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Toyota RAV4 Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to replace the rear turn signal and reverse bulbs in the tail light assemblies of a 2006 to 2012 Toyota RAV4.

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2012 RAV4 Tail Light
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Open Swing Cargo Door
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Plastic Access Panel

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 rear turn signal or reverse bulbs in the tail light assemblies.

Owners of other Toyota, Lexus and Scion SUV, hatchback, minivan or crossover vehicles such as the Matrix, Prius, Sienna, FJ Cruiser, Venza, Highlander, 4Runner, Sequoia, Land Cruiser, GX 460, RX 350, LX 570, iQ, xB, and xD may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

Replacement bulbs with their part numbers are as follows: Rear Turn Signal # 7440NA, 7440A, or 992 (Amber Colored T6 Wedge Base), and Reverse Light # 921.

They are available from manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Lumapro and General.

No tools are needed to access either of the tail light bulbs.

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Release Two Clips
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Access Panel Removed
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Reverse & Signal Sockets
The first two steps are to open the back swing out cargo door and move to the side of the vehicle with the burnt out tail light bulb.

Locate the rectangular plastic access panel and press the two release tabs towards the front of the vehicle to release them.

Pull out the access panel and set it aside. If you are working in a dimly lit area, you may need a flashlight to see the two light bulb sockets.

The rear turn signal bulb socket is light grey and located just above the tan reverse bulb socket.

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1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
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Pull Out Turn Signal Socket
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Pull Out Old 7440A Bulb



 

Grasp the turn signal bulb socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out of the tail light assembly.

Pull the old turn signal bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new amber colored # 7440A or 7440NA bulb straight in to the socket.

Insert the bulb and socket back in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

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1/4 Turn Clockwise
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1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
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Remove Reverse Socket
Rotate the light tan reverse bulb socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out of the tail light housing.

Pull the old reverse bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 921 bulb.

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Old # 921 Reverse Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise
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Test New Tail Light Bulbs
Insert the new bulb and socket back in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Test the new tail light bulbs by having someone press on the brake pedal, activate the hazard signals and place the transmission in reverse.

Line up the plastic access panel over the opening in the cargo area and pop it back in to place.

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

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