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Toyota Avalon Courtesy Step Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out courtesy step light bulb in the door panel of a 4th generation 2013-2017 Toyota Avalon.

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2016 Avalon Step Light
Insert Flathead Screwdriver
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fourth generation (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and maybe also the face lifted 2018 model year) Toyota Avalon sedan in changing a burnt out courtesy step light bulb located at the bottom of the plastic interior door panels.

Owners of other Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles such as the Yaris, Corolla, Matrix, Prius, Camry, RAV4, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, FJ Cruiser, Venza, Highlander, 4Runner, Sequoia, Land Cruiser, IS 250, IS 200t, IS 300, NX 200t, NX 300h, RX 350, RX 450h, LS 460, LS 600h, ES 350, ES 300h Hybrid, RC F, GS 350, CT 200h, LX 570, GX 460, tC, iA, iM, xB, xD, iQ and FR-S may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The compatible replacement miniature wedge base light bulb is part number 168.

You can also use a brighter 168 LED bulb.

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

Pry Out Light Housing
Press Release Tab
To prevent from scratching the plastic surfaces, you can either cover the tip of your screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth or use a small plastic automotive panel pry bar tool.

Insert the blade of the screwdriver in between the bottom rear edge of the light housing and the interior door panel.

Gently pry out the light housing.

Press the tab on the white plastic electrical connector before sliding the power plug straight out of the socket.

Disconnect Power Plug
Squeeze Grey Plastic Cover
Pinch together the two sides of the grey plastic cover before pulling it off the rear of the light housing.

Set the grey plastic cover aside in a safe place.

Plastic Cover Removed
Pull Out Old Light Bulb
If the old light bulb was recently turned on, be careful since it might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.

Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket.


Old # 168 Bulb
Push In New Light Bulb
Push a new number 168 light bulb straight in to the socket.

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

Replace Grey Cover
Line Up Electrical Connector
Push the plastic cover back in to place over the back side of the light housing.
Push In Power Plug
Re-Insert Light Housing
Push the power plug straight in to the socket until it clicks securely in to place.

Re-insert the wires back in to the door panel.

Light Housing Replaced
Test New Light Bulb
Gently pop in the light housing.

If the new light bulb didn't immediately turn on when you re-inserted the power plug, activate the interior lights by pressing the "Unlock" button on the key fob.

For more, check out all of my Toyota Avalon DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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