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Change tail light bulb

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by BigGuy31, Nov 4, 2016.

  1. Nov 4, 2016 at 1:03 PM
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    I needed to change my tail light bulb I removed the 2 torque screws but I can't get the light to come out what am I missing I didn't want to pull too much afraid of breaking something any help would be awesome it's a 2014 if that helps. Thanks
     
  2. Nov 4, 2016 at 1:04 PM
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    On my 2nd gen you have to twist the base and then it will pop right out. Should be the same for you.


    *EDIT sorry thought you meant the actual bulb. @TTU19 below has it...
     
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  3. Nov 4, 2016 at 1:10 PM
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    Do you mean you can't get the whole tail light off the truck? After you remove the torque screws, there are two push pins at the top and bottom on the other side that you have to pop out. Here is a photo that someone had shared with me.

    At the locations where the tape is, you'll need to use a plastic trim tool, or be very careful with a flathead screwdriver:
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
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  4. Nov 4, 2016 at 1:12 PM
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    LMAO yup those two tabs are a mother to wrestle with jus gotta b careful
     
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  5. Nov 4, 2016 at 1:17 PM
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    So where the tape is you have marked the pins are visible once you have the screws out and push in on them
     
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    You have to stick the trim tool in between the tail light and the metal and pry out. The clips will let go. It is just hard to get enough leverage in such a tight location. The tape just keeps you from scratching the paint. The tape in the photo is at the location just above and below where the clips are located.
     
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  7. Nov 4, 2016 at 1:24 PM
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    Freaking Toyota engineers!...my uncle used to to say.. "those damn chinese think of everything" when he would use his door striker as a bottle opener for his beer on his '88 Toyota P/U
     
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    Okay thanks for the help. Tape is good idea if you have to pry out thanks again
     
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  9. Jan 9, 2019 at 10:10 PM
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    Resurrecting this old thread now that I’m struggling with the same thing. Need to replace the rear turn signal bulb, so I searched for videos showing how to take the tail light assembly off. Of course, the few I found show it easily coming off. As is typical with my luck, though, mine is stubbornly stuck. Guess I need to get a plastic pry tool and try to pop it out without scratching the paint.
     
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    I’ve removed mine quite a few times. They’re still stubborn. After taking out the screws, get your fingers under the front of the light, and pull straight out to the side of the truck. I use my knuckles against the body of the truck as leverage.
     
  11. Jan 10, 2019 at 6:23 AM
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    Thanks for the tip. I'll try that later today.
     
  12. Jan 10, 2019 at 6:37 AM
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    Place some painters tape along the edge of the tail light to keep from scratching any paint. And, yes, a pry tool is a wonderful thing:

    IMG_3045.jpg
     
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  13. Jan 10, 2019 at 4:23 PM
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    Well, the finger knuckle option didn't work, so I had to use a plastic auto body pry tool. I didn't have blue painters tape handy, so I used a chamois, which kept me from scratching the paint. But that tail light housing was on so tight, the top red corner piece (right where the top blue painters tape is in the pic above), snapped off before I was able to finally pop it out. A little bummed about that, but live and learn I guess.
     
  14. Jan 10, 2019 at 4:25 PM
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    I push from the tailgate side of the tail light out.
     
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  15. Jan 10, 2019 at 4:26 PM
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    Yeah, I tried that, too, as tight as it was to get my hand in there, but it just would't budge. It was on there real good.
     
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    15whtrd I tried being reasonable, but I didn't like it.

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    Bummer. Sorry about the broken lens bud.
     
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    Yes, sir, sorry about the broken tail light housing. The painter's tape in my picture is right where the clips are located underneath the housing and are where you need to use the pry tool. I took my driver's side off when I did the rear diff breather mod to my truck. They are on there tight but sounds like yours were extra so. While I had my driver side off, I put a little dielectric grease on the clips to help with getting them off the next time. Haven't had the occasion to pull the passenger side off yet but I expect I will do the same with the grease on that one too in time. Did you get the passenger side off ok?

    IMG_3047.jpg
     
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    Man, I wish I would’ve thought about putting some grease on those pins. I’ll be sure to do that the next time. I didn’t bother with the passenger side because the bulbs are still good. Hope it’s not on there as tight as the driver side when it’s time to replace a bulb.
     
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    I did the same thing a couple weeks ago, a simple $20. LED reverse bulb swap ended up costing me $150.+ For a new taillight. That pretty much sucked.
     
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    $150?! Dang it! Where did you get your tail light from?
     
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    Non original manufacturer parts are cheap for a reason. They don't have to adhere to the manufacturers design or durability requirements. Typically you get what you pay for. I'm guessing it will fit or everyone would return them immediately. My guess the seal between the plastic pieces will fail in a couple of years and the light will flood. Burn out a bulb, maybe get corrosion to start on plugs, and then break when you go to get the water out and replace the bulb . By then any warranty is done and you will be SOL. But for what you paid for it you then can buy another one.
     
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    Good point on the seals, flooding and corrosion. Hadn’t thought about that.
     
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    Good to know...my 2015 has a light bulb contact problem. Blinkers click quickly when it the light is deemed as burnt out. I just bang on the lens with my first and starts working again. Dealer says they fixed it, my guess they didn't do shit!
     
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