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Toyota 4Runner Cargo Area Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out cargo area light bulb in the tailgate door of a 5th generation 2010 to 2016 Toyota 4Runner SUV.

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2015 4Runner Tailgate Lights
Cargo Area Light Housing
Notch On Inner Edge
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fifth generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) Toyota 4Runner SUV in changing a burnt out cargo area light bulb in the tailgate door panel.

Owners of other Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles such as the Yaris, Corolla, 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.

A replacement festoon or "fuse" style light bulb is part number DE3175 which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, PIAA and Eiko.

If you would like to have brighter cargo area lights, install some compatible replacement DE3175 LED bulbs.

The only tool needed to access and replace the bulbs is a flathead screwdriver or an automotive panel pry bar tool.

Gently Pry Out Light Housing
Light Housing Removed
Disconnect Power Plug
The first two steps are to open the tailgate door and then move to the side of the SUV with the burnt out cargo area light bulb.

Then locate the small notch on the inner edge of the cargo area light bulb's housing.

Insert the blade of the flathead screwdriver or the pry bar tool in to the notch and gently pry out the light housing.

Pull the light housing straight out of the tailgate door's plastic interior panel.

Press in the release tab and the electrical connector and slide the plug straight out of its socket.

Pry Back Plastic Clips
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Lens Cover Removed
Gently pry back the retaining clips on the translucent plastic lens cover before pulling it off the bulb housing.


Pull Back Metal Tab
Old Bulb Removed
Empty Bulb Socket
Pull back the metal electrical contact to release the old light bulb from the socket.

Remove the old bulb.

Insert New DE3175 Bulb
Snap On Lens Cover
Push In Power Plug
Insert a new DE3175 light bulb in to the socket.

(Tip - If you are installing an LED bulb and it doesn't work at first, try removing it and flipping it around in the socket.)

Push the lens cover back on to the light housing.

Push the power plug straight in to its socket.

Re-Insert Wires First
Pop In Light Housing
Test New Cargo Light Bulb
Re-insert the wires back in to the opening first.

Then gently pop in the metal retaining clip on the inner edge of the housing back in to the plastic tailgate panel.

For more, check out my other 2010-2016 Toyota 4Runner DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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