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Toyota 4Runner Door Step Courtesy Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out courtesy step light bulb in the door panel of a 5th generation 2010-2016 Toyota 4Runner.

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2015 4Runner Door Step Light
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Gently Pry Out Light Housing

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fifth generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Toyota 4Runner SUV in changing a burnt out courtesy step light bulb at the bottom of the door panel.

Owners of other Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles such as the Yaris, Corolla, Matrix, Prius, Camry, RAV4, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, FJ Cruiser, Venza, Highlander, Avalon, Sequoia, Land Cruiser, IS 250, ES 350, GS 350, tC, xB, xD, iQ and FR-S may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The replacement light bulb part number is 168 which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko and PIAA.

The only tool needed to access and replace the bulb is a small flathead screwdriver used to pry out the light housing.

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Light Housing Removed
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Disconnect Power Plug
To prevent from scratching the plastic surfaces, you may want to cover the tip of your screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth.

Insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in between the edge of the light housing and the door panel.

Gently pry out the light housing.

Press the release tab on the electrical connector before sliding the plug straight out of its socket.

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Pull Off Rear Piece
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Lens Cover Removed
Slide back the grey plastic socket housing and detach it from the lens cover.
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Remove Bulb Socket
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Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Detach the bulb socket from the grey plastic cover.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket.

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Push In New # 168
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Re-Attach Plastic Cover
Push a new 168 bulb straight in to the socket.

If necessary, you may also use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the number 2825, 158, 194, W5W or a compatible LED unit.

Slide the grey plastic cover back in to place over the bulb socket.



 

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Light Cover Secured
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Re-Attach Lens Cover
Re-attach the transparent plastic lens cover.
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Lens Cover Secured
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Push In Power Plug
Push the power plug straight in to its socket.
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Re-Insert Wires First
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Pop In Light Housing
First re-insert the wires back in to the opening in the door panel and then gently pop in the light housing.

Test the new courtesy step light bulb by pressing the "Unlock" button on the key fob to activate the interior lights.

For more, check out my other 2010-2016 Toyota 4Runner DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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