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I need to replace the tail light on my 1999 Sienna. I am able to replace the ones on the outside quarter panel, but the one that is on the lift door seems impossible to get off. I took off the one visible nut inside the door, and that side lifts up, but it seems to be held in place by something further in toward the middle of the door. I tried prying gently with a screwdriver and a knife around the housing, but to no avail. I didn't want to pry harder for fear of breaking something that can't be replaced. What do I do? ---- Steve

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  • portland17 Jul 19, 2010

    I need to replace the tail light on my 1999 Sienna. I am able to replace the ones on the outside quarter panel, but the one that is on the lift door seems impossible to get off. I took off the one visible nut inside the door, and that side lifts up, but it seems to be held in place by something more. How do I get to the bulb?

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    posted on Jul 19, 2010

    kapishtech
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    The procedure to replace the tail light on 1999 sienna is as follows:---
    1)The tail-light assembly on the body of the vehicle (not on the tail-gate itself). 2)Lift the tail-gate 3) Then remove the two 10mm hex bolts holding the assembly. 4)Then with the help of screw-driver pry/pull the forward part of the assembly outwards away from the side panel (perpendicular direction to the body side-panel). 5) For that you will have to exert some force, so take care not to break the plastic. 6)There are two metal posts embedded in the plastic assembly that lock into rubber sockets on the body panel, and with enough force in the proper direction, will pop out. 7)Now to detach the lamp-holder assembly inside, look for the press-release tab just below the top bulb position. 8)Press and release the holder assembly. You can then replace the bulb(s), and reassemble everything back in the reverse order. The top bulb #7506-21W, and the lower one is #7528-21/5W dual filament. This will help.
    Thanks. keep updated for any more query.

    Jul 19, 2010 - Thanks for your reply.
    I already figured out how to change the outer ones from the manual. It's the light on the tailgate that needs replacing, actually the break light. I can't figure out how to get access to it.
    Any thoughts?

  • portland17 Jul 20, 2010

    Thanks! I see how that will work.

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Answer Whether you just want to replace the bulb, or the entire lens assembly, the procedure is pretty much the same. You have to remove the paneling from the inside of the back door to get to it.

First remove the two screws from the handle in the lower left corner. Once those are out, there are just plastic clips holding the paneling on. You should be able to pull gently, and remove it enough to reach the bulbs.

If you are replacing the whole assembly, there are four nuts holding it on. One outside the paneling, on the lip of the door, and three under the paneling. You will need a deep 10mm socket to remove them.

I just did this for the first time, and it took a total of about 10 minutes, most of which was spent trying to figure out how to unscrew the nuts without a deep socket.

U ca n also access all kinds of info about this type of DIY repair at the Toyota site, just register the car, it is free.

http://www.toyotaownersonline.com/

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The procedure to replace the tail light on 1999 sienna is as follows:---
1)The tail-light assembly on the body of the vehicle (not on the tail-gate itself). 2)Lift the tail-gate 3) Then remove the two 10mm hex bolts holding the assembly. 4)Then with the help of screw-driver pry/pull the forward part of the assembly outwards away from the side panel (perpendicular direction to the body side-panel). 5) For that you will have to exert some force, so take care not to break the plastic. 6)There are two metal posts embedded in the plastic assembly that lock into rubber sockets on the body panel, and with enough force in the proper direction, will pop out. 7)Now to detach the lamp-holder assembly inside, look for the press-release tab just below the top bulb position. 8)Press and release the holder assembly. You can then replace the bulb(s), and reassemble everything back in the reverse order. The top bulb #7506-21W, and the lower one is #7528-21/5W dual filament. This will help.
Thanks. keep updated for any more query.you can rate this solution and show your appreciation.

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  • portland17 Jul 19, 2010

    Thanks for your reply.

    I already figured out how to change the outer ones from the manual. It's the light on the tailgate that needs replacing, actually the break light. I can't figure out how to get access to it.


    Any thoughts?

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