Your Rear Tail Lights
Updated: 1/20/15 (Original 2003)
Philips screwdriver or 10mm socket with extension
Tail Light Bulbs (see diagram below)
I am providing this write up for illustrative purposes
only. Perform at your own risk. Any mods (including this one) you perform
on your vehicle is your responsibility. Commercial use of this write up
will result in legal action.
Changing your rear tail lights is a pretty simple task. However, most
people the first time do not know which direction to pull the tail lights
out and some have actually broken the tabs on the back of the tail light assembly. This write up will show you
how to safely remove the tail light assemblies and replace the bulbs.
Step 1: Removing the Tail Light Assembly
Remove the two bolts with a philips head screwdriver or a 10mm socket with extension. Next, push the
tail light assembly outwards. It might require a bit of force, but it
will pop out. Use two hands to control the amount of force you exert on
it. A good smack with an open palm will dislodge it.
two bolts (already removed)
2: Installing the Bulbs
Well, this part does not take rocket science. Just simply untwist the
harness counter clockwise and pull out the burned out bulb. Next, insert your new bulb in
and re-assemble everything in reverse order.
what it looks like from the back.
Bulb Diagram (updated 1/20/15)
This is the list and location diagram of all bulb numbers as compiled for a 1998 4Runner. Yours maybe different, so consult bulb manufacturers such as Sylvania for the correct bulb number or from your local Toyota dealership:
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