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Toyota 4Runner Map Light Bulb Replacement Guide

Do It Yourself install and replacement instructions on how to change a map light bulb in a Toyota 4Runner SUV

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This automotive repair guide is specifically for the 2003-2009 4th generation Toyota 4Runner map light bulb replacement. Owners of the 5th generation 4Runner SUV may also find these do it your self (DIY) instructions on how to change the interior light bulb useful as well. The map light assembly is similar and requires the same OEM 168 wedge style bulb. This DIY guide is intended to show you how to change the burnt out front interior bulb that stopped working in a Toyota 4Runner in just a few easy steps.

The map light bulb for the 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Limited and SR5 models is the same. These Toyota map light instructions may also be helpful to owners of similar vehicles like the Camry, Avalon, Corolla, Rav4, Highlander, FJ Curiser, Land Cruiser, Matrix, Prius, Tacoma Truck, Sequoia and similar Lexus models like the IS350, LS350, GS350, RX, GX and LX SUV. Read disclaimer.

Tools Needed: Small flat head screw driver

 
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Toyota 4Runner Map Light
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Pry Off Toyota Map Light Cover
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Remove Toyota Map Light Cover
The map light is located in the front of the vehicle behind the rear view mirror mounted on the head liner near the windshield and in front of the sunroof or moon roof if you have one.

In order to remove the overhead light lens cover you will need to insert a small flat head screwdriver into the small slots in the front or rear of the map light lens cover. You can gently pry off the lens cover assembly from the map light housing, be careful how much pressure you use and do not twist the screwdriver because it will scratch your reading light cover. The map light cover is held on by small C-clamp style retention clips that pop the light cover on and off.

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Toyota 4Runner Map Light Lens
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Toyota Map Light Bulb
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Remove Toyota Overhead Light Bulb
Once you remove the Toyota 4Runner map light lens cover you can pull the map light bulb out from the interior light assembly with your fingers.

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Toyota Map Light Bulb 168
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Replace Map Light Cover
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Install Interior Lens Cover
The original OEM Toyota map light bulb part number is a 168 mini wedge halogen bulb manufactured by companies like Sylvania, AC Delco, Silverstar and GE. Once you have removed the old burnt out map light bulb you can replace it with a new light bulb by pushing the bulb into the map light assembly.

Replace the plastic map light cover by lining up the C-clips with the assembly and gently snapping them into place.

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Test Working Map Light
 
 
Test your new map light bulb after you have replaced the cover to make sure it works. If the map light does not work after installing a new map light bulb you may need to replace the interior light fuse or relay, try here for information on Where is the Fuse Box in a Toyota 4Runner and how to change a fuse or Relay.

The overhead light bulbs can be bought at any auto parts store like Autozone, Pep Boys, Napa Auto Parts, Advanced Auto Parts, Discount Auto Parts and some Walmart and Sears Automotive stores. If you are looking to replace the dome light try this guide as well How to Replace the Dome Light in a Toyota 4Runner. A popular after market modification to the interior lights is to use the newer longer lasting brighter LED lights from companies like Putco, Lumen and Philips. Before you start any maintenance or repairs make sure to check your owners manual for how often to change the light bulbs and proper replacement bulb size and maintenance interval information for your specific vehicle. You may also use a Chilton or Haynes manual for instructions on how to open the map light cover to change the bulb if you do not have the Toyota 4Runner owners manual. Also check out Toyota 4Runner Maintenance and Repair Guides for more helpful maintenance and repair guides.

 
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