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Toyota Tacoma License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the rear bumper of a 3rd generation 2016 to 2021 Tacoma.

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2020 Tacoma TRD Sport
Look Under Bumper
License Plate Bulb Socket
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and probably also the 2022 and 2023 model years) Toyota Tacoma pickup truck in changing a burnt out license plate light bulb located in the housing attached to the rear bumper.

Owners of other Toyota or Lexus vehicles such as the Tundra, 4Runner, Hilux, Highlander, C-HR, Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Supra, Land Cruiser, Prius, RAV4, Mirai, Sequoia, Sienna, Yaris, CT 200h, ES 300h, RX 350, GX 460, LX 570, NX 300, RX 450h, UX 200 and UX 250h may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The compatible replacement miniature wedge base light bulb part number is 2825 (also known as part # W5W).

If you would like to have brighter license plate lights that will also last much longer before burning out, install some compatible 2825 LED units.

No tools are needed to access and replace the two bulbs.

If the truck was recently driven, be careful when you replace the bulbs since the exhaust pipes might still be hot enough to burn your hands.

Slide under the rear bumper and look up to locate the two gray plastic bulb sockets on either side of the license plate.


1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Bulb Socket Removed
Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Grasp the base of the bulb socket and rotate it 1/4 turn in the counterclockwise direction before pulling it straight out of the housing.

If the old light bulb was recently turned on, it might still be hot enough to burn your fingers. Be careful when you pull it out of the socket.

Gently pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket.

If you have trouble removing the old bulb due to corrosion (rust) or debris, try carefully wiggling the bulb back and forth while pulling it straight out.

Empty Bulb Housing
Old Light Bulb Removed
Push In New Light Bulb
Push a new number 2825 miniature wedge base light bulb straight into the socket.

If you would like to have brighter and longer lasting license plate lights, install some compatible replacement 2825 LED bulbs.

Re-Insert Bulb Socket
1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Test New Light Bulbs
Re-insert the bulb socket into the opening in the rear of the light housing and rotate it 1/4 turn in the clockwise direction to secure it in place.

To test the new bulbs, turn on the parking lights or press the "Unlock" button on the key fob to activate the license plate lights.

Tip - If you installed LED bulbs and they don't work, try pulling them out of the socket, rotating them 180 degrees and pushing them back into the socket. Some LED bulbs are polarized and will only work when the "+" positive and "-" negative electrical contacts are in the correct orientation.

Be sure to write down the bulb change in your truck's service records.

Please check out all of the 2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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