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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.

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  • pizza_pete Dec 20, 2008

    I am having the same issue. It seems crazy to pull the interior trim to get to a tail light replacement.

  • Anonymous Apr 08, 2009

    It felt like I was going to break it when I tried to replace the bulb on my 05 Sienna. I will try to give it a bit more pulling effort.


    Thanks for the help, Seth

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    To get to rear tail lights/backup light

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    to replace tail light/backup light lens...passenger side

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2014

    I managed to replace bulb from the inside. But I dropped the old bulb inside the back light cover. Is there a way to take it out without disassembling the back light?

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    remove tail light

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Hi -
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.

Posted on Jan 11, 2009

  • RL Pascual Jan 29, 2012

    Caution: On a 2000 Sienna, the "two metal pegs" inside are actually mini plastic screws, I carefully tugged the casing and the two mini plastic screws inside snapped in two. Now the light casing doesn't have a way to lock down so it just flaps away. I had to use super glue to make the casing stay down. Oh well live and learn. Beware of internet advise.

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