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Toyota RAV4 Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to replace a burnt out overhead map light bulb in a third generation 2006 to 2012 Toyota RAV4 with pictures.

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2012 RAV4 Map Lights
Pry Out Plastic Lens Cover
Lens Cover 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 overhead map light bulb or upgrading both of the bulbs to brighter LED units.

Owners of other Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles such as the Corolla, Camry, Matrix, Yaris, Tacoma, Prius, Tundra, Sienna, FJ Cruiser, Venza, Highlander, Avalon, 4Runner, Land Cruiser, IS 250, ES 350, GS 350, RX 350, FR-S, iQ, tC, xB, and xD may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement map light bulb is part # 168 from manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, PIAA, Putco, and Eiko.

You can also use any other miniature wedge base bulb such as the 194, 158, 2825, W5W or a brighter LED unit.

The only tool needed to access the bulbs is a small flathead screwdriver.

You may also use a knife, metal nail file or a plastic pry bar tool.

Map Light Bulb Exposed
Pull Old Bulb Straight Out
Old # 168 Bulb
Insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in between the inner edge of the translucent plastic lens cover and the overhead console.

Gently pry out the lens cover and set it aside in a safe place. Only pry at the edge closest to the On/Off switch.

Grasp the old bulb with your thumb and forefinger before pulling it straight out of the socket.


Map Light Bulb Socket
Push New Bulb Straight In
Press White On/Off Button
Push a new # 168 bulb straight in to the socket.

If necessary, you can also use any other miniature wedge base bulb such as the number 158, 2825, W5W, 194 or a compatible LED unit.

Test the new map light bulb by pressing the round white On/Off button.

Line Up Lens Cover
Snap Cover In To Place
Test New Map Light Bulbs
Line up the plastic lens cover and insert the outer edge first. Gently snap the inner edge in place.

Test the new map light bulbs by pressing on the raised rectangular button at the front of the outer edge.

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

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