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Where the F do I pry to get the tail light off?

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by ToyotaTundraMike, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. Jan 12, 2018 at 2:16 PM
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    ToyotaTundraMike

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    Jesus christ it would have been to difficult for just the 2 torx screws to hold the tail light assembly in, I had to make a second trip to auto parts store for some pry tools. Only problem is I am just mucking up the painters tape all around my tail light and not popping it loose. Where is the sweet spot??
     
  2. Jan 12, 2018 at 2:18 PM
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    When I popped my lights out so I could VHT then I had the same problem. I just ended up putting about 5 layers of tape down, as well as taping the edge of the light and just pried as gently as I could in a spot that damage, should it occur, would be the least visible, until the seal popped. Didn’t end up cracking or scratching anything, so I called it a win.
    I can’t say that there’s a sweet spot. It’s all about finesse.

    God speed.
     
  3. Jan 12, 2018 at 2:19 PM
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    Welp nvm I just had to grow some nuts and pull harder
     
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  4. Jan 12, 2018 at 2:20 PM
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    Problem solved.
     
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  5. Jan 12, 2018 at 2:20 PM
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    Tools to pry? I just used my hands....takes some strength but not enough to break it
     
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  8. Jan 12, 2018 at 2:55 PM
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    jfrd30

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    WHOA, WHOA, WHOA there buddy!!! We don't need to be breaking shit here! Slow down and take a deep breath. You are smarter than that damn tail light....just use some stremf and strategery! YOU CAN DO IT!
     
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  9. Jan 12, 2018 at 2:58 PM
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    Lol! Thanks for the motivation but I have now conquered the demon that is a Tundra tail light. Think the frustrating part was trying to use the pry tools and be extra careful instead of just tugging on it.
     
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  10. Jan 12, 2018 at 3:00 PM
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    You sir are the master of all that you survey....great job!
     
  11. Jan 12, 2018 at 3:04 PM
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    um, you shouldn't have had to pry it all. once the torx screws are out, it should have basically fallen off the truck.
     
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    Tape? Pry tools? WTF? Just grab the fucker and yank it off!!! :muscleflexing:
     
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    There is a clip at the top and bottom that also holds it in. Similar to the clips that are around the grill. If it was just the torx screws it would have been cake. Gotta push or pull at the right angle and at the right spot to release the clips but it almost feels like your going to break it before it will finally release. Maybe mine was just a little tight since it was her first time.
     
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  14. Jan 12, 2018 at 3:54 PM
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    smslavin On a plane...

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    weird. mine just popped right out but then, i did take her dinner and whisper sweet nothings...
     
  15. Jan 12, 2018 at 4:03 PM
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    Here are the pry locations I needed to use for my 2015:

    IMG_3045.jpg

    IMG_3047.jpg
     
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    Mine fell off so quick I almost dropped it....Go figure .....
     
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    Yes, those two clips were tough on mine! Matter of fact, when I put it back together I put just a little grease on them just in case I ever have to take it out again LOL!
     
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