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Toyota Yaris Cargo Area Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out cargo area or trunk light bulb in a 3rd generation 2012-2016 Toyota Yaris with pictures.

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2015 Yaris Cargo Area Light
Pry Open Access Cover
Tail Light Access Panel
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Toyota Yaris in changing a burnt out trunk or cargo area light bulb.

Owners of other Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles such as the Corolla, Matrix, Prius, Camry, RAV4, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, FJ Cruiser, Venza, Highlander, Avalon, Sequoia, 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 compatible replacement festoon or "fuse" style light bulb is part number DE3022.

You can also use a brighter DE3022 LED bulb.

The only tool needed to access and replace the cargo area or trunk light bulb is a small flathead screwdriver or a plastic automotive panel pry bar tool.

Insert Hand In Opening
Push Out Light Housing
Press Release Tab
The first two steps are to open the tailgate door and then move to the left (driver) side of the cargo area.

Locate the notch on the rear edge of the tail light bulbs access panel.

Use a small flathead screwdriver or a plastic automotive panel pry bar tool to gently remove the access cover.

Set the access cover aside in a safe place.

Carefully reach in and pop out the cargo area light bulb housing from the plastic panel.

Try to avoid touching the rear of the light housing for too long since it might be hot enough to burn your fingers. For extra safety, I recommend wearing a glove.

Press in the release tab on the white plastic electrical connector before sliding the power plug straight out of the socket.

Pry Off Black Plastic Cover
Rear Cover Removed
Pull Back Electrical Contact
Use the small flathead screwdriver to pry the black plastic cover off the rear of the light housing.

Be careful when you remove the old light bulb. If it was recently turned on, it might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.

Gently pull back one of the metal electrical contacts and remove the old bulb from the socket.


Old Light Bulb Removed
Old # DE 3022 Festoon
Install New DE3022 Bulb
Insert a new festoon style # DE3022 light bulb in to the socket.

Tip - If you are installing an LED bulb and it doesn't work at first, try flipping it around in the socket.

Push On Back Cover
Push In Power Plug
Re-Insert Light Housing
Push the rear cover on to the light housing until it clicks securely in to place.

Push the power plug back in to the socket on the light housing.

Re-insert the light housing in to the cargo area panel and snap it back in to place.

Re-Insert Access Cover
Plastic Clips Secured
Test New Cargo Light
Replace the tail light bulbs access cover.

The new cargo area light bulb should have turned on as soon as you re-inserted the power plug.

If it didn't turn on, test the new light bulb by activating the interior lights by pressing the "Unlock" button on the key fob or by turning on the headlights.

For more, check out all of my 2012-2016 Toyota Yaris DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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