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Toyota RAV4 Dome Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to replace a burnt out overhead dome light bulb in a third generation 2006 to 2012 Toyota RAV4 with pictures.

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RAV4 Dome Light
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Gently Pry Out Lens
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Left & Right Notches

This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012) Toyota RAV4 in replacing a burnt out overhead dome light bulb or upgrading the bulb to a brighter LED unit.

Owners of other Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles such as the Corolla, Camry, Matrix, Yaris, Tacoma, Prius, Tundra, Sienna, FJ Cruiser, Venza, Highlander, Avalon, 4Runner, Land Cruiser, IS 250, ES 350, GS 350, RX 350, FR-S, iQ, tC, xB, and xD may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement dome light bulb is part # DE3175 from manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko, and Putco.

You can also use a brighter LED bulb.

The only tool needed to access the dome light bulb is a small flathead screwdriver used to pry out the lens cover.

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Lens Cover Removed
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Dome Light Bulb Exposed
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Press Metal Release Tab
The first step is to sit in the rear passenger area of the vehicle.

Then insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in to the two notches at the front edge of the translucent plastic lens cover closest to the On / Off / Door switch.

Gently pry the lens cover at each of the two notch locations and set it aside in a safe place.

Press the metal release tab on the left (driver side) of the socket to release the old bulb.



 

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Old # DE3175 Bulb
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Dome Light Bulb Socket
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Insert New DE3175 Bulb
Push a new DE3175 light bulb in to the right (passenger) side of the socket first and then pop the left end cap of the bulb in to the left side.

If you are installing an LED bulb and it doesn't work at first, try flipping it around in the socket.

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Slide Switch To "On"
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Push On Lens Cover
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Test New Dome Light Bulb
Test the new dome light bulb by sliding the switch to the "On" position.

Line up the plastic lens cover over the dome light housing. Insert the rear edge first and then snap the other side in to place over the On/Off/Door switch.

Slide the switch to the "Door" position so that the dome light will illuminate when ever a passenger door is opened.

For more, check out my other Toyota RAV4 Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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