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Toyota 4Runner Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a low beam, high beam, turn signal or side marker light bulb in a 5th generation 2010-2016 4Runner.

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2015 4Runner Headlight
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Grey Plastic Dust Cover
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise

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 low beam, high beam, front turn signal or side marker light bulb in the headlight housings.

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 numbers are as follows: Low Beam # H11, High Beam # 9005, Front Turn Signal # 7444NA and Front Side Marker 2825 or W5W.

No tools are needed to access and replace the low beam or high beam headlight bulbs.

To change the front turn signal and side marker light bulbs, you'll need a 10mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench or a Phillips head screwdriver.

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Dust Cap Removed
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Base of Old Low Beam
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Pull Back Retaining Clip
The first two steps are to open the hood and then move to the side of the SUV with the burnt out headlight bulb.

The Low Beam headlight bulb is located near the middle of the housing.

Reach in behind the headlight assembly and twist off the light grey plastic dust cover by rotating it 1/4 turn counterclockwise.

Set the dust cap aside in a safe place.

Gently pull back the black plastic retaining clip on the low beam bulb's electrical connector before sliding it straight off.

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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Low Beam Bulb Removed
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Philips H11 LL Low Beam
Rotate the base of the old low beam bulb 1/4 turn counterclockwise and remove it from the housing.

The OEM bulb was a Philips H11 LL 12V 55W.

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Empty Bulb Socket
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Insert New H11 Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Try to avoid touching the glass part of the new halogen bulb with your fingers or anything greasy in the engine bay.

If you do get the new bulb dirty, wipe it clean with a paper towel moistened with rubbing alcohol.

Insert a new H11 light bulb in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Push the power plug straight on to the base of the new bulb until it clicks securely in to place.

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Twist On Dust Cap
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High Beam - Inner Corner
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Base of Old High Beam
Replace the grey plastic dust cover by twisting it in on the clockwise direction.

The High Beam bulb is located closer to the inner edge of the headlight housing.

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Push In Release Tab
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Remove Old High Beam
Gently push in the release tab on the electrical connector before sliding the plug straight off the base of the old high beam light bulb.

Rotate the base of the old light bulb 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

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Old # 9005 Halogen
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Empty Bulb Housing
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Insert New # 9005 Bulb
Avoid touching the glass part of the new high beam bulb with your fingers or anything greasy in the engine bay.

If you do get the new bulb dirty, wipe it clean with an alcohol moistened paper towel.

Insert the new number 9005 high beam bulb in to the socket and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Push On Power Plug
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Turn Signal & Side Marker
Push the power plug straight on to the base of the new high beam bulb until it clicks securely in to place.

To access the Front Turn Signal and Side Marker light bulb sockets, you will need to go in through the wheel well.



 

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Turn Front Wheels
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Plastic Wheel Well Liner
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Loosen Counterclockwise
Turn the steering wheel all the way in the opposite direction of the burnt out turn signal or side marker.

Moving the front wheels will create more working room in the wheel well to access the splash guard.

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10mm Screws - Outer Edge
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Remove Bottom Screw
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Top Wheel Well Screw
Remove the four screws along the outer edge of the black plastic wheel well liner or "splash shield" by turning them counterclockwise with a Phillips head screwdriver or a 10mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench.
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Remove 10mm Screw
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Four 10mm Screws Removed
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Pull Back Splash Shield
Set the four 10mm / Phillips screws aside in a safe place.

Gently pull back the black plastic wheel well liner to access the turn signal and side marker bulb sockets.

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Turn Signal Bulb Socket
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Bulb Socket Removed
Rotate the grey plastic turn signal bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.
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Pull Out Old 7444NA
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Push In New Turn Signal
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Side Marker Bulb Socket
Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new amber colored number 7444NA bulb.

If you also need to replace the side marker bulb, leave the front turn signal bulb socket out of the housing so you can more easily get a grip on the side marker bulb socket located above it.

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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Side Marker Socket Removed
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Pull Out Old 2825 / W5W
Rotate the brown/orange plastic base of the side marker bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

If you have trouble turning the side marker bulb socket, use a pair of needle nose pliers to help you turn it.

Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket.

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Push In New 2825 Bulb
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Replace Wheel Well Liner
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Replace 10mm Screws
Push a new number 2825 bulb straight in to the socket.

If necessary, you may also be able to use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the number W5W, 168, 158, 194 or a compatible LED unit.

Re-insert the socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

If you haven't already, re-insert the front turn signal bulb socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise.

Push the black plastic wheel well liner back in to place.

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Tighten Clockwise
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Four 10mm Screws Replaced
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Test New Headlight Bulbs
Re-insert the four screws and tighten them in the clockwise direction with a Phillips head screwdriver or a 10mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench.

To test the new light bulbs, turn on the headlights, activate the hazard signals and flash the high beams.

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

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