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Toyota RAV4 Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out brake, rear turn signal, reverse or parking bulb in a 4th generation 2013-2016 Toyota RAV4.

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This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fourth generation (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and perhaps also the revised 2017 model year) Toyota RAV4 in changing a burnt out brake, rear turn signal, reverse and parking light bulb in the tail light housings.

Owners of other Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles such as the Yaris, Matrix, Prius, Camry, Corolla, 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 bulb part numbers are as follows: Brake # 7443 or W21/5W, Rear Turn Signal # 7440 or W21W, Parking Light # 194 and Reverse # 921.

The only tools required to access and replace the tail light bulbs include a 10mm socket, a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench and a flathead screwdriver.

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Loosen 10mm Bolt
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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Two Bolts Removed
The first two steps are to open the cargo tailgate door and then move to the side of the vehicle with the burnt out tail light bulb.

Then loosen the two bolts on the inner edge of the tail light housing by turning them counterclockwise with the 10mm socket and 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench.

Set the two bolts aside in a safe place.

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Pull Off Tail Light Housing
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Gently Pry - Outer Edge
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Turn Over Assembly
Gently pull the tail light housing straight off the rear corner of the SUV.

The tail light assembly is still held in place by a slot attached to the head of a plastic pop rivet.

To loosen the friction fastener, carefully pry back on the outer edge of the tail light housing with a screwdriver wrapped in a thin towel or a plastic automotive panel removal tool.

Be careful and avoid using excessive force to prevent from cracking the front outer corner of the plastic tail light housing.

Turn over the tail light housing to access the bulb sockets.

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Access Bulb Sockets
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Pull Out Old Brake Bulb
The Brake light bulb socket is located at the top of the outer tail light housing.

Rotate the tan colored bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 7443 (or W21/5W) bulb.

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Push In New # 7443
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Rear Turn Signal Socket
Re-insert the bulb socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

The Rear Turn Signal light bulb socket is located at the bottom of the assembly.

Rotate the grey light bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise and pull it out of the housing.

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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Pull Out Old # 7440 Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Pull the old turn signal bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 7440 or W21W bulb.

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

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Line Up Slot & Peg
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Push On Tail Light Housing
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Tighten 10mm Bolts
Line up the slot on the back of the tail light housing's outer edge with the white plastic mounting point on the vehicle.

Gently push the tail light housing back in to place on the rear corner of the SUV.

Re-insert the two 10mm bolts and tighten them in the clockwise direction until they are snug.



 

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Tighten 2nd Clockwise
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Reverse & Parking Light
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Plastic Access Panel
Try to avoid over tightening the bolts to prevent from cracking the plastic inner edge of the tail light housing.

The Reverse and Parking Light bulbs are located in a separate housing attached to the cargo tailgate door.

Open the tailgate door and locate the square plastic access panel.

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Gently Pry Out Cover
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Access Cover Removed
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Light Bulb Sockets
Insert the blade of the flathead screwdriver in to one of the two notches on the top edge of the access cover.

Gently pry out the access panel and set it aside in a safe place.

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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Pull Out Old # 194 Bulb
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Reverse Light Bulb Socket
The Parking Light bulb socket is located on the outer edge of the housing.

Rotate the small gray bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old parking light bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 194 bulb.

If necessary, you may also use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # W5W, 2825, 158, 168 or a compatible LED unit.

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

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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Bulb Socket Removed
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Pull Out Old # 921 Bulb
The Reverse light bulb socket is located at the inner part of the housing.

Rotate the larger gray bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 921 bulb.

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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Re-Insert Plastic Tabs
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Pop In Top Edge
Re-insert the reverse bulb socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Line up the plastic access panel and re-insert the tabs on the bottom edge.

Then gently pop in the top edge of the panel.

Test the new tail light bulbs by having someone step on the brake pedal, activate the hazard signals and place the transmission in reverse.

For more, check out my other 2013-2016 Toyota RAV4 DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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