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Tail Light Removal...DIY w/ pics; 56k watch out now!!

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WITHOUT having to take off rear bumper. It was a little bit tricky, but I didn't want to have to deal with the bumper removal.

Someone scraped the corner of my bumper with their vehicle....at the same time, it cracked the lens of my px side tail light.

Got a new one from Ebay, and here's the install with a few pics.

Hope this helps anyone who has to change that crap out.

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Step 1: Pop the trunk




Step 2:

Remove trunk lining to gain access to the spare tire








Step 3: Unscrew the "Grocery hook"...careful when pulling out. It popped me in the eyeball.






Step 4: Peel back trunk liner to gain access to the bulbs and the three screws that hold the lens housing in place;






Step 5: Unscrew the 3 screws that hold the housing in place. DO NOT DROP THE NUTS...LoL




Step 6: Once the 3 nuts have been removed, you can gently shimmy out the light.



Step 7: Tail light removed.



Step 8: Picture of new Ebay light. Its aftermarket, but you cannot tell the difference unless you look at the manufacturing numbers.



Step 9: Put new light in exactly how you took it out, and reverse your disassembly steps for re-assembly.

All done!! (don't forget to plug your bulbs back in too)



I have an extra tail light now for anyone who wants it for experimental purposes. It has a slight crack in the lens. If you want it, all I ask is that you pay shipping. PM me anytime.

Hope this was helpful :thumbup::thumbup:
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This is added to DIY Section. Just wondering :confused: If someone has posted removal of the trunk tail lights (pics and Steps). Because trunk mounted this lights are also part of Tail lights......:lol:
You push the white plastic piece in and pull the taillight out. Even if you break it, its replaceable. I broke mine cuz I had no way of getting it out and it was a bitch.

With a bit of a search, you'll find it - http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/showthread.php?t=260042&highlight=led+part+number&page=2

I bought the piece and was going to use it but never did. Trunk light fits fine. Now I have the piece sitting here doing nothing.
 

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I disagree that you can remove the tail just by wiggling it out. Good for you if you can.

I just installed LED lights on my 2009 camry and no wiggling or pulling up helped.

If like me you dont want to tamper with your bumper cover do this: after removing the three bolts from the back. Pull the tail out till it's loose and the only thing that holds it back is that damn plastic piece that snaps both onto the tail and the top of the bumper cover. Get a flash light and find its exact location under the light and a flat and long screw driver, or anything thats flat and long and can go between the taillight and the bumper, and with one firm tap on it push the piece backward. It took me one firm tap for each of the two tail lights. The black piece came loose and fell off, unbroken and undamaged.

When I wanted to put the LED tails in I first installed that black piece on top of the bumper, and then I carefully aligned the part of the taillight that the black piece goes into and pushed the taillight in. When you do this last part be aware of the pin on the outer corner of the taillight and align that one too. Push it in and then tighten the 3 bolts and you are done.
 

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Rear Tail light replacement Camry 2008

WITHOUT having to take off rear bumper. It was a little bit tricky, but I didn't want to have to deal with the bumper removal.

Someone scraped the corner of my bumper with their vehicle....at the same time, it cracked the lens of my px side tail light.

Got a new one from Ebay, and here's the install with a few pics.

Hope this helps anyone who has to change that crap out.

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How were you able to get around the plastic bracket at the bottom that is "clipped to the rear bumper. Which makes it impossible to pull it right backwards since its held in place by that black bracket.

Peter

Step 1: Pop the trunk




Step 2:

Remove trunk lining to gain access to the spare tire








Step 3: Unscrew the "Grocery hook"...careful when pulling out. It popped me in the eyeball.






Step 4: Peel back trunk liner to gain access to the bulbs and the three screws that hold the lens housing in place;






Step 5: Unscrew the 3 screws that hold the housing in place. DO NOT DROP THE NUTS...LoL




Step 6: Once the 3 nuts have been removed, you can gently shimmy out the light.



Step 7: Tail light removed.



Step 8: Picture of new Ebay light. Its aftermarket, but you cannot tell the difference unless you look at the manufacturing numbers.



Step 9: Put new light in exactly how you took it out, and reverse your disassembly steps for re-assembly.

All done!! (don't forget to plug your bulbs back in too)



I have an extra tail light now for anyone who wants it for experimental purposes. It has a slight crack in the lens. If you want it, all I ask is that you pay shipping. PM me anytime.

Hope this was helpful :thumbup::thumbup:
 

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cant seem to shimmy it out.

i have been trying to pull it out and still havent been able to get the light out. i have an LE 2011 ive seen some videos that i have to remove my bumper? and i did remove a screw under the bumper which is next to the wheel and still nothing happens i was able to just shake the housing of the tail light but it wont come out.do i really have to remove my bumper and if so what to do. i really would just like to loosen it but not take it out. just enough to remove the taillight.
 

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I found that there was a black clip connecting my tail light to the bumper and broke the clip on one of my tail lights (not the white clip you guys speak of). It was extremely difficult for me to remove the tail light as well using this method. For the second tail light, I just removed the bumper. It saved me a lot more stress and time that way and you do not need to fully remove the rear bumper, just slide the bumper out of the black clip. Please do it this way. I feel it is the proper way and you won't risk damaging your vehicle.
 
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