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Toyota Highlander Electrical Fuse Replacement Guide
How to check or change a blown electrical fuse or faulty relay in a 3rd generation 2014 to 2018 Toyota Highlander.

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2017 Highlander Engine Bay
Engine Bay Fuse Box
Push In Release Tab
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and maybe also the 2019 and 2020 model years) Toyota Highlander SUV in checking or changing a blown fuse or a faulty relay in either the engine bay or the interior passenger compartment electrical panels.

Owners of other Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles such as the 4Runner, Avalon, 86, C-HR, Camry, Corolla, iM, Land Cruiser, Mirai, Prius, RAV4, Sequoia, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, Yaris, FR-S, xB,  xD, tC, xA, CT 200h, ES 250, ES 300, ES 330, ES 350, IS 250, IS 350, RX 300, GS 250, NX 300 and RX 350.

The Highlander is equipped with the relatively newer style of "low profile" mini blade electrical fuses.

A white plastic fuse puller tool is included on the underside of the engine bay fuse box cover. Or you could use a pair of needle nose pliers with rubber insulated handles.

Lift Off Fuse Box Cover
White Plastic Fuse Puller Tool
Fuse Location Diagram
The first two steps are to open the hood and then move to the right (driver) side of the engine bay.

The mostly square shaped engine bay electrical box is located just behind the 12V automotive battery, in front of the brake fluid reservoir and to the right of the engine air filter box.

Gently push in the release tab on the front edge of the fuse box before lifting up the cover.

Turn over the fuse box cover to access the white plastic fuse puller tool.

There is a fuse location diagram on the underside of the fuse box cover and also another one in the owner's manual.

Remove Fuse Puller Tool
Small Relay Box - Left Side
Push In Release Tab
There is also a small rectangular shaped electrical box on the far left side of the engine bay located behind the windshield washer filler tube.

Push in the release tab on the front edge of the cover before pulling it straight off.

Pull Off Relay Box Cover
Fuse Location Diagram
Driver Lower Dashboard
Turn over the relay box cover to view the fuse location diagram.

The interior passenger compartment electrical panel is located under the driver side of the dashboard.

Look under the dashboard behind the emergency / parking brake foot lever to locate the white plastic cover on the interior fuse block.


Fuse Panel Under Dashboard
Pry Off Fuse Block Cover
Plastic Cover Removed
Pull the white plastic cover straight off the fuse panel.

If you have trouble removing the cover, use a flathead screwdriver to carefully pry it off.

There is a fuse location diagram on the outside of the cover and also another one in the owner's manual.

Interior Fuse Block
Place Tool Over Old Fuse
Pull Out Old Fuse
Squeeze the end of the fuse puller tool and place it over the old fuse that you would like to check or change.

Pull the old fuse straight out of the socket.

Hold Fuse Up To Light Bulb
Push New Fuse In Socket
Replace Fuse Puller Tool
To check the condition of the old fuse, hold it up to a light source.

If the thin metal bar or "band" in the translucent plastic center of the of old fuse appears to be burnt or broken, it is most likely "blown" and should be replaced with a new fuse.

Push a new low profile mini blade fuse of the same amperage rating (e.g. 5A, 10A, 15A, 20A, etc) straight into the socket.

If the thin metal strip in the middle of the old fuse appears to be intact, the old fuse is most likely still good. Although since fuses are so inexpensive, it should still be replaced as part of your electrical issue troubleshooting process.

Replace the fuse puller tool on the underside of the cover for the main engine bay fuse box.

Lower Fuse Box Cover
Push - Secure Retaining Clips
Line Up Relay Cover
Line up the cover over the main fuse box and lower it down into place.

Push on the cover to secure the retaining clips.

If you suspect a faulty relay is your problem, the easiest way to test the theory is to simply replace the relay with a new one.

You could also test the old relay with a multimeter tool.

Lower the relay box cover back into place and push on it to secure the retaining clip.

Push On Relay Box Cover
Interior Fuse Panel Cover
Push On Fuse Block Cover
Then push the interior passenger compartment electrical panel cover back into place.

Test the electrical component that you were having a problem with such as the horn, radio, power windows, wiper blades, interior lights, headlights, tail lights, power driver's seat, gauges, etc.

If you are still having the same problem, there may be a shorted wire somewhere or the electrical component itself needs to be replaced.

Be sure to record the fuse or relay change in your vehicle's service records.

Please check out all of my 2014-2018 Toyota Highlander DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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