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What hints/ tricks / advise can you give me to change the tail and brake lights on a 93 Toyota Previa. I don't want to **** / pull / apply pressure in the wrong way and break something. I have 335,000 miles on this old beast.

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  • Jess Ayers Jul 23, 2010

    the other expert helped me with the light on the rear corner but when it came to how to get the panel off the rear door, the advise I received is not detailed enough to make me comfortable that I will not ruin the rear panel or at least not be able to get it back on properly.
    The advise on the corner rear light was detailed enough to give me confidence to proceed. On the rear door (please confirm that the tailgate and rear door are the same), it says carefully pry it off. Where do I pry? Where are the points of a

  • Jess Ayers Jul 23, 2010

    the other expert helped me with the light on the rear corner but when it came to how to get the panel offf the rear door, the advise I received is not detailed enough to make me comfortable that I will not ruin the rear panel or at least not be able to get it back on properly.
    I'd like to know where to pry the rear door panel? Where are the clips and what are the attachment points like? Do I slip a screwdriver under the panel and if so where? Or do I just start pulling on the panel after I have removed the screw clips?

    Please I really need the hints of the experienced Toyota body person and/or lighting expert.

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Hi!!

How about a step by step R&R with pictures and everything??

Open the rear tailgate assembly


  1. Open the rear tailgate assembly.
  2. Remove the two retaining screws located on the inner portion of the lamp.
  3. Pull the unit out towards the rear of the vehicle to extract the assembly. There are two clips retaining the lamp in from the back, these may make removal tough.
  4. Twist and remove the socket with bulbs attached from the back of the unit.


Posted on Jul 23, 2010

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  • Rene J Solis Jul 23, 2010

    Give me a sec. I accidentally pressed the send button!!!

  • Rene J Solis Jul 23, 2010



    5 Twist and remove the bulbs as needed.



    To install:



    1. Insert new bulb into the sockets.


    2. Postion and secure the socket to the back of the assembly.


    3. Place the lamp into position and pushing towards the front of the vehicle, secure the clamps.


    4. Install and tighten the retaining screws



    The numbers got all messed up but this is how it goes. The first 1 & 2 steps, go with Fig. 1, The third step, with the second # 1, goes with fig 2, The forth step, with the second # 2, goes with fig 3 and the fifth step goes with fig 4

























































  • Rene J Solis Jul 23, 2010

    If you need further assistance, don't hesitate to ask!! And don't forget to rate this post!! Good Luck!!

  • Rene J Solis Jul 23, 2010





    REVERSE LIGHTS - REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
    See Figure 1



    To replace the reverse light bulbs, the rear tail gate trim panel will have to be removed, (the small holes one in the bottoom left corner and the other one in upper left corner are for the trim panel pop out fasteners).. Reach through the hole in the body panel and detach the socket for the lamp. Replace the bulb and install the socket and trim panel.












  • Rene J Solis Jul 23, 2010




    REVERSE LIGHT REPLACEMENT



  • Jess Ayers Jul 23, 2010

    Sorry but somewhere buried in all the verbage I indicated that (1) the tail gate (and by I'm assuming that we all mean the rear, swing-up door) light cover is gone so I'm not concerned with replacing those bulbs - though it would be nice to do someday - however, I cann't keep the cover in place, and (2) I have followed previous instructions to replace the brake lights in the lower left corner OF THE VAN ITSELF.



    Now my concern is to replace the bulbs in the left lower tail gate panel. At one point, I remove the two (or two of the however many their are) screw in clips and try to pry off the panel. I chickened out because it was very tight and I did not want to break a clip or creat a situation in which I would not be able to completely and properly replace the panel. So I need someone to 'hold my hand' and give me some confidence when I tackle taking off the back panel - by giving me step by step instructions for taking off and replacing (once I replace the offending bulbs) the tail gate panel.

  • Rene J Solis Jul 24, 2010

    I got you!, give me a few while I do some more research on those blessed clips.

  • Rene J Solis Jul 24, 2010

    I am wondering why is it that you need to replace all tail and break lights at once. If all of them are out, do you know that there is a RELAY that controls that circuit and could be blown????



    Check the folloing relay:



    Under Top Center Dash Cover in Relay Box, in Relay Block #1.



    Test the relay as follows: Apply voltage to terminals 1 and 2 (+) and (-) , and check for continuity between terminals 2 and 3, while the relay is energized, if there is no continuity, replace relay..



    Let me know if this applys to you!!



  • Rene J Solis Jul 24, 2010


    This diagrams do show the location of the trim panel fasteners.



    REMOVAL & INSTALLATION


    See Figures 1 and 2



    1. Open the tailgate completely.
















    1. Remove the inner trim panel.


    2. Disengage the electrical connector from the combination light and the electric solenoid as required. Remove the harness and position out of the way.


    3. Scribe the hinge location on the tailgate to aid in installation.


    4. Disconnect the damper stay from the tailgate and position out of the way. Disconnect the rear defroster wiring, if equipped.


    5. Remove the tailgate-to-hinge bolts and remove the tailgate from the vehicle.



    To install:



    1. Position the tailgate on the vehicle and align the scribe marks.


    2. Install the tailgate-to-hinge bolts and secure tightly.


    3. Install the damper stay to the tailgate attaching the upper end to the tailgate first.


    4. Reconnect the electrical harness as required.


    5. Install the interior trim panel.


    6. Close the tailgate slowly to check for proper alignment, and adjust as required.




  • Rene J Solis Jul 24, 2010




    Good Luck!!



  • Jess Ayers Jul 25, 2010

    I don't think it's the relay as the corner bulb was burnt out and works fine now that it's been replaced. It's not all of ts)hem - coincidentally two on the left; one in the corner assembly on the car and one of the lower left of the tail gate.



    I'm aghast with the suggestion (you sent instructions) that I have to remove the entire tailgate. That seems like a monumental overkill. I'll admit, that at my age, I like to work on things on bench in front of me.- but not at the cost of removing the tailgate just to change a bulb.



    The blow up of the attachment points is too small and when I magnify them, the words are not clear enough to read.



    Question for clarification please: As an occassional carpenter, when I think of 'trim', I think of the narrow boards that cover the ugly part at the edges while the wall covers the major ugly part like the insulation, wiring and plumbing. It seems like the context of what you mean by 'trim panel' is the entire panel and not just stuff at the edge. Do I understand that right? the trip panel is the entire panel covering the entire lower half of the tail gate below the window????

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If you need to change a lightbulb for lights in the tailgate, there are access panels on the inside of the tailgate that give you access to the light assemblies.

What hints/ tricks / advise can you give me to - dcbb2df.jpg

Fig. 1: Using a punch, push in the pin to release the clip


For 1993 Toyota Truck Previa 2.4L FI DOHC 4cyl check this procedure as reference guide to solve it.

Locate the the part that has wires leading into it after removing the access panel. That part (the socket the bulb lives in) is removed by turning the socket counter clockwise about one quarter to one half turn. Usually the socket will come out of the light assembly and the bilb will then be exposed. Holding the socket in one hand, gently push toward the socket on the bulb while turning counter clockwise. The bulb should release from the socket.

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Fig. 1: Remove the two screws on the inside of the trunk area What hints/ tricks / advise can you give me to - c81f23e.jpghe lamp


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Fig. 2: Slide the tail light unit out towards the rear of the vehicle

For the lights on the rear corner of the previa, raise tailgate. On the black tailight housing adjacent to the rubber weatherstrip where the tailgate mates with the body, you will see two screws that attach the tailight housing to the body. Remove these two screws. The tailight assembly is now held in place by a metal clip that squeezes the body panel of the vehicle where the frontmost part of the tailight meets the body(towards the front of the vehicle) the tailight assembly slides rearward to release. the little clip is fairly stout and requires a bit of effort. Be a little careful though, once the little clip lets go you may fid your self on the floor, or the wires that run the lights relieved of all their slack, anWhat hints/ tricks / advise can you give me to - 3407cb1.jpgring what happened. The bulbs are in sockets as above.



Fig. 3: Twist and remove the socket from the back of the lamp


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Fig. 4: Twist and pull out the bulb from the socket


If you have an older model, the tail light housing may have been there undisturbed for a while. Use something to pry it free a little by gently inserting between the unit and the car body - give a tweak just to break the seal a little between the rubber seals and the body. Be very careful not to snap the thin plastic bracket (with the two screw holes) from the unit when you pull it away from the body.

If the above doesn't work on the tail light housing, I found that the following technique was effective: with a 3-4mm blade screwdriver bore a hole in the thin plastic bracket at mid height, approximately 1 inch from the rear of the unit. Put the fingers of one hand behind the unit and put the screwdriver into the hole with the other hand. Grip the screwdriver close to the bracket and jolt it firmly a few times until slides out backwards. Once you have changed the bulbs fill the hole with hot mealt glue and cover with black tape.

Hope helps.

Posted on Jul 20, 2010

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  • Jess Ayers Jul 20, 2010

    Thanks I'll need a day or two to try this out before I release you. Jess

  • Jess Ayers Jul 20, 2010

    At the moment, I'm not close to my van as I'm at work. However, it looks like the first picture of the tailgate is for the center light by the rear window??? I have lost that housing and the wires are hanging as my past attempts to fix it failed because the clip or screw (so long ago that I cannot remember) did not hold.



    However, my main additional question is - what about the lights in the tailgate that are on the sides of the gate, near the bottom when closed. One of these lights is out. It looks like the tail gate panel will need to be removed. Right???

  • Jess Ayers Jul 20, 2010

    You said the following about the clip

    "The tailight assembly is now held in place by a metal clip that squeezes the body panel of the vehicle where the frontmost part of the tailight meets the body(towards the front of the vehicle) the tailight assembly slides rearward to release. the little clip is fairly stout and requires a bit of effort."



    First, where will I find the clip. I'm assuming that with the clip still in place that I will not be able to slide the tail light assembly back and swing it out as the picture shows. Is the clip visible before I try to pull the assembly back. Sorry but I'd like to know what to expect as much as possible before I actually try it.



    So, after I get the screws out, am I to try to slide the assembly back, out of the clip, before trying to swing it out?

  • Jess Ayers Jul 21, 2010

    Ok, I followed your instructions for the corner lights HOWEVER, I still have not dared pulling off the panel of the tail gate. It seems like the picture you sent showed the panel over the window light - I cannot be sure because the panel over the window light IN MY VAN is missing with wires hanging out. This is not the light of concern.



    The left lower rear door (which I think is what you are calling the tailgate) light is out and when I removed the two panel screw on the left side, the panel stayed securely in place. I gingerly tried pulling on the panel but being afraid to break a clip, I stopped.



    So, my Question is: how to I gain access to the lower left rear (tail gate door) door light bulbs?

    Thanks

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    ZJ Limited Jul 21, 2010

    Tailgate - REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
    (see Figures 1 and 2)



    1. Open the tailgate completely.







    Fig. 1: Exploded view of the tailgate assembly








    Fig. 2: Exploded view of the tailgate internal components






    1. Remove the inner trim panel.


    2. Disengage the electrical connector from the combination light and
      the electric solenoid as required. Remove the harness and position out
      of the way.



    3. Scribe the hinge location on the tailgate to aid in installation.


    4. Disconnect the damper stay from the tailgate and position out of the way. Disconnect the rear defroster wiring, if equipped.


    5. Remove the tailgate-to-hinge bolts and remove the tailgate from the vehicle.


    To install:



    1. Position the tailgate on the vehicle and align the scribe marks.


    2. Install the tailgate-to-hinge bolts and secure tightly.


    3. Install the damper stay to the tailgate attaching the upper end to the tailgate first.


    4. Reconnect the electrical harness as required.


    5. Install the interior trim panel.


    6. Close the tailgate slowly to check for proper alignment, and adjust as required.

  • ZJ Limited
    ZJ Limited Jul 21, 2010

    Check this part...




    1. Pop off the upper trim panel round screw cover and remove the screw.










    Fig. 4: Carefully pop off the screw trim cover ...











    Fig. 5: ... and remove the hidden screw






    1. Remove the screw around the door handle.










    Fig. 6: Remove the screw above the door handle






    1. Once all the screws are removed from the upper trim panel, pry the
      panel away from the door shell but be careful of the linkages.











    Fig. 7: Lift the upper door trim panel off the shell ...






    1. Disconnect the linkages from the door panel.










    Fig. 8: Disconnect the linkages from the door panel






    1. On the lower door panel, carefully pry the screw cover off and remove the screw.










    Fig. 9: Using a taped tool, pry the cover over the retaining screw off






    1. Using some force, pry the lower trim panel from the door.










    Fig. 10: Pry the lower door panel away from the shell






    1. Behcind the lower door panel is wiring from the window and other accessories, disconnect them.










    Fig. 11: Disconnect any accessory wiring behind the lower door trim panel











    Fig. 12: Extracting the lower door trim panel with the accessories disconnected






    1. Install the components in the reverse order of removal. Be sure to secure all wiring connections.



    Tailgate




    1. Raise the tailgate.


    2. Remove the screw type retainers.










    Fig. 13: Unscrew the screw-type clips from the tailgate trim panel






    1. Once unscrewed, the clips can be pulled out from the trim panel.


    2. Pull the screw type clip from the body.










    Fig. 14: Pull the clip from the body trim panel






    1. Carefully pry too loosen the panel from the tailgate. Pull the
      trim panel away from the body. Watch out for clips that may be broken
      and replace any if necessary.











    Fig. 15: Pull the trim panel away from the body





    1. Position the trim panel and attach it to the door. Be careful not to damage any of the clips.


    2. Secure the panel by installing the screw-type clips.

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