How to change the dash lights on a rav4

Updated July 20, 2017

Replacing the dash lights on your Toyota RAV4 is a simple but necessary task. If the dash lights on your RAV4 are burnt out, you will have a difficult time seeing all of the gauges and instrumentation located on the instrument cluster. It's advisable to change the dash lights as soon as they burn out. Replacing them is simply a matter of pulling the instrument cluster out of the vehicle and changing the bulbs.

Park the RAV4 on a level surface and open the driver's side door. Lower the steering wheel to its lowest position in order to have more room to work.

Remove the two dash trim securing screws directly above the instrument cluster. The dash trim does not need to be removed --simply loosened -- in order to remove the instrument cluster. Raise the dash trim as high as it can go in order to access the cluster.

Remove the two screws securing the instrument cluster to the RAV4 and pull it toward you. Reach behind the cluster and unplug its two wire connections. Pull the cluster out of the vehicle.

Remove any burnt out bulb by rotating it counterclockwise and pulling it out of its socket. All of the bulbs are located on the underside of the instrument panel. Install new bulbs by pushing them into the socket and rotating them clockwise. Reconnect the wire connections to the instrument cluster and place it back into the RAV4.

Reinstall the two screws to the cluster followed by the two dash trim screws.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Replacement 194-type bulbs
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Daniel Valladares began his career as a medical writer in 2008. He has written patient education brochures for several pharmaceutical companies and has worked as an auto mechanic at Kim's Speedy Auto Service since 2007. Valladares holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Rice University and is currently studying to become a personal trainer.