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Toyota 4Runner Dome Light Replacement Guide

How to remove the dome light in a Toyota 4Runner, Burnt out courtesy light bulb install and replacement instructions

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This do it yourself (DIY) guide is for how to change the dome light bulbs in a Toyota 4Runner 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 4th generation model. This dome light bulb install guide may also be helpful to the owners of the 5th generation 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 models as well since they all use the DE3175 replacement bulb. Replacing the 4Runner interior overhead light is fairly easy and requires only one tool. These Toyota dome light install instructions may 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. This guide will show you how to open up the interior dome light assembly and remove the burnt out dome light bulb. The OEM replacement Dome light bulb part number for the Toyota 4Runner is a DE3175 and can be purchased online or at most auto parts stores like Autozone, Pep Boys, Napa Auto Parts or Autozone. Please refer to your owners manual for specific OEM requirements for your vehicle and aftermarket part specifications. Please read disclaimer.

Tools Needed: Small Flathead Screw Driver

4Runner Dome Light Radio
Back of 4Runner Dome Light
Dome Light Lens Cover Notch
The dome light is located in the center of the headliner above the second row seating and behind the sunroof.
Pry Open Dome Light Housing
Courtesy Light Housing Cover
Remove Dome Light Lens Cover
First you will need to use a small flat head screwdriver and insert it into the small notches in the dome light lens cover. Gently pry the lens cover open slightly on each side until it is free from the dome light housing assembly.
Toyota 4Runner Dome Light
Dome Light Retaining Clip
Push Light Bulb Tab
There are two DE3175 festoon light bulbs on each side of the dome light housing. To remove the 4Runner dome light bulb you will need to use your finger to pull back on the metal tab holding the light bulb in place.
Remove 4Runner Overhead Light
Toyota Dome Light Bulb Bracket
DE3175 Interior Light Bulb
You should be able to remove the dome light bulb from the dome light housing while pulling back on the metal retaining clip that holds the bulb at one end.

The DE3175 light bulb is available by many manufactures like Sylvania, AC Delco, Silverstar and GE. Many people chose to convert or replace the dome light with an LED bulb because they are a brighter white light bulb and they last longer. LED replacement bulbs are available from companies like Putco, Lumen and Philips 31mm festoon aftermarket bulbs.

Install Toyota 4Runner Dome Light
Install Toyota Dome Light Cover
Press Lens Cover Into Place
Install the new dome light bulb by inserting the end with the metal retention tab first. After the new light bulb is installed turn on the dome light switch to test to make sure the dome light works before you replace the lens cover on the dome light assembly housing.

Working New Dome Light Bulbs

If the dome light does not work you may need to make sure that the switch is not in the "Off" position. The Toyota 4Runner dome light has three modes, On, Off and Door. When in the door light position the dome light will only come on when a door is open or the door locks are unlocked with the key fob. If changing the bulbs does not fix the light check the dome light fuse to make sure it is not blown. If none of the interior lights work you may need a new interior light relay. You can try here for information on Toyota 4Runner Fuse Box Location and Diagram. If you need help changing the map light see the Toyota 4Runner Map Light Replacement Guide. You may also be interested in other maintenance and repair guides for other Toyota vehicles, please see Toyota 4Runner Maintenance and Repair Guides, and Toyota Camry Repair and Maintenance Guides for more helpful pictures and do it yourself (DIY) guides.
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