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How do you replace the side marker light bulb attached to the headlight housing on a 2001 Rav4?


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2015-07-15 18:52:44
2015-07-15 18:52:44

Do not attempt to remove the housing. Attack from the underside.

Turn the wheel so that it points out. Pull back the thin black covering in the wheelwell part way. This is done by starting at the front of the car and part way up the wheelwell. You will need to remove two screws and one black snap button. (If the button breaks, you can get them at the dealership for pennies.) You should now have access to the bulb socket.

Entire process should take approximately 10 minutes.


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