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Right brake light out 2004 Prius

Under the panel there are 3 light sockets for tail light, backup light and turn signal.  there is no access to the brake light.  access is under sheet metal.  is this a dealer only repair?  Does the whole taillight assy need to be replaced?  Should this be covered by the Toyota extended warranty?

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  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    How do I replace the tail light bulb in the rear of my Toyota Prius

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Th other post is incorrect, the 2004 has LED brake lights that are part of the tail light assembly. you have to replace the whole assy. There are two screws that hold the assy in, they are both covered by white cable clips. The clips just pull off and then you can use a 10mm wrench to remove the nuts on the screws. My brake light stopped working and during the removal, the LEDs started working again, hopefully you will find the same situation as the LEDs are supposed to last for years.

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  • JBarneBoise Nov 19, 2010

    I just had same problem with my LEFT brake light, and also was told the entire assembly has to ordered and replaced -- at a cost of $181. I guess we'll see if the removal process gets mine going again, or if the replacement unit is necessary. I do think it's a little rediculous to require such an expensive repair for what is essentially a faulty brake lamp on most vehicles.

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I have the same problem with my brake light its not the brake light but the led computer board at the bottem of tail light assembaly unfortonitly toyota dose not sell that led control board and makes you buy the hole houseing $210 for what is probaly a $ 20 control board

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One of the bulbs doubles as the brake bulb.It is the one with two elements in it.Toyota extended wont cover bulbs.

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  • dp127127 Dec 27, 2010

    Wrong, not a bulb. On the 04 Prius and other model years, the stop / brake light is an array of LEDs in the tail light assembly and you cannot get to them because it is sealed at the factory.

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