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Toyota Tacoma Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change the low / high beam, turn signal or side marker light bulb in a 2nd generation 2005-2015 Toyota Tacoma.

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2013 Tacoma Headlight
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Rear of Headlight Housing
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Pull Off Power Plug

This automotive maintenance DIY tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 or 2015) Toyota Tacoma pickup truck in changing a burnt out dual filament combination low & high beam headlight bulb, front turn signal or front side marker light bulb.

Owners of other Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles such as the Yaris, Matrix, Prius, Camry, Corolla, Sienna, RAV4, Tundra, FJ Cruiser, Venza, Highlander, Avalon, Sequoia, Hilux, Land Cruiser, IS 250, ES 350, GS 350, tC, xB, xD, iQ and FR-S may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The replacement bulb part numbers are as follows: Low / High Beam # 9003, Front Turn Signal 4157NAK or 4157NA and Front Side Marker # 2827 or WY5W.

No tools are needed to change the bulbs in the driver side headlight assembly. For the passenger side, you might need to remove the windshield wiper washer fluid bottle which requires a 10mm socket and 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench.

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Electrical Connector Removed
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Pull Off Rubber Dust Cap
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Metal Retaining Arm
The first two steps are to open the hood and then move to the side of the vehicle with the burnt out headlight bulb.

No extra steps are necessary to replace any bulb on the driver side. To replace a bulb on the passenger side, you might need to remove the windshield wiper washer fluid bottle. It is held in place by two 10mm bolts.

The dual filament combination Low & High Beam headlight bulb is located near the center of the housing.

Reach in behind the headlight assembly and gently pull off the plastic electrical connector.

Then pull off the black rubber dust cap that surrounds the base of old headlight bulb.

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Unhook Metal Arm
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Swing Open Metal Arm
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Pull Out Old Headlight Bulb
Press in the end of the metal retaining arm and unhook it to release the old bulb.

Swing open the hinged metal retaining arm.

Carefully pull the old low/high beam light bulb straight out of the housing.

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Osram HB2 9003
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Dual Filament Low/Beam
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Empty Bulb Socket
The OEM headlight bulb is an Osram HB2 9003.

Compatible dual filament 9003 bulbs are available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko and PIAA.

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Insert New # 9003
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Re-Attach Metal Arm
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Rubber Dust Cover
Try to avoid touching the glass part of the new halogen bulb with your fingers or anything greasy in the engine bay. If you do get the new bulb dirty, wipe it clean with an alcohol moistened paper towel.

Insert a new # 9003 bulb straight in to the housing.

Swing the metal retaining arm closed over the new bulb and attach the end to the hook.

Double check that the new bulb is securely in place.

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Push On Rubber Cap
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Push On Power Plug
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Turn Signal - Inner Corner
Push the rubber dust cover back in to place over the new bulb.

Push the electrical connector straight on to the base of the new headlight bulb.

The Front Turn Signal light bulb is located near the inner edge of the housing.



 

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Turn Signal Bulb Socket
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Bulb Socket Removed
Reach in behind the headlight housing and rotate the grey plastic bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out.
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Pull Out Old Bulb
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Push In New # 4157NA
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Turn Signal Socket Housing
Carefully pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new amber colored number 4157NA or 4157NAK bulb.
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Side Marker - Outer Edge
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Re-insert the socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

The Front Side Marker light bulb is located at the outer edge of the housing.

Reach in behind the housing and rotate the small grey bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out.

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Side Marker Bulb Socket
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Pull Out Light Bulb
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Push In New # WY5W
Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new amber colored number WY5W or 2827 miniature wedge base bulb.

You can also choose to install a brighter amber colored 2827 LED bulb.

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Side Marker Housing
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Test New Headlight Bulbs
Re-insert the side marker bulb socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

To test the new light bulbs, turn on the headlights, activate the hazard signals and flash the high beams.

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Passenger Side - Remove Bottle
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Window Washer Fluid Bottle
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Two 10mm Bolts
To replace a burnt out bulb in the passenger side headlight housing, you might need to remove the windshield washer fluid bottle in order to create more working room.

The bottle is held in place by two 10mm bolts. Loosen the bolts by turning them counterclockwise.

For more, check out my other 2005-2015 Toyota Tacoma DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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