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Toyota RAV4 Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to replace a burnt out low beam, high beam or turn signal bulb in the headlights of a 2006-2012 Toyota RAV4.

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2012 RAV4 Headlight
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Low Beam - At Center
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Base of Low Beam Bulb

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 low beam, high beam, or front turn signal bulb in the headlight assemblies.

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, Sequoia, IS 250, ES 350, GS 350, RX 350, FR-S, iQ, tC, xB, and xD may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

Replacement headlight bulbs are as follows with their part numbers: Low Beam # 9006, High Beam # 9005, and Front Turn Signal (Parking Light) # 7443.

No tools are needed to replace the three bulbs in the headlight assemblies. To access the H11 fog light bulbs, you'll need a flathead screwdriver to remove the wheel well liner fasteners.

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1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
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Pull Bulb Straight Out
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Press Tab - Pull off Power
The Low Beam bulb is located at the center of the headlight assembly.

To access it, pop open the hood, reach in behind the headlight and rotate the black plastic base of the bulb 1/4 turn counter clockwise. Pull it straight out of the rear of the headlight housing.

Press the release tab on the red / dark orange power connector and slide it straight off the base of the bulb.

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Sylvania # 9006 12V 51W
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Insert New Low Beam Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise
Insert a new # 9006 (or "HB4") low beam headlight bulb in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Be sure to not touch the glass part of the new halogen bulb with your fingers or anything greasy in the engine bay.

If you do get the glass part of the new headlight bulb dirty, wipe it clean with a alcohol moistened paper towel.

Push the red/orange power plug straight on to the base of the new bulb until it clicks in to place.



 

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High Beam At Inside Corner
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Base of High Beam Bulb
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1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
The High Beam bulb is located at the inner corner of the headlight assembly closest to the center line of the vehicle.

To remove the high beam bulb, reach in behind the headlight housing and rotate the black plastic base of the bulb 1/4 turn counter clockwise.

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Pull High Beam Bulb Out
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Press Plug Release Tab
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Remove Power Connector
Pull the old bulb straight out of the assembly and press the release tab on the black plastic power connector before sliding it straight off.
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Sylvania 9005 12V 60W
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Insert New High Beam Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise
Insert a new 9005 (or "HB3") high beam headlight bulb in to the rear of the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to lock it in place.

Avoid touching the glass part of the new halogen bulb with your fingers. If you get it dirty, wipe the glass part clean with an alcohol moistened paper towel.

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Turn Signal - Outer Corner
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Reach In - 1/4 Turn CC
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Front Turn Signal & Socket
The Turn Signal bulb is located at the outer corner of the headlight assembly closest to the outer edge of the vehicle.

Reach in behind the headlight and rotate the black plastic turn signal bulb socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old turn signal bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new clear # 7443 light bulb.

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Clear # 7443 Bulb
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Install - 1/4 Turn Clockwise
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Test New Headlight Bulbs
Insert the turn signal bulb and socket back in to the headlight housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

To access the fog light bulbs, turn the wheels all the way to the opposite direction of the burnt out bulb.

Pry out the black plastic fasteners on the wheel well liner and pull it back to expose the rear of the fog light assembly. Rotate the base of the fog light bulb 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out.

Insert a new # H11 bulb and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to lock it in place. Replace the wheel well liner and the fasteners.

Test the new bulbs by turning on the headlights, flashing the high beams, and activating the hazard signals.

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

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