Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Changing the tail light / brake light on Toyota Sienna

Here are some instructions for changing a tail light/brake light on a Toyota Sienna.

Step 1: Remove 2 bolts that fasten the tail light assembly to the body

Step 2: Pull the tail light out sideways from the vehicle to remove.
See the 2 prongs that stick out from the tail light and push into the body of the van in the picture below.

Step 3: Remove the light housing from the tail light assembly by pinching the clip and pulling.

Step 4: Remove the bulb
Push in and twist.

Step 5: Determine bulb type
Printed on the base of the bulb is the type.

In my case I needed a P21/5W.
Alternatively you can look it up at the parts store. I went to Canadian Tire with the bulb in hand and I am glad I did because the parts book listed the wrong type of bulb.
Here it is in its package

Installation is the reverse of removal.
I hope this helps.

Fix Toyota Sienna Mirror - Part 2

Well almost 2 years to the day and I am replacing another mirror on my van. Luckily I followed my own instructions and it only took me about 15 minutes.
If you find yourself in the same situation then see my previous post for an explanation on how to do it.