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Toyota 4Runner Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out map light bulb in the overhead console of a 5th generation 2010 to 2016 Toyota 4Runner.

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2015 4Runner Map Lights
Gently Pry Out Lens Cover
Lens Cover Removed
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 map light bulb in the overhead console or upgrading them both to brighter LED units.

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 light bulb is part number 168 or 2825 which are available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko and PIAA.

If you would like to have brighter map lights, install some compatible replacement 168 LED or 2825 LED bulbs.

The tools needed to access and replace the map light bulbs include a small flathead screwdriver and either a plastic zip / cable tie or some stiff electrical wire.

Old Bulb Exposed
Remove Middle Lens Cover
Cable Zip Tie Loop / Lasso
To prevent from scratching the plastic surfaces, you may choose to cover the tip of your screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth.

Insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in between the inner edge of the lens cover and the overhead console.

Gently pry out the lens cover and set it aside in a safe place.

Try to avoid using excessive force. The lens cover should pop out relatively easily.

For more working room, I also pulled out the center lens cover in between the two map lights.

The bulb socket is a bit recessed in to the housing and seemed very difficult to remove with my bare fingers. At first I tried putting on a rubber glove to get a better grip, but that didn't work either.

Rather than damage the silver metal reflector or pull down the entire overhead console, I figured out that I could "lasso" the old bulb out by creating a loop (circle) with a plastic zip / cable tie. You might also be able to use some electrical wire.

Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Old Bulb Removed
OEM Toshiba W5W Bulb
Place the plastic loop over the old bulb and then gently pull it out.

The OEM map light bulb in this 2015 4Runner was a Toshiba part number W5W which can be difficult to find.

I'd recommend that you use the readily available 168 or 2825 light bulbs or a brighter LED equivalent bulb.


Empty Bulb Socket
Push In New 168 or 2825
Replace Center Plastic Piece
Push a new 168, W5W, 2825 or 194 bulb straight in to the socket.

If you removed the middle lens cover, pop it back in to place.

Re-Insert Plastic Tab
Pop In Retaining Clips
Test New Map Light Bulbs
Re-insert the plastic tab on the outer edge of the lens cover back in to the housing first.

Then gently pop in the retaining clips on the inner edge of the lens cover.

Test the new map light bulbs by pressing the outer edge of the lens cover to activate the "On/Off" switches.

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

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