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Toyota Corolla License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the trunk lid of an 11th generation 2014-2018 Toyota Corolla.

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2014 Corolla License Plate
Open Trunk Lid
Pry Out Plastic Fastener
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the eleventh generation (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018) Toyota Corolla in changing a burnt out license plate light bulb in the trunk lid.

Owners of other Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles such as the Yaris, 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 replacement license plate light bulb is part number 168 which is available to various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, PIAA and Eiko.

If you would like to have brighter license plate lights, install some compatible 168 LED bulbs.

The tools you may need to access and replace the light bulbs include a flathead screwdriver, plastic pop rivet removal tool and/or a pair of needle nose pliers.

Plastic Fastener Removed
Pull Out Other Pop Rivet
Pry Out 4th Fastener
The first step is to open the trunk lid.

Then locate the four black plastic fasteners along the outer edge of the carpeted trunk lid liner closest to the license plate.

Gently pry out the pop rivet fasteners with a flathead screwdriver or a plastic pop rivet removal tool.

You may also pull out the fasteners with a pair of needle nose pliers.

Four Fasteners Removed
Pull Back Trunk Lid Carpet
License Plate Bulb Housing
Once the four plastic pop rivet friction fasteners have been removed, you can gently pull back the carpet trunk lid liner.

Locate the black plastic license plate light bulb sockets and the clear plastic housings on the underside of the trunk lid.

1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Bulb Housing Detached
Access To Old Light Bulb
Rotate the base of the black plastic bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise to remove it from the housing.


Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Old # 168 (W5W) Bulb
Empty Bulb Socket
Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket.
Push In New # 168
Line Up Bulb Housing
1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Push a new number 168 bulb straight in to the socket.

If necessary, you may also be able to use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # W5W, 2825, 158, 194 or a compatible LED unit.

Line up the bulb socket with the clear plastic mount on the back of the light housing.

Rotate the bulb socket 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Bulb Socket Secured
Replace Carpet Liner
Push In Pop Rivets
Push the trunk lid liner back in to place.

Pop in the four black plastic friction fasteners to secure the carpeted trunk lid liner in place.

Replace Four Fasteners
Test New Light Bulbs
Right License Plate Light
Test the new license plate light bulbs by turning on the headlights or by pressing the "Unlock" button on the key fob.

For more, check out my other 2014-2018 Toyota Corolla DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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