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Toyota RAV4 Dome Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out overhead dome light bulb in a 4th generation 2013-2016 Toyota RAV4 SUV with pictures.

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2013 RAV4 Dome Light
Insert Flathead Screwdriver
Pry Out Lens Cover
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fourth generation (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and maybe also the refreshed 2017 model year) Toyota RAV4 SUV in changing a burnt out dome light bulb in the headliner above the rear passenger seats.

Owners of other Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles such as the Yaris, Matrix, Prius, Camry, Corolla, 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" type bulb is part number DE3175 which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, PIAA and Eiko.

If you would like to have a brighter dome light, install a compatible DE3175 LED bulb.

The only tool needed to access and replace the bulb is a small flathead screwdriver used to pry out the plastic lens cover.

Lens Cover Removed
Old Bulb Exposed
Pull Back Metal Tab
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 flathead screwdriver in to one of the two small notches on the front edge of the lens cover.

Gently pry out the lens cover.

You might need to re-insert the screwdriver in to the other notch.

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

Pull back the metal electrical contact to release the old bulb.

Remove Old Bulb
DE3175 Festoon Bulb
Empty Bulb Socket
Remove the old bulb from the socket.


Insert New DE3175 Bulb
Test New Light Bulb
Re-Insert Plastic Tabs
Insert a new # DE 3175 festoon bulb in to the socket.

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

Test the new dome light bulb by moving the switch to the "On" position.

Line up the lens cover and re-insert the plastic tabs on the rear edge.

Gently Pop In Lens Cover
New Dome Bulb Working
Slide Switch To "Door"
Gently pop in the front edge of the lens cover.

Slide the "Off / Door / On" switch to the "Door" position so that the dome light will turn on whenever a passenger door is opened.

For more, check out my other 2013-2016 Toyota RAV4 DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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