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How to Replace Third Brake Light 05-16 Toyota RAV4

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How to Replace Third Brake Light 05-16 Toyota RAV4

Created on: 2019-09-25

Check out this video to learn how to replace the 3rd brake light assembly on your 05-16 Toyota RAV4. 1A Auto shows you how to DIY and save money!

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools

    Pick

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions

    Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

    Door Panel Removal Tool

    Trim Tool Set

Installation Video
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What's up guys. I'm Andy from 1AAuto. In this video I'm going to show you how to replace the third brake light assembly on this 2010 Toyota Rav4. If you need parts for your vehicle click the link in the description and head over to 1AAuto.com. Open the back door. You're going to take these two bolts out, there's one there, there's one on the other side. You'd use a Phillips head screwdriver or a 10 millimeter socket and a ratchet. I'm going to be using an electric ratchet. Take that one out and then this one.

All right, now I'm just going to take a trim tool, get underneath here, pop this out, pops up like this. There's a couple little tabs in there so be careful with those. Take this off just like that. There's a couple of little push pins. I'm going to have to swap over afterwards. And then there's this little plug right here so we want to take that plug out. Just grab that and pull it out. Then there's another 10 millimeter bolt right there. You're going to disconnect the connector. Just push down on the tab, slide it out.

And then, I'll just take a plastic trim tool. You want to make sure it's plastic. You don't want to scratch the glass or break the glass. Just get under here and just pry just like that. There's some push pins and they come out at an angle. Just support this and just slide it out.

Okay. Now we're going to take out the third brake light assembly. Now you might be able to do this while this piece is in the car but it's going to be very difficult to get a screwdriver in there so with it on the bench it's a lot easier. Take a number two screwdriver, loosen up these screws, Phillips head screwdriver. And take this one out as well. This one's a little rusty. Let go. Just grab the pick and get underneath the light and just slide it out and slide the harness through. And there's your third brake light assembly.

I'm just going to take a little cleaner and a rag and just clean this up a little bit. All right. Just take the third brake light assembly. We're going to install the wiring harness first. Just line it up and make sure it comes through. That's all lined up. The screws and the Phillips head screwdriver. And then just snug it down and snug this one down. All right. Now we just want to align those tabs up but send the wiring harness through first. Before we push it on we'll just double check and make sure that has gone through and it's good. We could actually connect that right now. Lock that in place.

Now those are all lined up. Just give it a push. We'll take these bolts. Just use a 10 millimeter socket. We'll start this one first. Have to wiggle the trim panel a little bit, get these other two started. Just take a ratchet and just snug them up, not too tight. Take this rubber grommet cover and just plug it in. I'm going to just take these push clips out. We have this tool. We sell this at 1AAuto.com. Slide it on there, pop it out. It works slick. Same with this one. Just reinstall them right here. Lock it in place. Just like that. And this goes this way. Line this up and lock it in.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Pick

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Door Panel Removal Tool
  • Trim Tool Set


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