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Toyota Highlander License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the tail gate of a 2nd generation 2008-2013 Toyota Highlander.

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2013 Highlander License Lights
Left Side License Plate Light
Loosen Phillips Head Screw
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 license plate light bulb in the tail gate door.

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 bulb is part number 2825 (or # W5W) which is available from manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Wagner, Eiko and PIAA.

If necessary, you may also use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 158, 168, 194 or a compatible LED unit.

The only tool needed to change the bulbs is a standard Phillips head screwdriver.

Phillips Head Screw Removed
Pull Out Light Housing
Light Housing Removed
The first step is loosen the single screw holding the housing in place by turning it counterclockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.

The screw is located closer to the outer edge of the vehicle on both the left (driver side) and right (passenger side) license plate light bulb housings.

Set the screw aside in a safe place.

Gently pull the housing down from the underside of the tail gate.

1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Bulb Socket Removed
Pull Out Old # W5W Bulb
Rotate the light grey bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket.


Empty Bulb Socket
Push In New # W5W Bulb
1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Push a new # 2825 bulb straight in to the socket.

If necessary, you may also use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 168, W5W, 158, 194 or a compatible LED unit.

Re-insert the socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Re-Insert Light Housing
Tighten Phillips Head Screw
Test New Light Bulb
Re-insert the plastic tab on the inner edge of the housing in to the tail gate first.

Then gently push in the left side of the housing until it is flush with the tail gate.

Tighten the Phillips head by turning it in the clockwise direction until it is snug.

Do not over tighten the screw to prevent from cracking the plastic light housing.

Test the new license plate light bulb by turning on the headlights or by pressing the "Unlock" button on the key fob.

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

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