2003 Toyota Sienna - Need to replace left rear brake light
I've take the 2 obvious bolts from the tail-light cover. It doesn't easily slip out to accommodate the replacement of the rear brake light. It's doesn't make sense that you would have to remove interior plastic panels to obtain the access you need. What's the secret handshake to get at replacing the bulb? Please advise.
Re: 2003 Toyota Sienna - Need to replace left rear brake...
I just replaced my left rear brake light on my 2005 Sienna. I followed the manual directions and removed the two metal bolts from the tail light cover. However the assembly did not come off. I could open it a little and it appeared to be bolted from the inside. I looked online but didn't find an answer. I had already gotten pulled over and I didn't want to go to the dealer so I pulled on the assembly a little harder applying even pressure to the top and the bottom and it popped loose. I didn't yank it. There are two metal pegs that have a little lip on them and thats where you are getting the resistance. Hope this helps.
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For our 2003 Sienna, I removed the two obvious fasteners. I then had to use a screwdriver and gently pry the front part of the assembly away from the quarter panel. This is because there are two hidden pins that insert into plastic grommets near the quarter panel. See this photo which is a top view looking down on the detached assembly. It is a relatively easy thing to accomplish.
If the 2003 is like my 2002 Sienna and you are trying to replace the light within the hatch, then you have to access this light assembly through the rear interior panel. You can not remove the lens or the light assembly from the exterior of the vehicle. This really did take about 10 minutes. Step 1 - remove the 2 screws from the hatch back handle by flipping the covers down to access the screws. Insert a screw driver about 1/16 of an inch into the top of each end of the handle to flip the covers down. This will expose the screws. Step 2 - Use a socket drive wrench to remove the 10 mm screw from each end of the handle. Step 3 - Use a screw driver to slide the cover up and off of the retaining clip on the left (drivers) side of the rear panel and remove the 10 mm screw from the clip. Step 4 - Now the only thing holding the back interior panel on is about nine plastic clips. Carefully pull the panel away from the door starting at the bottom where the handle was removed. Work your way across the bottom and up the left side popping each of the snaps loose. Move back to the right and in my case the panel fell off in my hands. I was able to remove and replace the light with ease at this point.
1. Put your car on a level spot for safety and start your car Sienna. 2. For left front rotor, turn your steering wheel to the left all the way and stop the engine. DO NOT put emergency brake on! Put stopping blocks on the passenger front front, rear right and rwear left for safety. 3. Half loosen all front left tire nuts and jack up the left front then loosen all nuts and take the wheel off. 4. Use a 3" G-clamp from Lowes, Home Depot or any store near you, press against brake cylinder so that brake fluid flows back to its reservoir 4. Remove one bolt on the caliper and the other bolt loosen and lift the caliper with the other bolt on and rest on a block. Do not take the rubber hose off nor attend to loosen any brake fluid pipes and nuts. 5. Remove brake pads and remove the nuts on the rotor, done. If you need further assitance please let me know and if this assisted you please feel free to rate the solution accordingly. Thanks, Midwest-tek
If you are talking about the High Brake Light at the top of the tailgate:
1.) Take out the two Phillips head screws in the lens.
2.) Carefully pry the lens straight back . The gasket sticks to the paint so be careful not to rip the foam gasket.
3.) The bulb is a 921 replacement. Easily found size.
If you're talking about the brake light in the tail light assembly:
The instructions for accessing the tail light are in the Owners Manual. Basically, you have to remove one or two screw/bolts from the inside of the vehicle, then there are two snap type plastic hole/receptacle in the plastic tail light assembly. Be very careful that you pry on the housing in the proper direction, perpendicular to the entry of the snap in connector, or you will break the plastic bayonet or attachment to the lens assembly.
It sounds harder than it really is once you take a look at it. If you have a manual, it will tell you and show you how to get the rear tail lights off easily without breaking any of the plastic connectors. Hope this helps.
I have a 2001 Sienna and have had to replace most of my tail light bulbs.
The bulbs that are mounted in the fender (wrap arounds) have acess panels in the van's interior that easily pop out and expose the back of the light assembly.
However, the bulbs that are found in the lift gate are a different matter. You have to remove the whole interior panel to the lift gate to expose the light assemblies. Go to your auto parts store and get a tool to help pop out the plastic retainers from the lift gates metal frame. Don't force the retainers out. Go slowly and gently so that you don't damage the interior panel. If you are really gentle you might even get to reuse the retainers.
Look under the dashboard, next to/above the park brake pedal, for the interior fuse box. It has a black plastic cover. Remove the TAIL fuse, and see if it is blown. This should get you fixed up. Hope this helps, and Thanks for choosing FixYa.