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Toyota Tacoma DIY Maintenance & Repair Guides
Links to DIY repair guides and vehicle maintenance how-to tutorials for the 3rd generation 2016 to 2021 Toyota Tacoma.

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2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma Key Fob Battery Replacement Guide
Key Fob Battery Change

1. 2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma Key Fob Battery Replacement Guide

After a few years of daily use, the battery inside the key fob remote control for the keyless entry system of a third generation (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and probably also the 2022 and 2023 model years) Toyota Tacoma pickup truck can become weak or stop working entirely.

Check out the DIY instructions for changing the battery (with the compatible replacement part number) by clicking on the text link or thumbnail image below.

   

2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Map Light Bulbs Change

2. 2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out map light bulb in the overhead console of your Tacoma (or upgrade them both to brighter LED units), take a look at my DIY directions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma Vanity Mirror Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Vanity Mirror Light Bulbs

3. 2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma Vanity Mirror Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out vanity mirror light bulb in the sun visor of your Tacoma (or upgrade all of the bulbs to brighter LEDs), check out the DIY steps for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma Dome Light Bulb Replacement Guide
Dome Light Bulb Change

4. 2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma Dome Light Bulb Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out dome light bulb in the overhead housing attached to the headliner of your Tacoma (or upgrade it to a brighter LED unit), check out my DIY directions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma A/C Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide
Cabin Air Filter Change

5. 2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma A/C Cabin Air Filter Replacement Guide

If the air conditioning system in your 3rd generation (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and probably also the 2022 and 2023 model years - 4th gen is expected in 2024) Toyota Tacoma hasn't been working well recently, you probably need to clean or replace the A/C system's cabin air filter in the HVAC blower motor housing.

To view the DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers), click on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   


Door Panel Removal

6. 2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma Interior Door Panels Removal Guide

If you'd like to upgrade the OEM speakers in your Tacoma, you'll first have to take off the plastic interior door panels.

Check out the DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the compatible replacement aftermarket speaker sizes) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Release Guide
Shift Lock Release

7. 2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma Automatic Transmission Shift Lock Release Guide

If you need to manually move your Tacoma due to running out of gas, a dead 12V battery or needing to be towed due to some other mechanical issue, you'll first have to release the automatic transmission shift lock mechanism to move the gear selector from "Park" to "Neutral".

Take a look at the DIY steps for the procedure by clicking on the text link or thumbnail.

   

2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Tail Light Bulbs Change

8. 2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

The tail light housings of a third generation (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021) Toyota Tacoma pickup truck contain the brake, rear turn signal and reverse light bulbs.

To view the DIY directions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers), click on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
License Plate Light Bulbs

9. 2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the rear bumper of your Tacoma (or upgrade them both to brighter LED units), check out the DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma Windshield Window Wiper Blades Replacement Guide
Windshield Wiper Blades

10. 2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma Windshield Wiper Blades Replacement Guide

If you've been having trouble seeing out of the front windshield window of your Tacoma when it's raining or snowing, you probably need to change the wiper blades.

To view the DIY instructions for the procedure (with the OEM wiper blade sizes in inches and the compatible replacement part numbers) click on the text link or thumbnail image.

   

2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma 2GR-FKS 3.5L V6 Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide
Engine Air Filter Change

11. 2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma 3.5L V6 Engine Air Filter Replacement Guide

According to the owner's manual, the engine air filter element for the 2GR-FKS 3.5 liter V6 engine in a 3rd generation Tacoma should be changed every 30,000 miles or at least every 36 months.

Check out the DIY steps for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   


Headlight Bulbs Change

12. 2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide

The headlight housings of a 3rd generation (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and probably also 2022 and 2023 - 4th gen. is expected for the 2024 model year) contain the low beam, high beam, front turn signal and the front side marker light bulbs.

Take a look at the DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail picture on the left side.

   

2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma Fog Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
Fog Light Bulbs Change

13. 2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma Fog Light Bulbs Replacement Guide

If you need to change a burnt out fog light bulb in the front bumper cover of your Tacoma (or upgrade them both to brighter LED units), check out my DIY directions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part number) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left side of this paragraph.

   

2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma 2GR-FKS 3.5L V6 Engine Spark Plugs Replacement Guide
Spark Plugs Change

14. 2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma 3.5L V6 Engine Spark Plugs Replacement Guide

The iridium tipped OEM spark plugs in a 3rd generation Tacoma should be changed every 60,000 miles or at least every 72 months.

To view my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma Electrical Fuse Replacement Guide
Electrical Fuse Change

15. 2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma Electrical Fuses Replacement Guide

The best place to start when troubleshooting any electrical problem with your Tacoma is to check for a blown fuse or a faulty relay in either the engine bay or the interior passenger compartment electrical panels.

Take a look at the DIY directions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement fuse types) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma 12V Automotive Battery Replacement Guide
12V Battery Change

16. 2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma 12V Automotive Battery Replacement Guide

If you've been having difficulty starting the engine in your Tacoma on a cold morning and the OEM 12V battery is a few years old, you probably need to replace it.

Check out the DIY directions for the procedure (with the OEM group size and the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link or thumbnail image.

   

2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma 2GR-FKS 3.5L DOHC V6 Engine Oil Change Guide
3.5L V6 Oil Change

17. 2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma 2GR-FKS 3.5L DOHC V6 Engine Oil Change Guide

The best way to keep your Tacoma running reliably for decades is to regularly change the motor oil and replace the oil filter on the 2GR-FKS 3.5 liter V6 engine.

To view my DIY instructions for the procedure (with the compatible replacement filter part numbers), click on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma 2GR-FKS 3.5L V6 DOHC V6 Engine Camshaft Position Sensors Replacement Guide
Camshaft Sensors

18. 2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma Camshaft Position Sensors Replacement Guide

If your Tacoma hasn't been running well recently including stalling, rough idling, lower fuel economy (reduced MPG), poor acceleration or a CEL / SES (check engine / service engine soon) warning light has appeared on the dashboard, you may need to change a faulty camshaft position sensor which is part of the VVT-i system.

Take a look at the DIY steps for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

   

2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma Front Disc Brake Pads Replacement Guide
Front Brake Pads Change

19. 2016-2021 Toyota Tacoma Front Brake Pads Replacement Guide

If you've been hearing a scraping, screeching or squealing sound sound coming from the front end of your Tacoma when you step on the brake pedal, you may need to change the front disc brake pads.

Check out my DIY tutorial for the procedure (with the compatible replacement part numbers) by clicking on the text link above or the thumbnail image on the left.

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