How to Replace the Taillights in a Toyota Camry
A broken taillight is a hazard to both you and other drivers on the road. Once you have purchased the right replacement bulb for your model year, replacing the taillight on your Toyota Camry doesn't take long at all. It also doesn't require any special tools, so it's easy enough for most drivers to accomplish.
- Moderately Easy
- #7443 replacement bulb (2007 and later models)
- #3157 replacement bulb (1997-2006 models)
- Flathead screwdriver
Engage your Camry's emergency brake and take the keys out of the ignition before starting.
Open the trunk by using the driver's side trunk release latch or by manually unlocking it.
Find the taillight assembly cover in the back of the trunk. Pry it open with your fingers or with a flathead screwdriver.
Locate the bulb socket holding the broken bulb. Once you've found it, twist it counter-clockwise and remove it from the assembly.
Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and replace it with the new bulb. Toss the old bulb into the garbage so it doesn't become a hazard.
Set the bulb socket into the taillight assembly and turn it clockwise to secure its position.
Test the new bulb to make sure it works before closing the assembly cover, replacing the trunk trim and shutting the trunk.