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Old 05-18-08, 05:39 PM   #1
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Default How to replace tail lamp bulb? Help please!

I can't figure out how to replace the burnt light bulb for the rear tail lamp on my 2001 LS430 - circled in yellow in attached picture. Anyone had experience doing so, help please! Thanks a lot! (Note: it's also the brake lamp.)
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Old 05-19-08, 07:12 PM   #2
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Default Nobody has done this before?!

I just want to know where can I access the bulb. I thought it's a common issue for owners with higher mileage LS....?!
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Old 05-19-08, 09:49 PM   #3
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look directly behind that part of the tail lamp in the trunk, there is a velcro carpet door flap. Open it !!

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I can't figure out how to replace the burnt light bulb for the rear tail lamp on my 2001 LS430 - circled in yellow in attached picture. Anyone had experience doing so, help please! Thanks a lot! (Note: it's also the brake lamp.)
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Old 05-19-08, 10:32 PM   #4
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Default Not that one....

I definitely tried that one already. It's for the two tail lamps that sandwiched the right turn signal. But the one I have problem with is the lower right brake lamp, precisely, the right half of the lamp in the yellow circle. Thanks for your input though!
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Old 05-20-08, 07:43 AM   #5
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I think there were 3 bulbs in there. I had to crawl into the trunk with a flash light to access it. Give it a try.
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Old 05-23-08, 09:05 PM   #6
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Finally, I found out that the answer is at the lower light bulb. It's a two-filament type. One of them burnt out. Thanks for responding though.
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Old 07-23-14, 11:29 PM   #7
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Hi, I'm also trying to replace a brake light on my 2004 LS 430.

The little Velcro hatch seems to allow access to the reversing and indicator bulb, but I can't reach the brake light bulb as it's too far down.

Do I need to remove the whole lens?

Or am I being daft?

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Old 07-24-14, 06:13 AM   #8
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Your 2004 had LED lights, no bulbs, I believe you gotta replace the entire assembly.
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Thank you! That explains why the previous owner hadn't fixed it. That sounds expensive. Do you mean the whole lamp assembly, including the lens? Or is there some internal part that houses the LED bulbs?
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the entire assembly, lens included.
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Old 07-24-14, 08:30 PM   #11
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go on ebay plenty of used tail light assemblies for sale with the newer LED style
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Old 07-27-14, 01:00 AM   #12
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Thanks again for help (only just bought the LS, as you may have guessed).

eBay doesn't seem to be offering me any used light assemblies that are the correct side (left) and are for the 2004 onwards LED lights. I'm in Australia and there are very few of these cars here. I'd be willing to pay postage from the USA but can't seem to find the right part. Maybe I'll try some local wreckers...
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Old 07-27-14, 09:49 AM   #13
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Tom, eBay has new OEM LED tail light lenses very reasonably priced: Pair > http://www.ebay.com/itm/231136350018
Or just the left side > http://www.ebay.com/itm/131069152815 Contact the seller offering a pair and ask for price for left side only. The auto recyclers may save you $100.
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Thanks for the link, Tom

I can see these are cheaper than from Lexus, but paying the freight charge on a new one brings it close to what Lexus here see asking.
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Are these plug and play for the 01-03 models? I'd like to upgrade to LED with the clear turn signals.
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