 2017 at 6:06 AM
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    Mine went bad as well i can not find where to order one with out the whole light tho?
     
  10. Sep 16, 2017 at 6:15 AM
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    Check with some of the vendors on here that are parts slingers at dealerships. I have always had great service getting factory Toyota parts.

    @Roman
     
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  11. Sep 16, 2017 at 8:14 AM
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    Yikes! Need to check mine..got me thinking cause says u live in Washington all sea breeze sea salt lots humidity? I live in Houston i have window vents i have my windows cracked n my seat frames at bottom rusting need check my HL motors
     

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