Severe weather is a common occurrence in the Buckeye State. When you drive in dense fog conditions, the light provided by regular headlights can reflect off the water vapor in the air and back into your eyes. This impairs your visibility when driving in wintry Ohio weather. Because they are mounted lower on the vehicle and have a wide beam that is angled toward the ground, fog lights reduce glare and help you to see the road better. The beam is also aimed slightly to the side so that it does not reflect directly off the rain, snow and fog. It travels further and covers a wider portion of the road ahead, including the dark edges, enabling you to see road imperfections and hazards sooner. As a result, fog lights can reduce accidents and make driving much safer in low visibility conditions caused by fog, rain and snow. The lights also add a stylish touch to your minivan. Available in several different models, Sienna OEM fog lights are designed to fit the existing factory openings.
How to Install Fog Lights
Installing new fog lights on your minivan is a do-it-yourself project that can greatly improve your visibility when driving in bad weather. Most kits come with a set of detailed installation instructions. The process can usually be accomplished with a few hand tools as well as some basic mechanical and electrical knowledge. The following is a general guide to get you started.
Select Your Model of Fog Lights
Some jurisdictions have laws and restrictions governing the type and color of fog lights that can be installed. Ensure that your lights are approved for road use by the Department of Transportation and in compliance with your local ordinances.
Choose the Bulb Type
You can select one of the three main types of bulbs used in fog lights. Pick the one that best fits your circumstances.
• Lights Emitting Diode (LED) produces a very bright light and has a long service life. They are less prone to vibrations and use less energy. The one drawback is cost. They are the most expensive type of bulb.
• High Intensity Discharge (HID) bulbs use xenon gas to produce a bright light similar to daytime. They are in the middle of the price range.
• Halogen bulbs are the cheapest and most widely available. The oldest type of bulb, they use a single filament and halogen gas to create the light. Because they burn hot, halogen bulbs are prone to burnout quicker than the other types.
Installing the Lights
Park your vehicle, and ensure that it is turned off with the parking brake set. Raise and secure the hood in the open position. Disconnect the negative battery cable from the terminal. Check your owner’s manual for the position of the fog lights, which are typically installed below the headlights. The manual will also provide the location for the fog light switch.
Open the light kit, and ensure that you have all the required parts. Read the instructions thoroughly, and assemble the tools and any supplies that you need. You most likely will need a screwdriver, wrench set and electrical tape.
Install the Wiring
Locate the wiring pass through hole in the firewall. Run the wires that will connect with the switch through the hole and up under the dash. Remove the panel covering the pre-engineered switch position. Run the wires from behind the dash, through the opening and connect them to the switch following the color-coded pattern in the instructions, which includes a ground wire. Secure the switch in place.
You will need to connect a wire, usually green in color, to the ignition fuse, which may be located under the dash inside the vehicle or under the hood in the engine compartment. Your owner’s manual will identify the exact location. This wire ensures that your lights only work when the ignition is turned on.
Run the remaining wiring to the locations where the two lights will be mounted. Ensure that the wires do not interfere with the operation of other vehicle components. You may need electrical tape and wiring tools to secure the wires in place.
Install the Light Housings
Locate the pre-engineered cutouts for the lights in the bumper. They can be held in place by screws, bolts or quick disconnect tabs. Remove these panels. Find the mounting points for the fog light housings. Attach the housings to the vehicle’s metal frame using the fasteners supplied with the kit.
Attach the wiring to the back of the housings. If the wiring does not have a pre-installed connector, follow the color-coded wiring instructions. Ensure that the housings are properly grounded. Install the bulbs and the light covers. Connect the negative battery cable. Turn on your Sienna to test the lights.
Adjust the Lights
Park your vehicle 25 feet from a wall. Measure from the ground to the center of the fog light lenses. Mark these positions on the wall. Turn on the fog lights. Use a screwdriver to adjust the beams so that they are facing straightforward and the top of the light is approximately 4 inches below the marks on the wall. Once you have made the proper adjustments, install any trim pieces designed to cover the gap between the fog light housings and the bumper.
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