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Toyota Camry Courtesy Step Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out courtesy step light bulb in the door panel of an 8th generation 2018 to 2022 Camry.

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2018 Camry Door Panel
Courtesy Step Light
Insert Flathead Screwdriver
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the XV70 eighth generation (2018, 2019 and probably also the 2020, 2021 & 2022 model years) Toyota Camry sedan in changing a burnt out courtesy step light bulb located in the housing attached to the bottom of the plastic interior door panel.

Owners of other Toyota, Scion and Lexus vehicles such as the Avalon, Corolla, Prius, Yaris, Mirai, 86, Sienna, RAV4, Highlander, 4Runner, C-HR, Land Cruiser, Sequoia, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza, Hilux, RX 350, IS 250, IS 350, CT 200H, GS 450h, GX 470, LX 470, UX 200, NX 300 and UX 250h may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The compatible replacement miniature wedge base light bulb part number is 168.

If you would like to have brighter step lights, install some 168 LED bulbs.

The only tool needed to access and replace the bulbs is a small flathead screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool.


Pry Out Light Housing
Remove Wires - Front
Push In Release Tab
To prevent from scratching the plastic surfaces, you can either cover the tip of your screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth or instead use a plastic pry bar tool.

Insert the blade of the screwdriver in between the rear edge of the light housing and the plastic interior door panel.

Gently pry out the retaining clip on the rear edge of the housing.

Pull out the light housing from the opening in the door panel.

Push in the release tab on the white plastic electrical connector before sliding it straight out of its socket.

Disconnect Power Plug
Slide Back Grey Piece
Lens Cover Detached
Gently slide the grey plastic bulb holder out of the of the lens cover.

Detach the lens cover from the grey plastic bulb holder.

Set Aside Lens Cover
Push Off Grey Cover
Grey Cover Removed
Gently push the grey plastic cover off the bulb socket.

Set the grey bulb cover aside in a safe place.


Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Push In New Bulb
Replace Grey Cover
If the old light bulb was recently turned on, be careful when you remove it. The old bulb might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.

Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket.

Push a new number 168 light bulb straight into the socket.

If you would like to have brighter courtesy step lights, install a compatible replacement 168 LED bulb.

Push the grey plastic cover over the bulb socket.

Grey Cover Secured
Slide On Lens Cover
Lens Cover Secured
Slide the lens cover back into place over the bulb holder.
Part # 81230-06040
Push In Power Plug
Re-Insert Front Edge
If you would like to replace the bulb housing assembly, it is part number Toyota 81230-06040.

Push the white plastic power plug straight into the socket on the housing.

The plug should "click" securely into place.

Re-insert the wires and the front edge of the light housing back into place first.

Pop In Retaining Clip
Light Housing Secured
Test New Light Bulb
Then gently snap in the retaining clip on the rear edge of the housing back into the opening in the door panel.

The new light bulb should have turned on immediately when you pushed in the power plug.

If it didn't turn on, re-activate the exterior lights by pressing the "Unlock" button on the key fob.

Be sure to record the bulb change in your vehicle's service records.

For more, check out all of my 2018-2022 Toyota Camry DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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