How do you replace the cigarette lighter on a 1997 4Runner?
I am replacing the factory radio in a '97 SR5 4runner, the
lighter does NOT come off like a Normal lighter. Usually, they just
twist/unscrew and voila! This one has plastic tabs that need to be
accessed from behind the trim. I fully removed the trim (due to
radio install) and STILL broke a small plastic tab off the
retaining clip while trying to remove the lighter. Bummer, but no
one will see and it doesn't affect normal operation! hope this
helps. Very easily follow instructions to remove the stereo
(Crutchfiled.com). The 12v plug (lighter socket) is attached to the
center housing (usually black on all 4Runners) has two electrical
plugs to the back of the lisghter socket: one for the 12v feed, the
other for the green illumination lamp. The lighter socket itself
will twist out and a replacement lighter socket can be purchased at
a junkyard or local dealer.