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Toyota RAV4 License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the tailgate door of a 4th generation 2013-2016 Toyota RAV4.

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2013 RAV4 License Lights
License Plate Light Housing
Plastic Access Panel
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 license plate light bulb in the tailgate door.

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.

The replacement bulb part number is 168, which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, PIAA and Eiko. (You can also use the 2825, W5W, 194 or an LED.)

The only tool needed to access and replace the license plate light bulbs is a small flathead screwdriver.

Pry Out Access Cover
Plastic Cover Removed
Light Bulb Socket Visible
The first step is to open the tailgate door.

Then locate the rectangular plastic access panel on the underside of the tailgate door.

Insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in to one of the notches on the top edge of the access panel.

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

You might need to re-insert the screwdriver in to more than one notch to pop out the access panel.

1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Bulb Socket Removed
Pull Out Old 168 Bulb
Rotate the base of the grey plastic bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket.


Old # 168 Bulb Removed
Push In New 168 or W5W
Re-Insert Bulb Socket
Push a new # 168 bulb straight in to the socket.

You may also be able to use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # W5W, 2825, 158, 194 or a compatible LED unit.

1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Line Up Access Panel
Pop Plastic Cover In Place
Re-insert the bulb socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Line up the rectangular plastic access cover and re-insert the tabs on the bottom edge.

Gently pop in the top edge of the access cover.

Access Panel Replaced
Test New Light Bulbs
License Plate Light Replaced
Test the new license plate light bulbs by turning on the headlights or by pressing the "Unlock" button on the key fob.

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

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