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Toyota Highlander Vanity Mirror Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out vanity mirror light bulb above the sun visor of a second generation 2008 to 2013 Toyota Highlander SUV.

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2013 Highlander Sun Visor
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Pry Out Vanity Mirror Light Housing

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 vanity mirror light bulb in the housing above the sun visor.

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 manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko, Toshiba and PIAA.

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

The only tool needed to change the bulb is a small flathead screwdriver used to pry out the light housing.

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

Carefully insert the blade of your small flathead screwdriver in between the left edge of the vanity mirror light housing and the headliner fabric.

Gently pry out the left side of the light housing and pull it down from the headliner.

If the old light bulb was recently illuminated, be careful since it might still be hot enough to burn your skin.

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

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Old Toshiba # 168 Bulb
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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 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, W5W, 2825, 194 or a brighter LED unit.

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Gently Pop In Light Housing
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Open Mirror Cover - Test Bulb
Re-insert the wires on the right side of the housing back in to the headliner first and then gently pop in the retaining clip on the left side.

Test the new light bulb by sliding open the vanity mirror cover.

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

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