Vehicles

Replacing the Headlights (and other light bulbs) on a 2006 Toyota Camry

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I drive a 2006 Toyota Camry which was originally my dad’s. It’s had a lot of mileage already and quite a few dents and scratches, but still in great shape. Back a few months ago in March when it was still winter, I had the unfortunate event of having one of my low beam headlights burn out. It wasn’t so bad, I thought. I still had my other headlight on and the other side had the park light on as a backup. After a couple of weeks of not replacing it (just didn’t have time to get it done and winter makes you lazy) and getting pulled over by a cop informing/reminding me to get my busted headlight replaced, I (with the help of my SO) finally replaced it for the cost of only ~$10! If you ever need your headlights changed, you are better off doing it on your own, rather than having to pay at least $20 per headlight – just for labour! So that’s a total of at least $30 per light! Yes, you read that right. I went to Canadian Tire where I bought the light bulb and asked them how much to get it replaced and that was the labour fee I was quoted.

Two days ago, one driver pulled up beside me while the traffic was stopped and was looking my direction trying to tell me something so I rolled down the passenger side window. He was nice enough to tell me that both my brake lights were out. I actually knew about one of them being out about a month ago when a coworker told me about it when he saw it, but I just forgot about it. So yesterday, I finally went out and bought brake lights for my car and replaced them right away (again with the help of my SO). Pretty easy actually.

Here’s a guide on the light bulb sizes for the 2006 Toyota Camry [Reference: ModifiedLife]:

Low Beam Headlamp Light Bulb Size:
9006
High Beam Headlamp Light Bulb Size:
9005
Parking Light Bulb Size:
2825
Front Turn Signal Light Bulb Size:
4157LL
992 (7440A)
Rear Turn Signal Light Bulb Size:
4157LL
992 (7440A)
Tail Light Bulb Size:
3057
Stop Light Bulb Size:
3057
High Mount Stop Light Bulb Size:
921
Fog/Driving Light Bulb Size:
9006
License Plate Light Bulb Size:
2825
Back Up Light Bulb Size:
921
Front Sidemarker Light Bulb Size:
2825
Rear Sidemarker Light Bulb Size:
2825
Glove Box Light Bulb Size:
168
Map Light Bulb Size:
168
Dome Light Bulb Size:
DE3022
DE3175
Trunk/Cargo Area Light Bulb Size:
168
DE3021

YouTube Videos on How To Replace the Bulbs:

Low Beam Headlamp Light Bulb

Tail/Stop Light Bulb

I also need to replace my front sidemarker light bulb on the right side but I haven’t figured out how to do it yet. I did not find any videos yet for or close to my model car. I will update this post once I am able to replace it already.

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Two-wheeler P.U.M.A. Project by GM and Segway

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Would you look at that? A self-balancing two-wheeled vehicle capable of reaching speeds of 35 mph, something faster than Segway’s personal transporters which have a 12 mph maximum (you know, like the one used in the movie Paul Blart: Mall Cop). This is from the Personal Urban Mobility and Accessibility Project (P.U.M.A.) by the General Motors/Segway tie-up.

This vehicle will have advanced sensing and intuitive user interfaces. It will be able to communicate with vehicles around it, that is, vehicle to vehicle (V2V) communication, reducing the risk of accidents and regulating the flow of traffic.

No price has been released yet for this vehicle, but it’s said to cost 25% of a traditional automobile. Official launch will be at the New York Auto Show this week.

Kind of funny-looking but still awesome. What will they think of next?

First Purchasable Roadable Aircraft a.k.a. Flying Car

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First Flight of the Terrafugia Transition ® at the Plattsburgh International Airport.
First Flight of the Terrafugia Transition ® at the Plattsburgh International Airport.

When I first read the news about the latest flying car developments in February 2009, I was definitely excited. I love driving. I love flying (not that I fly a plane though). So what better way to combine both than to have a flying car!

There’s the Parajet Skycar from Parajet Paramotors, the M400 Skycar volantor from Moller International, and the Transition from Terrafugia.

On March 5th, 2009 the Terrafugia Transition achieved first flight at Plattsburgh International Airport off New York’s I-87, just one hour south of Montreal, Quebec.

Now, you can actually buy your very own Terrafugia Transition Roadable Aircraft, which could go into production next year (2010). The anticipated purchase price is US$194,000 with a US$10,000 airframe refundable deposit. I surely don’t have that money to spend, but just the idea that it is possible to get one soon, makes me happy about it.

A Light Sport Aircraft pilot license will be needed to drive/fly this dual-purpose vehicle. You can become a Sport Pilot in as little as 20 hours of flight time in their specific training course.

Who knows? Maybe someday I will buy one myself.

More information about the vehicle here.