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Toyota RAV4 Vanity Mirror Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out vanity mirror light bulb above the sun visor of a 4th generation 2013-2016 Toyota RAV4 SUV.

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2013 RAV4 Sun Visor
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Gently Pry Out Left Side
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Pull Down Light Housing

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fourth generation (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and maybe also the refreshed 2017 model year) Toyota RAV4 SUV in changing a burnt out vanity mirror light bulb located in the headliner above the sun visor.

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 is part number 168 or 2825 which are available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, PIAA and Eiko.

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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Pull Out Old Bulb
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Old # 168 Bulb
To prevent from scratching the plastic surfaces, you may choose to cover the tip of your screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth.

Insert the blade of the flathead screwdriver in between the left edge of the light housing and the headliner.

Gently pry out the light housing and pull it out of the headliner.

(You will pry out the left side of the housing on either the driver or passenger side vanity light.)

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket.

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Empty Bulb Socket
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Push In New 168 Bulb
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Re-Insert Wires First
Push a new # 168 or W5W bulb straight in to the socket.

If necessary, you may also be able to use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 158, 2825, 194 or a compatible LED bulb.

Re-insert the wires and the right side of the housing in to the headliner.

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Gently Pop In Left Side
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Light Housing Replaced
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Test New Light Bulb
Gently pop in the retaining clip on the left side of the housing in to the headliner.

Test the new vanity light bulb by closing and opening the mirror cover.

You might also need to turn the ignition switch to the "On" position or press the "Unlock" button on the key fob in order for the vanity lights to turn on after a period of inactivity.

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

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