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Camry Headlamp "Assembly"

Camry Headlamp "assembly"
Originally uploaded by daveterry.
When my headlamp went out I imagined it a simple bulb replacement.


I discovered that the bulb was soldered into a mounting device.

So, a few quesitons:
  • Why can't I just change the bulb?
  • Why must the entire "assembly" be replaced?
  • Why is the bulb soldered into the mount?
  • Who designed this?
This is like forcing someone to buy a new phone when their battery has to be replaced. Or buying a new engine when the plugs need changing. What were they thinking?

The mounting device of course, costs more than a simple bulb. It's got a gasket and a connectivity gizmo for the headlight harness. The "assembly" costs about $23.00!

All I wanted was a bulb but had to buy "the assembly."

I'm just going to ride a bike to work.

I feel like I am diagonally parked in a parallel universe. - Stephen Wright

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2 Responses to “Camry Headlamp "Assembly"”

  1. # Anonymous Anonymous

    Why can't I just change the bulb?
    - That would be too easy. The manufacturer wants to make more money and simplify the procedure for technicians

    Why must the entire "assembly" be replaced?
    - see above

    Why is the bulb soldered into the mount?
    - see above

    Who designed this?
    - some engineer who laughs himself to sleep every night  

  2. # Blogger dave terry

    Ahhh...so true, so true.

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