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Toyota Highlander Cargo Area Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out cargo area light bulb in a 2nd generation 2008 to 2013 Toyota Highlander with pictures.

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2013 Highlander Cargo Light
Pry Out Lens Cover
Lens Cover Removed
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013) Toyota Highlander in changing a burnt out cargo area light bulb.

Owners of other Toyota or Scion SUV, minivan, or hatchback vehicles such as the Yaris, Prius, RAV4, Sienna, FJ Cruiser, Venza, 4Runner, Sequoia, xB, xD and iQ may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement "festoon" or "fuse" style bulb is part number DE3175 which is available from manufacturers such as Sylvania and GE.

You can also use a brighter compatible DE3175 LED bulb.

The only tool needed to change the cargo area bulb is a small flathead screwdriver used to pry out the translucent plastic lens cover.

Old Bulb Exposed
Pull Back Electrical Contact
Remove Old Light Bulb
To prevent from scratching the plastic surfaces, you may choose to cover the tip of your screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth.

Carefully insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in to one of the two notches located on the front edge of the translucent plastic lens cover.

Gently pry out the lens cover and set it aside in a safe place.

You may need to re-insert the screwdriver in to the other notch in order to pop out the lens cover.

Pull back the flexible metal electrical contact on the right (driver) side of the socket to release the old bulb.

Old # DE3175 Bulb
Empty Bulb Socket
Insert New Bulb
Insert a new # DE3175 festoon light bulb in to the left (passenger) side of the socket first and then pop in the other side.

You can also use a brighter LED festoon bulb.


New Bulb Installed
Slide Switch To "On"
Insert Tabs On Rear Edge
Test the new light bulb by sliding the switch to the "On" position.

(Hint - If you are installing a brighter LED unit and it doesn't work at first, try re-installing the bulb in the opposite direction.)

Re-insert the tabs on the rear edge of the lens cover in to the housing first.

Gently Pop In Front Edge
Lens Cover Replaced
Slide Switch To "Door"
Gently snap in the front edge of the lens cover in to the housing.

Slide the switch to the "Door" position so that the cargo area light will turn on when ever a passenger door is opened.

For more, check out my other Toyota Highlander DIY Repair Guides.

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