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Toyota Yaris Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out brake, rear turn signal or reverse light bulb in a 3rd generation 2012 to 2016 Toyota Yaris.

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2015 Yaris Tail Lights
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Open Tailgate Door
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Pry Open Access Cover

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Toyota Yaris in changing a burnt out brake, rear turn signal or reverse light bulb in the tail light housings.

Owners of other Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles such as the Corolla, Matrix, Prius, Camry, RAV4, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, FJ Cruiser, Venza, Highlander, Avalon, Sequoia, 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 compatible replacement part numbers for the 2012, 2013 and 2014 model years are as follows: Brake # 7443, Rear Turn Signal (amber) # 7440A and Reverse # 921.

The part numbers for the 2015 & 2016 model years are Brake # 7443, Rear Turn Signal # P21W or 7506 and Reverse # 921.

The only tool needed to access and replace the bulbs is a small flathead screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool.

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Access Panel Removed
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Brake & Rear Turn Signal
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
The first two steps are to open the tailgate door if you have a hatchback, or open the trunk lid if you have a sedan and then move to the side of the vehicle with the burnt out tail light bulb.

Locate the small notch on the plastic access cover at the rear corner of the cargo area.

Use a small flathead screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool to gently remove the access cover.

Set the access panel aside in a safe place.

On this 2015 Yaris, the brake light bulb is located at the top of the housing and the rear turn signal is at the bottom of the housing.

To remove the rear turn signal, rotate the grey plastic bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise and then pull it out of the assembly.

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Rear Turn Signal Light
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Push Down & 1/4 Turn CC
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Empty Bulb Socket
Push the old bulb down in to the socket and rotate it 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out.

(For the older 2012, 2013 and 2014 model years, just pull the amber colored # 7440A turn signal light bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new one.)

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Push Down & 1/4 Turn C.
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1/4 Turn Clockwise
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Brake Light Bulb Socket
If you have a newer 2015 or 2016 Yaris, push a new # P21W or 7506 light bulb down in to the socket and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Re-insert the socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

To access the brake light bulb, rotate the yellow / orange plastic socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Pull Out Old Light Bulb
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Push In New # 7443 Bulb
Pull the old brake light bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 7443 bulb.



 

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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Bulb Sockets Secured
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Push On Access Cover
Re-insert the socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

(If you have a 2012, 2013 or 2014 Yaris, the smaller reverse light bulb socket is located at the bottom of the housing. Rotate the socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise, remove it, pull the old bulb straight out and push in a new # 921 light bulb.)

Line up the plastic access cover and gently pop it back in to place.

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Test New Tail Light Bulbs
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Reverse Light Bulb Housing
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Reverse Light Bulb Socket
Test the new tail light bulbs by having someone step on the brake pedal and activate the hazard signals.

The 2015 and 2016 model years have a separate housing for the reverse light bulb located at the bottom of the rear bumper cover.

Look under the rear bumper cover and locate the grey and black plastic bulb socket.

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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Remove Bulb Socket
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Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Rotate the bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise and pull it out of the housing.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket.

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Push In New # 921 Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Test New Reverse Light
Push a new number 921 miniature wedge base bulb straight in to the socket.

Re-insert the socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Test the new light bulb by having someone step on the brake pedal and place the transmission in reverse.

For more, check out all of my 2012-2016 Toyota Yaris DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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