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How to replace tail light cover - 2003 Lexus SC 430

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  • argusrms Jul 30, 2008

    ....the rear door inside cover...

  • Anonymous Apr 03, 2009

    Great instructions! It took only 10 min to replace the bulb! Thanks!!!

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    What do you mean? are you talking about the plastic lens assembly??

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The brake light on my 2005 SC430 just went out. To replace the bulb, open the trunk and locate a nickel sized removable plastic plug on the black moulding surrounding the light. Pop out the plug with a regular screwdriver. Unscrew the single screw under the plug. This is the only thing holding the light covering to the vehicle. Now, standing in directly behind the light molding, pull toward you and down and the entire light moulding will slide out of the frame. It may take a little presure but it will slide out. If you have a rubber mallet you might use this to tap on the top part of the light moulding to assit you in sliding it out of the frame. When removed, the light is easily accessable for replacement. When light is replaced simply slide the light moulding back into the vehicle frame. Replace the screw and plug and your set. It took about 10 minutes for me. Happy Braking!

Posted on Dec 10, 2008

  • phobulous Jul 21, 2011

    I couldn't figure out how to do it so I took it to the shop. They were going to charge me 2 hours of labor just for this fix! Over $100! Your tip saved me! Thank you so much!

  • speederbryan Sep 12, 2011

    I have a 2002 sc430 and the manual tells you to take the car to the dealer (to replace a bulb??) and doesn't show you how to do it yourself..thank heavens for scooter5966..it was so easy to do, the bulb was $3.00 and took all of about 7 minutes to complete..and now I kno how to take care of this when it happens again..seriously, thanks so much!
    ..bryan in Beverly Hills

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No need to remove anything except one bolt, 10 mm size. Clip on the top, gently Pull down and toward you, do not force it. It is simple, but do not rush it. Be careful, the bolt is well hidden under the black cap. It is not the bolt inside the trunk, That bolt holds the retractable open...not the tail light assembly. Thanks to all the previous posted info.

Posted on Feb 23, 2013

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SOURCE: replace tail light bulb

open hatch, look for two screws, remove , push tail light gently back and forth to release from clips pull light assembly out , twist bulb socket to remove from housing, replace bulb.

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SOURCE: tail light assembly

If you look inside the trunk, you will need to undo the panel inside trunk to gain access to the bolts that mount the tail light assy's.

Posted on Jan 09, 2009

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