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Toyota 4Runner Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to replace the low beam, high beam and front side marker light bulbs in the headlights of a 2003-2009 4Runner.

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Toyota 4Runner Headlight
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Low Beam, Center
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Low Beam Bulb Base

This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 2003 to 2009 Toyota 4Runner SUV in replacing a burnt out low beam, high beam or front side marker light bulb in the headlight assemblies.

Owners of other related Toyota or Lexus vehicles such as the Hilux, Tacoma, Land Cruiser, T100, SW4, FJ Cruiser, Fortuner and Lexus GX may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

Replacement headlight bulbs for the 03-09 4Runner from Sylvania and other manufacturers are as follows with their respective part numbers: Low Beam # 9006, High Beam # 9005, and Front Side Marker # 168 Amber (or 194, 192 amber).

No tools are needed to replace the headlight bulbs. A pair of pliers can be useful for turning the sidemarker bulb socket.

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Grab Base of Low Beam
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1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
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Low Beam Bulb Removed
The Low Beam bulb is located at the center of the headlight assembly. To remove it, grasp the light grey base of the bulb and rotate it 1/4 turn counter clockwise before pulling it straight out of the headlight.
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Press Release Tab
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Pull Off Power Connector
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Separate the red power connector from the base of the bulb by pushing down on the release tab.
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Sylvania # 9006 HB4
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Connect Power To New Bulb
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Insert New Low Beam Bulb
Push the low beam power connector on to the base of a new # 9006 bulb and insert it into the headlight assembly. Rotate the base of the bulb 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.
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1/4 Turn Clockwise
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High Beam - Near Grille
The High Beam bulb is located near the grille close to the center line of the vehicle.



 

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High Beam Bulb Base
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1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
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High Beam Removed
To remove the high beam bulb, grasp the black base and rotate it 1/4 turn counter clockwise before pulling it straight out of the headlight assembly.
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Push Down Release Tab
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Disconnect Power Plug
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Sylvania # 9005 Bulb
Separate the power connector from the base of the high beam bulb by pushing down on the release tab.
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Connect New 9005 Bulb
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Insert Bulb In Headlight
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1/4 Turn Clockwise
Push the power connector on to the base of a new # 9005 high beam bulb. Insert the bulb into the headlight assembly and rotate the base 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.
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Front Sidemarker Light
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Side Marker Bulb Socket
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1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
The Front Side Marker light bulb is located at the corner of the headlight assembly closest to the outer edge of the vehicle.

You may be able to remove the front side marker bulb by rotating the socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise with just your fingers. I found it too difficult to rotate with my fingers and had to use a pair of needle nose pliers to turn the socket.

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Old Front Side Marker Bulb
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Pull Old Bulb Straight Out
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Insert New Bulb
Pull the old # 168 Amber front side marker light bulb straight out of the socket. Push in a new # 168 Amber bulb straight into the socket. Any other amber (orange / yellow) colored T3 1/4 wedge light bulb such as # 192, 194 or 2825A will also fit into the front side marker socket.

Insert the bulb into the headlight and rotate the socket 1/4 turn clockwise to lock it in place.

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1/4 Turn Clockwise
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Testing New Bulb(s)
Test the new bulbs by turning on the headlights, flash the high beams, and activate the hazard signals.

For more, check out my Toyota 4Runner Repair & Maintenance Guides page.
 

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