Toyota 4Runner, Tacoma and Tundra: How to Replace Your Dome Light

A burnt dome light in your Toyota 4Runner, Tacoma, or Tundra can be rather annoying when you're looking for something at night. Read on to learn how to replace it.

By Bassem Girgis - February 4, 2016

This article applies to the Toyota 4Runner, Tacoma, and Tundra (1984-Present).

The dome light, also known as the map light, in the Toyota 4Runner, Tacoma, or Tundra is designed to light up your interior. Even though it might not be important in the daytime, it's very important at night, especially when you're looking for something. The dome light is lit by a light bulb, which is bound to burn at some point of your vehicle ownership. Replacing it is simple and can be done rather quickly. So unless you want to use your phone to light up your interior, read on to learn how you can replace the dome light yourself.

Toyota 4Runner, Tacoma, Tundra How to Replace Dome Light

Materials Needed

  • Small flat head screwdriver
  • Dome light bulb

Step 1 – Remove dome light cover

Using your small flat head screwdriver, pry off the dome light cover very gently.

Removing dome light cover
Figure 1. Gently pry off dome light cover.

Step 2 – Remove inside cover

If you're removing the center console dome light, you will have to remove the second metallic cover to access the bulbs. Pry it off from the corner gently, then pry off the other side to remove it.

Removing dome light metallic cover
Figure 2. Remove metallic cover.

Step 3 – Replace bulb

Remove the bulb by simply pulling it straight out, then push the new one in place until it clicks. You can test the dome light before installing the covers to ensure it's working. Install the metallic cover and then the plastic, clear cover in place.

Replacing dome light bulbs
Figure 3. Replace bulbs.

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