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Toyota 4Runner License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the tailgate door of a 5th generation 2010-2016 Toyota 4Runner.

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2015 4Runner License Plate
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Left License Plate Light

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 license plate light bulb in the tailgate door.

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 is part number 2825 or W5W which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, PIAA and Eiko.

The only tool needed to access and replace the light bulbs is a Phillips head screwdriver.

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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Remove 2nd Screw
Remove the two screws that secure the license plate light housing lens cover in place by turning them counterclockwise with a Phillips head screwdriver.

Set the two screws aside in a safe place.

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Two Phillips Head Screws
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Remove Lens Cover
Pull out the lens cover and set it aside in a safe place.
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Bulb Housing & Socket
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Pull Out Old Light Bulb
If the old bulb was recently illuminated, be careful when you remove it since it might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.

Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket.

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Old # 2825 or W5W
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Push In New 2825 Bulb
Push a new number 2825 or W5W bulb straight in to the socket.

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

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Line Up Lens Cover
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Lens Cover Replaced
Line up the two plastic pegs on the lens cover with their corresponding holes in the light housing.

Push the lens cover back in to place.

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Re-Insert Two Screws
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Tighten Phillips Clockwise
Re-insert the two screws and tighten them in the clockwise direction with the Phillips head screwdriver.
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Lens Cover Secured
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Test License Plate Lights
Test the new license plate light bulbs by turning on the headlights or by pressing the "Unlock" button on the key fob.

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

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