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Toyota Tacoma License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb on the bumper of a 2nd generation 2005 to 2015 Toyota Tacoma.

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Paul B. Michaels
Author & Photographer
Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2013 Tacoma License Plate Lights
Passenger Side Bulb Housing
This automotive maintenance DIY tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 or 2015) Toyota Tacoma pickup truck in changing a burnt out license plate light bulb in the rear bumper.

Owners of other Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles such as the Yaris, Matrix, Prius, Camry, Corolla, Sienna, RAV4, Tundra, FJ Cruiser, Venza, Highlander, Avalon, Sequoia, Hilux, Land Cruiser, IS 250, ES 350, GS 350, tC, xB, xD, iQ and FR-S may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The OEM replacement light bulb part number is 168.

You may also be able to use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # W5W, 2825, 158, 194 or a compatible LED unit.

No tools are needed to change the license plate light bulbs.

Look Under Rear Bumper
Wire, Socket, Light Housing
The first step is to reach under the rear bumper and locate the license plate light bulb socket attached to the back of the housing.

If you have trouble locating the bulb socket, you may need to lie down on the garage floor and look under the bumper.

1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Remove Bulb Socket
Rotate the bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.
Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Old # 168 Light Bulb
Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket.


Push In New # 168 Bulb
Rear of Light Housing
Push a new # 168 bulb straight in to the socket.

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

1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Bulb Socket Re-Installed
Re-insert the bulb socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.
Test New Light Bulbs
New License Plate Lights
Test the new license plate light bulbs by turning on the headlights or by pressing the "Unlock" button on the key fob.

For more, check out my other 2005-2015 Toyota Tacoma DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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