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Toyota RAV4 Vanity Mirror Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to replace a burnt out vanity mirror light bulb in a 3rd generation 2006-2012 Toyota RAV4 compact SUV with pictures.

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Pry Out 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 compact SUV in replacing a burnt out vanity mirror light bulb or upgrading both 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 light bulb is part # 168 from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko, Putco & PIAA.

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

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

Pull Out Old Vanity Bulb
Old # 168 / 175 / 194 Bulb
Vanity Mirror Bulb Socket
Carefully insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in between the corner of the translucent plastic lens cover and the housing.

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

Avoid using excessive force.

The lens cover should pop out relatively easily.

To avoid scratching or marring the plastic, wrap the blade of the screwdriver in a thin cloth or instead use a plastic pry bar tool.

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


Push New Bulb Straight In
New Bulb Installed
Open Mirror - Test Bulb
Push a new # 168 miniature wedge base bulb straight in to the socket.

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

Slide the mirror cover on the sun visor open to test the new light bulb.

Line Up Lens Cover
Snap Back In To Place
Testing New Vanity Bulb
Line up the plastic lens cover over the light bulb housing and gently snap it back in to place.

Slide the mirror cover open to the left to test the new vanity light bulb is still working properly.

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

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