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2009-2013 Toyota Corolla Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out brake, turn signal or reverse bulb in the tail lights of a 10th generation 2009 to 2013 Toyota Corolla.

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2010 Corolla Tail Lights
Open Trunk Lid
Remove Cargo Net Hook
This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 10th generation (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) Toyota Corolla in changing a burnt out brake, turn signal or reverse bulb in the tail light housings.

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.

Replacement tail light bulbs with their part numbers are as follows: Brake # 7443, Reverse # 921, Rear Turn Signal # 3156 (2009-2010 model years) or # 992 / 7440A (2011-2013).

The only tool required to access the tail light bulbs is a flathead screwdriver. You may also need a pair of needle nose pliers or a pop rivet removal tool.

Pry Out Pop Rivet
Pull Out Friction Fastener
Two Fasteners Removed
The first two steps are to pop open the trunk and move to the side of the vehicle with the burnt out tail light bulb.

Locate the two fasteners on the carpeting at the rear corner of the trunk and remove them. If your Corolla is equipped with a cargo net, unhook the net and spin out the plastic hook screw.

To remove the black plastic friction fastener, gently pry it out with a flathead screwdriver. A pair of needle nose pliers can make it easier to remove a stubborn pop rivet.

Set aside the two trunk carpet fasteners in a safe place.

Pull Back Trunk Carpeting
Turn Signal & Brake Sockets
1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
Pull back the trunk carpeting to reveal the sockets for the brake light and rear turn signal lights.

The Brake Light bulb is located in the brown socket at the outer edge of the tail light housing.

Grasp the socket with your thumb and forefinger before rotating it 1/4 turn counter clockwise to unlock it. Pull the socket and bulb straight out of the housing.

Remove Brake Bulb Socket
Pull Out Old Brake Bulb
1/4 Turn Clockwise
Pull the old brake light bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 7443 bulb.

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


1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
Rear Turn Signal Socket
Pull Out Old Bulb
The Rear Turn Signal socket is light grey and located closer to the center line of the vehicle.

Rotate the socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old turn signal bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 3156 bulb (for 2009-2010 models) or # 992 / 7440A bulb (for 2011-2013 model years).

1/4 Turn Clockwise
Testing New Tail Light Bulbs
Replace Trunk Carpet
Re-insert the socket back in to the tail light assembly and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to lock it in place.

Test the new brake or turn signal bulb by having someone step on the brake pedal and activate the hazard signals.

Replace the trunk carpet, push in the black plastic pop rivet fastener, and screw in the cargo net hook.

Replace Cargo Net Hook
Push In Plastic Pop Rivet
Reverse Light Housing
The Reverse light bulb is located in a separate housing on the trunk lid of the vehicle.
Reverse Bulb Access Panel
Pull Off Access Cover
Plastic Cover Removed
Locate the black plastic reverse bulb access cover on the underside of the trunk lid.

Gently pry off the cover with your fingertips or a small flathead screwdriver. Set the cover aside in a safe place.

Reverse Bulb Socket
1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
Pull Out Reverse Socket
Rotate the light grey reverse bulb socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.
Pull Out Old # 921 Bulb
Insert New Bulb & Socket
1/4 Turn Clockwise
Pull the old reverse bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 921 bulb.

If you would like to have brighter reverse lights for extra safety, install some compatible replacement 921 LED bulbs.

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

Line Up Cover
Access Panel Replaced
Test New Reverse Bulb
Line up the black plastic reverse bulb access panel and gently snap it back in to place.

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

Be sure to record the bulb change in your vehicle's service records.

For more, check out my other Corolla DIY tutorials at the links below -

2009-2013 Toyota Corolla Repair & Maintenance Guides

2003-2008 Toyota Corolla Repair & Maintenance Guides

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