I'd like to help my daughter replace a tail light on her 2002 4Runner 4X. I'd like to email her some info to make it easier for her.
Is the access to the bulb interior or exterior?
Are the fasteners Phillips, torx, etc.?
Will she have to take out a bulb assembly or can she reach the bulb to pull one and insert the new one?
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There is a lot to diagnose and check,, MORE than can be done on here...
Has the vehicle ever been wrecked in the back?? Make sure the tail light sockets are clean and hold the bulbs tight,,make sure all the connections are tight...especially going into the light bulb sockets..
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check see tail light lens has 4 screws holding it in place.if so remove 4 screws then remove rear tail light lens then replace tail light bulbs.if you have trouble replacing tail light bulbs the auto parts store sales person will help you free of charge and help you replace bulbs.i have seen auto parts stores sales person help people replace batteries,windshield wiper blades and light bulbs in vechicle if you have trouble fixin it your self.
My daughters 93 camry had the same problem, dash and tail lights. Turned out there was a broken wire in the switch. Replaced switch and lights work just fine. This was after checking every thing else. Switch cost about 95.00.
If the tail lights and the dash lights stopped working and the tail light and the panel lighting fuses are both o.k. and you can find no other blown fuses then the problem is most likely the headlight switch.
tail lights not working did the right thing in checking the obvious so what you need to do is find your brake light switch which is on the brake pedal [top] take the the connector off get a spilt pin or something that will by-pass the switch connect together if these brake lights only work with ignition on don,t forget to switch it on your brake lights should come on if so replace the switch
I took my pathfinder to U-HAUL and asked them to check the towing lights. There was a pinched wire by my tail light and they cut it and changed it out for me, it was $5. I am so glad that I didnt take it to Nissan. My second step was going to be getting a new dimmer switch..but the guy who worked on my car said that wouldnt be the problem. He also told me that replacing a fuse that kept blowing out was dangerous and after the first time to get it checked out. Learn something new every day!!