Toyota RAV4 Headlight Bulb Size

2019 Toyota Rav4 ChartBulb Number
Headlight Bulb High Beam and Low Beam
LED
Headlight Bulb High Beam
LED
Headlight Bulb Low Beam
LED
Center High Mount Stop Light Bulb
LED
Brake Light Bulb
LED
License Plate Light Bulb
LED
Tail Light Bulb
LED
Daytime Running Light Bulb
LED
Turn Signal Light Bulb Rear
7440A
Back Up Reverse Light Bulb
921
Turn Signal Light Bulb Front(with Bi-LED headlights)
LED
Parking Light Bulb(with Bi-LED headlights)
LED
Side Marker Light Bulb Front
2825
Side Marker Light Bulb Front
98
Side Marker Light Bulb Rear
LED
Turn Signal Light Bulb Front(with multi LED headlights)
7444NA
Parking Light Bulb(with multi LED headlights)
7444NA
Stepwell Light Bulb
168
Stepwell Light Bulb
917
Vanity Mirror Light Bulb
194
Vanity Mirror Light Bulb
7441
Trunk or Cargo Area Light
168
Trunk or Cargo Area Light
917
Dome Light Bulb
DE3175
Map Light Bulb
168
Map Light Bulb
917

 

How to Change Headlight Bulbs on the Toyota RAV4

A compact crossover (a small sport-utility vehicle based on a car platform) produced by the Japanese car manufacturer Toyota, the RAV4 was the first of its kind. It debuted in Japan and Europe in 1994 and was launched in North America in 1996. It was designed for consumers that wanted the benefits of driving an SUV but the economy and maneuverability of a small car. RAV4 stands for “Recreational Activity Vehicle; 4-wheel drive” although not all RAV4s have this option.

Owners of the fourth-generation RAV4 (2013 to 2016 model years) will find this maintenance guide in changing burnt-out low beam and high beam bulbs very helpful. It may also be used as a reference for the newer RAV4 models, as there are very few differences in the steps. In the same way, owners of other Toyota vehicles like the Yaris, Matrix, Camry, Corolla, and Land Cruiser can also use this as a guide. It can even be used by owners of Lexus or Scion vehicles in changing the headlamp bulbs of their IS250, ES350, GS350, tC, xD, iQ, and FR-S.

Replacement headlamp bulb part numbers are #9005 for both the low and high beam headlamp bulbs. You will need a flathead screwdriver to remove the washer fluid hose on the passenger side.

You might want to change the bulbs on both left and right headlamps so you will have even illumination on both driver and passenger sides. Keep the old yet functioning bulb as a spare.

To replace the headlamp bulbs in your RAV4, follow these steps:

Step 1

Pop the hood and look for the windshield washer filler hose on the passenger side. Once you’ve found it, disconnect this. This provides better access to the headlight housing on the passenger side. Using a flathead screwdriver, lift or pry up the center of the black plastic rivet. Pull it entirely out of the socket and set it aside in a safe place. Move the filler hose away from the headlamp housing. You might want to tape the hose to the side to keep it from moving and getting in the way.

Step 2

Look for the low beam bulb compartment. This can be found near the outer part of the headlight assembly. Push down the release tab on the black plastic electrical connector, then slowly slide it off.

Step 3

Turn the round black plastic dust cover anti-clockwise to loose it. The wires will keep the cap attached to the plugs on the base of the old bulb. Pull the retaining clip on the blue plastic contact before you slide it off the old low beam bulb. Carefully turn the base of the bulb anti-clockwise, then remove it from the socket.

Step 4

Insert a new bulb into the low beam compartment of the housing. Make sure it has part number #9005. Turn the new bulb clockwise until it locks into place. Push the blue plastic power plug onto the contacts on the base of the new bulb until it clicks firmly into place. Put the round plastic dust cover back into its previous position then rotate it clockwise until it is securely in place.

Step 5

To change the high beam bulb, look for it near the middle of the headlamp housing. Press down carefully on the release tab on the black of the black plastic electrical connector. Slowly pull the plug away from the base of the old high beam bulb.

Step 6

Turn the base of the old headlamp bulb anti-clockwise. Once loose, pull it out from the headlamp assembly. Insert a new #9005 bulb into the high beam socket. Rotate it clockwise to lock the bulb in place, then connect the black plastic electrical connector to the metal contacts on the bottom of the new bulb. Make sure the connector clicks into place, as you wouldn’t want your headlights to flicker erratically while going over rough roads or bumpy terrain.

Step 7

Test your new headlamp bulbs by switching them on and flicking the headlight control lever from low beam to high beam.

Step 8

Put back the windshield washer filler hose in its original position.

Sometimes, vehicle owners aren’t satisfied with the brightness of their car’s headlamps. Other owners may have poor eyesight and need stronger illumination of the road ahead while driving at night. For them, inadequate lighting is no longer a problem, since advancements in automotive technology have made it possible to install brighter lights on their vehicles.

Most late-model or current cars come from the factory already fitted with projector-style headlamps. Some newer cars may have xenon high intensity discharge (HID) lamps as optional equipment, while the more expensive, higher-end marques may have them as standard. Xenon HID lamps produce an intense, bright beam of light that easily illuminates even the darkest roads at night. With this kind of lighting system, driving at night is much easier and definitely a lot safer.

To modify or upgrade your car’s headlights, you will need an aftermarket conversion kit. This is available at most aftermarket accessory shops and also online. Many companies, like Bosch, Philips, XenonHID, and XtremHID, manufacture xenon HID conversion kits. These conversion kits usually come with the necessary components like electrical harnesses, ballasts, relays, and capacitors. Of course, you have to make sure the kit is applicable to your vehicle, so it’s best if you buy these kits from a reputable vendor. They can give you the best advice on what kit to use with your car. Some of them can even provide an electrician to do the conversion for you, if you feel that you would rather have a professional undertake the job.

If you want to do the conversion yourself, you can use these videos as a reference:

Whether you do the conversion yourself or have a professional do it for you is your decision. However, it’s certainly a good idea to have brighter lights at night, since it makes driving easier and safer.

  • First generation (XA10; 1994–2003)
  • Second generation (XA20; 2000–2005)
  • Third generation (XA30; 2005–2016)
  • Fourth generation (XA40; 2012–2018)
  • Fifth generation (XA50; 2018–present)

Replacement from owner’s manual 2020 Toyota RAV4

You may replace the following bulbs by yourself. The difficulty level of replacement varies depending on the bulb. If necessary bulb replacement seems difficult to perform, contact your Toyota dealer. For more information about replacing other light bulbs, contact your Toyota dealer.

Preparing for light bulb replacement

Check the wattage of the light bulb to be replaced. (P.675)

Bulb location

Front (type A)

Front Light
  • A – Front turn signal/parking lights
  • B – Fog lights (if equipped)
  • C – Front side marker lights

Front (type B)

Front Light
  • A – Front turn signal/parking lights
  • B – Fog lights
  • C – Front side marker lights

Rear

Rear Light
  • A – Rear turn signal lights
  • B – Back-up lights

Lights that need to be replaced by your Toyota dealer:

  • Headlights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Side turn signal lights (if equipped)
  • Tail lights
  • Stop lights
  • Rear side marker lights
  • High mounted stoplight
  • License plate lights
  • Outer foot lights (if equipped)

LED lights

The lights other than the following lights each consist of a number of LEDs. If any of the LEDs burn out, take your vehicle to your Toyota dealer to have the light replaced.

  • Front turn signal lights
  • Parking lights
  • Front side marker lights
  • Fog lights (if equipped)
  • Rear turn signal lights
  • Back-up lights

Condensation build-up on the inside of the lens

Temporary condensation build-up on the inside of the light lens does not indicate a malfunction. Contact your Toyota dealer for more information in the following situations:

  • Large drops of water have built up on the inside of the lens.
  • Water has built up inside the light.

Replacing light bulb

Front turn signal lights/parking lights

  1. Turn the bulb base counterclockwise.
Turn the bulb base counterclockwise
  • Remove the light bulb.
Remove the light bulb.
  • Install a new light bulb then install the bulb base to the light unit by inserting it and turning the bulb base clockwise.
Install a new light bulb

Front side marker lights

  • Turn the bulb base counterclockwise.
Turn the bulb base counterclockwise
  • Remove the light bulb.
 Remove the light bulb
  • Install a new light bulb then install the bulb base to the light unit by inserting it and turning the bulb base clockwise.
Install a new light bulb then install

Fog lights (if equipped)

  • To allow enough working space, turn the steering wheel.
To allow enough working space
  • Remove the screws.
Remove the screws
  • Remove the screws and clips, partly remove the fender liner.
Remove the screws and clips
  • Unplug the connector
 Unplug the connector
  • Turn the bulb base counterclockwise.
Turn the bulb base counterclockwise
  • Set the new light bulb.

Align the 3 tabs on the light bulb with the mounting, and insert. Turn it clockwise to set.

Set the new light bulb
  • Set the connector.

Shake the bulb base gently to check that it is not loose, turn the front fog lights on once and visually confirm that no light is leaking through the mounting.

Set the connector

Reinstall the fender liner.

Reinstall the fender liner

Reinstall the screws.

Rear turn signal lights

  • Open the back door and remove the cover.
Open the back door and remove
  • Remove the securing screws and remove the unit.

Remove the lamp assembly by pulling it directly backward from the rear of the vehicle.

Remove the lamp assembly by pulling
  • Turn the bulb base counterclockwise.
Turn the bulb base counterclockwise
  • Remove the light bulb.
 Remove the light bulb.
  • Install a new light bulb then install the bulb base to the light unit by inserting it and turning the bulb base clockwise.
  • Align the grooves on the light unit with the claws, and insert the light unit straight so that the pin on the light unit fit into the hole.

Confirm that the light unit is completely secured.

Confirm that the light unit is
  • Reinstall the screws.
 Reinstall the screws
  • Reinstall the cover
 Reinstall the cover

Back-up lights

  • Open the back door and remove the cover.

To prevent damage to the cover, protect the tip of the screwdriver with a rag.

To prevent damage to the cover
  • Turn the bulb base counterclockwise.

Remove the cord from the clip before turning the bulb base.

Remove the cord from the clip
  • Remove the light bulb.
Remove the light bulb
  • Install a new light bulb.
  • Install the bulb base to the light unit by inserting it and turning the bulb base clockwise.

Secure the cord with the clip back again after installing the bulb base.

Secure the cord with the clip
  • Reinstall the cover.

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