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Toyota Corolla Trunk Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out cargo area light bulb in the trunk of a 2020, 2021 and 2022 Toyota Corolla sedan.

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2020 Corolla Trunk Light
Notch On Left Side
Insert Pry Bar Tool
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the twelfth generation 2019 (hatchback), 2020, 2021, 2022 (and probably also the 2023, 2024 & 2025) Toyota Corolla sedan in changing a burnt cargo area light bulb in the trunk.

Owners of other Toyota and Lexus vehicles such as the Camry, C-HR, Venza, Avalon, 86, Sienna, Tacoma, RAV4, Highlander, 4Runner, Sequoia, IS 350, RX 350, UX 200, GS 350, IS 300 and ES 350 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 a brighter cargo area light that will also last much longer before burning out like the traditional incandescent bulb, install a 2825 LED bulb.

The only tool needed to access and replace the light bulb is a small plastic pry bar tool.

Open the trunk lid and locate the cargo area light housing attached to the ceiling.

There is a small notch on the left (driver) side of the housing.

Insert the blade of the plastic pry bar tool (or a flat head screwdriver) into the notch on the left side of the housing.


Pry Out Light Housing
Light Housing Removed
Push In Release Tab
Gently pry out the left side of the light housing to release the plastic retaining clips.

Try to avoid using excessive force. The light housing should pop out relatively easily.

If the old light bulb was recently turned on, be careful. The light housing and the bulb might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.

Pull the light housing out of the ceiling of the trunk.

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

Disconnect Power Plug
Swing Open Black Cover
Rear Cover Removed
Carefully pull off the black plastic cover on the back side of the bulb housing.

I found it easiest to lift the rear edge of the black cover first close to the white plastic socket.

Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Old Light Bulb Removed
W5W or 2825 Bulb
Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket.

The OEM (original equipment manufacturer) light bulb was marked as part number W5W (miniature wedge base 12 volts 5 watts) which is the same as the 2825 bulb.

Push In New Light Bulb
Line Up Back Cover
Black Cover Secured
Push a new number 2825 light bulb straight into the socket.

If you'd like to have a brighter cargo area light, install a compatible replacement 2825 LED unit.

Line up the black plastic cover and gently pop it back into place over the housing.

Push In Connector
Re-Insert Wires First
Re-Insert Tabs - Right
Push the electrical connector straight into its socket.

The new light bulb should turn on immediately.

If the new light bulb doesn't turn on, try pressing the "Unlock" button on the key fob to re-activate the interior lights or open and close the trunk.

Tip - If you installed an LED bulb and it doesn't work, try removing it from the socket, rotate it 180 degrees and then 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.

Re-insert the wires and the right (passenger) side of the housing into the opening in the trunk's ceiling.

Pop In Retaining Clips
Light Housing Secured
Test New Light Bulb
Then gently snap in the retaining clips on the left (driver) side of the housing.

Don't forget to write down the bulb change in your car's service records.

Please check out all of my 2020 Toyota Corolla DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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