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Toyota RAV4 Cargo Area Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to replace a burnt out cargo area light bulb in the rear door of a 3rd generation 2006 to 2012 Toyota RAV4 SUV.

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RAV4 Cargo Area Light
Pry Out Light Housing
Housing Removed
This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012) Toyota RAV4 in replacing a burnt out cargo or "trunk" area light bulb in the back swing out door.

Owners of other Toyota, Lexus and Scion SUV, hatchback, minivan or crossover vehicles such as the Matrix, Prius, Sienna, FJ Cruiser, Venza, Highlander, 4Runner, Sequoia, Land Cruiser, GX 460, RX 350, LX 570, iQ, xB, and xD may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement cargo area light bulb is part # DE3022 from manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko, and Putco.

You can also use a brighter DE3022 LED bulb.

The only tool needed to replace the bulb is a small flathead screwdriver used to pry out the housing. You may also use a knife or metal nail file.

Pop Off Rear Plastic Cover
Power Plug Disconnected
Pull Out Old Bulb
Insert the blade of the flathead screwdriver in between the edge of the cargo area light housing and the plastic interior panel.

Gently pry out the light housing.

An optional step is to disconnect the power plug by pressing the release tab and sliding it straight off the rear of the housing.

Pop off the light grey plastic cover on the back of the light housing.


Push In New DE3022 Bulb
Snap On Rear Cover
Push On Power Connector
Pull the old bulb out of the socket and push in a new # DE3022 bulb.

If you are installing an LED bulb and it doesn't work at first, it might be polarized. Try flipping it around 180 degrees in the socket.

Snap on the light grey plastic rear cover on the housing and push on the power connector.

Insert Wires First
Pop In Other Side
Flip Switch - Test New Bulb
Insert the end of the housing with the wires in first and then snap the other side in to place.

Test the new cargo area light bulb by flipping the rocker switch to the "On" position.

For more, check out my other Toyota RAV4 Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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