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Toyota Highlander Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out map light bulb in the overhead console of a 2nd generation 2008-2013 Toyota Highlander.

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2013 Highlander Map Lights
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Gently Pry Out Inner Edge
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Lens Cover Removed

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013) Toyota Highlander in changing a burnt out map light bulb in the overhead console.

Owners of other Toyota or Scion vehicles such as the Tacoma, Corolla, Yaris, Prius, Camry, RAV4, Tundra, Sienna, FJ Cruiser, Venza, Avalon, 4Runner, Sequoia, xB, xD, tC, iQ and FR-S may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement bulb is part number 168 which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Toshiba, Wagner, PIAA and Eiko.

If necessary, you may also use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 158, W5W, 194, 2825 or a compatible LED unit.

The only tool needed to change the bulbs is a small flathead screwdriver used to pry out the translucent lens cover.

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Pull Down Center Cover
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Microphone Cover Removed
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Pull Out Old Map Light 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 small flathead screwdriver in between the translucent plastic lens cover and the overhead console near the inner edge.

Gently pry out the lens cover and set it aside in a safe place.

In order to reach the old bulb, you may need to also remove the center plastic lens cover that surrounds the microphone for hands-free telephone system.

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Old Bulb Removed
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Old # 168 Bulb
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Empty Light Bulb Socket
If the old bulb was recently illuminated, be careful since it might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.

Grasp the old bulb with your thumb and forefinger before pulling it straight out of the socket.



 

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Push In New # 168 Bulb
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Press "On/Off" Button
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Snap In Center Lens Cover
Push a new # 168 bulb straight in to the socket.

If necessary, you may also use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 158, W5W, 2825, 194 or a brighter LED unit.

Press the round white plastic "On/Off" button near the outer edge of the housing to test the new bulb.

Line up the center lens cover over the microphone and gently snap it back in to place.

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Re-Insert Tab On Outer Edge
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Pop In Inner Edge Lens Cover
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Set Rocker Switch To "Door"
Re-insert the tab on the outer edge of the map light bulb cover in to the housing first and then gently pop in the inner edge.

Set the "Off - Door - On" rocker switch to the "Door" position so that the map lights will turn on whenever a passenger door is opened.

For more, check out my other Toyota Highlander DIY Repair Guides.
 

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