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Toyota Corolla Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out brake, rear turn signal and reverse light bulb in an 11th generation 2014 to 2018 Toyota Corolla.

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2014 Corolla Tail Lights
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Open Trunk Lid
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Pry Out Pop Rivet

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the eleventh generation (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018) Toyota Corolla in changing a burnt out brake, rear turn signal or reverse bulb in the tail light housings.

Owners of other Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles such as the Yaris, 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 bulb part numbers are as follows: Brake # 7443, Rear Turn Signal 7440A or WY21W and Reverse # 921.

To access and replace the tail light bulbs, you'll need a flathead screwdriver, a plastic pop rivet pry bar tool or a pair of needle nose pliers.

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Black Plastic Fastener
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Pull Out Second Fastener
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Two Pop Rivets Removed
The first two steps are to open the trunk lid and then move to the side of the car with the burnt out tail light bulb.

Locate the two black plastic pop rivet friction fasteners that hold the rear corner of the carpeted trunk liner in place.

Use a tool such as a flathead screwdriver, plastic pry bar or a pair of needle nose pliers to pull out the two pop rivets.

Set the two pop rivets aside in a safe place.

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Pull Back Carpet Liner
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Turn Signal & Brake Sockets
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Gently pull back the carpet trunk liner to access the bulb sockets.

The Rear Turn Signal bulb socket is located at the top of the housing.

Rotate the grey plastic turn signal bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

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Rear Turn Signal Light Bulb
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Pull Out Old Light Bulb
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Push In New 7440A Bulb
Pull the old turn signal bulb straight out of the socket.

Push a new number 7440A, 7440NA or WY21W bulb straight in to the socket.

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Turn Signal Bulb Housing
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Brake
Re-insert the socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

The Brake light bulb socket is located at the bottom of the housing.

Rotate the tan / orange bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

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Brake Light Bulb Socket
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Pull Out Old Light Bulb
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Push In New # 7443
Pull the old brake light bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new number 7443 bulb.

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



 

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Push Carpet Back In Place
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Re-Insert Two Pop Rivets
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Push In Lower Fastener
Gently push the trunk carpet liner back in to place.

Push the two black plastic pop rivets back in to place to secure the trunk liner.

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Reverse Light Housing
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Plastic Access Cover
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Pull Off Access Panel
The Reverse light bulb is located in a separate housing attached to the trunk lid.

Look on the underside of the trunk lid and locate the black plastic access cover.

Gently pull off the reverse bulb access cover and set it aside in a safe place.

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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Reverse Bulb Socket
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Pull Out Old # 921 Bulb
Rotate the reverse light bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket.

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Push In New # 921 Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Line Up Plastic Cover
Push a new number 921 bulb straight in to the socket.

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

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Pop Cover Back In Place
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Plastic Cover Secured
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Test New Tail Light Bulbs
Line up the black plastic access cover and gently snap it back in to place over the reverse bulb socket.

To test the new tail light bulbs, have someone turn on the headlights, activate the hazard signals and place the transmission in reverse.

For more, check out my other 2014-2018 Toyota Corolla DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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