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Toyota RAV4 Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out map light bulb in the overhead console of a 5th generation 2019 to 2023 Toyota RAV4.

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2019 RAV4 Map Lights
Insert Screwdriver
Gently Pry Out Lens Cover
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fifth generation (2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and the updated 2023 model year) Toyota RAV4 SUV in changing a burnt out map light bulb located in the overhead console or upgrading both of them to brighter LED units.

Owners of other Toyota and Lexus vehicles such as the Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Prius, Avalon, C-HR, GR86, Venza, Sienna, Sequoia, 4Runner, IS 250, IS 300, IS 350, ES 350, GS 350 and GX 460 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The compatible replacement miniature wedge base light bulb part number is 2825 (also known as W5W).

If you'd like to have brighter map lights, install some 2825 LED (or W5W LED) units.

The only tool needed to access and replace the light bulbs is a small flat head screwdriver such as from a precision screwdriver set or a small plastic pry bar tool.

I chose to cover the tip of my small flat head screwdriver with a piece of painters tape to help prevent from scratching or marring the plastic lens cover or overhead console.

Insert the blade of the small flat head screwdriver in between the inner edge of the lens cover and gently pry it out.

Reinsert the screwdriver into the outer corner and again gently pry out the lens cover.

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


Lens Cover Removed
Old Light Bulb Exposed
Set the lens cover aside in a safe place.

I included a few pictures of the retaining tabs and the plastic retaining clips on the underside of the lens cover to help you remove it with out breaking anything.

Plastic Tabs Inner Edge
Plastic Clips - Outer Edge
Grasp Old Light Bulb
If the old light bulb was recently turned on, it might still be hot enough to burn your fingers. Allow the old light bulb to cool off before handling it.

Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket.

If you have trouble removing the old light bulb, try gently wiggling it back and forth while pulling it out.

Pull Out Old Light Bulb
OEM Light Bulb
Empty Bulb Socket
The OEM (original equipment manufacturer) light bulb in this 2019 RAV4 was marked as part number W5W which is the same as the 2825 light bulb.
Push In New Light Bulb
Test New Light Bulb
Line Up Lens Cover
Push a new number 2825 or W5W light bulb straight into the socket.

Clean off the new incandescent light bulb with a paper towel and some rubbing alcohol.

If there is any grease or oil left on the new incandescent bulb, it could create a hot spot and cause the bulb to burn out prematurely.

If you'd like to have brighter map lights that will also last much longer before burning out, install some compatible replacement 2825 LED units.

To test the new light bulb, press the "On / Off" button.

Tip - If you installed an LED bulb and it doesn't work, try removing it from the socket, rotate it 180 degrees and push it back into the socket. Some LED bulbs are "polarized" and will only work when the "+" positive and "-" negative electrical contacts are in the correct orientation.

Gently Pop In Lens Cover
Lens Cover Secured
Testing New Map Lights
Line up the lens cover and very gently snap it back into the opening in the overhead console.

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

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

For more, please check out all of my 2019-2023 Toyota RAV4 DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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