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.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

For the 2010 model you pull the tail light assembly straight back to release it rather that to the side as indicated here.

Kevyn Hagemann said...

I'm just wondering if these tips will work for a Dodge van. Actually, I haven't encountered any problem with my car because I drive safely from Edmonton to Calgary. But I want to gain my knowledge about tips in fixing cars, especially for replacing brake light.

Judy said...

This was a huge help to me - thanks for the pictures - my husband was afraid to pull off the assembly - but I did it no problem after seeing the pictures :) Thanks!

Anonymous said...

This worked for toyota sienna LE 2008.

Anonymous said...

Worked Perfectlty!! The light bulbs are placed differently in the 2008 Siena, but easy to remove and replace. This was a huge help as I was also tentative on pulling the lighting housing from the vehicle. Thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

Worked Perfectlty!! The light bulbs are placed differently in the 2008 Siena, but easy to remove and replace. This was a huge help as I was also tentative on pulling the lighting housing from the vehicle. Thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

Worked Perfectlty!! The light bulbs are placed differently in the 2008 Siena, but easy to remove and replace. This was a huge help as I was also tentative on pulling the lighting housing from the vehicle. Thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

Worked like a charm for my wife's Sienna 2002. Thanks for sharing this!

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