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Old 02-17-12, 06:32 PM   #1
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I realize that this may sound like a dumb question, but I cannot figure out how to change the bulb in the rear sidemarker on my '99 RX without tearing up the lamp holder. Does anyone have some info?

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Old 02-17-12, 07:13 PM   #2
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTCrEvksX2g

http://www.carcarekiosk.com/video/20...ts/brake_light
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Old 02-18-12, 03:44 AM   #3
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I think he is asking about a rear side-marker, not the rear lights.

It has been several years since I worked on one of mine, which had a water leak. As I recall, the socket just twisted off, bayonette fashion. My side marker was filled with water (which is not an uncommon source of failure). I replaced the corroded socket, which comes with a short stub of wire and connector, and drilled a small hole in the bottom of the plastic assembly to drain any further leakage (a solution I read about here on this forum). Things have been fine since then.
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I think he is asking about a rear side-marker, not the rear lights.

It has been several years since I worked on one of mine, which had a water leak. As I recall, the socket just twisted off, bayonette fashion. My side marker was filled with water (which is not an uncommon source of failure). I replaced the corroded socket, which comes with a short stub of wire and connector, and drilled a small hole in the bottom of the plastic assembly to drain any further leakage (a solution I read about here on this forum). Things have been fine since then.
You're right, the one in the bumper. I should have looked at a picture, I kept trying to think what was back there and could not think of anything else but the rear lights.

I think this is a pic of the back of one: http://www.clublexus.com/forums/3381611-post12.html

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There should be a washer on the inner side of the sidemarker. So youd have to get your hands into the backside of the bumper. Then it simply deattached from its place.

Thats how my wifes car was atleast.
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There should be a washer on the inner side of the sidemarker. So youd have to get your hands into the backside of the bumper. Then it simply deattached from its place.

Thats how my wifes car was atleast.
That's exactly how my '99 RX300 was. I just ordered two new rear markers when the light blew out. Mine were so faded they weren't red anymore! I think they were about $15 each side. Kept her looking new with those replaced. I never really noticed a water problem after the new ones were installed.
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how do you get those REAR side markers off because one of the bulbs have died in one
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If I remember correctly, I started from the rear tire wheel well. Unscrewed the fender wall to access the markers.
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I've done this on both front and rear. First start by removing the rear mud/splash guard. Then just start removing some of the screws at the bottom of the wheel well and the piece at the bottom of the quarter panel. You can get it to open up wide enough to get your hand and arm up there. Next, there is a small stud mounted on the rear marker at the rear of the marker that is held on with a small bolt with a wide flange or washer attached. It may take a small wrench or something to loosen it. This was the hardest part. Once off, be sure NOT TO DROP the bolt down into the quarter panel!! Once off, the stud pops outward and the front of the marker slides back and can be removed. Then you have access to the bulb! When you put it back in, just hand tighten that bolt so you don't have to struggle with it again.
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I need to change my daughter's RX300 side marks, so I checked my old files and found a cache copy from rx300how2,
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File Type: pdf DIY Side Markers lights RX300.pdf (1.71 MB, 4182 views)
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I need to change my daughter's RX300 side marks, so I checked my old files and found a cache copy from rx300how2,
Do you have the rest of the DIY's from that site (including the pictures)? Those were awesome.
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Do you have the rest of the DIY's from that site (including the pictures)? Those were awesome.
I had the transmission fluid change, and oil change left in my old files, but I think other members had much better illustrations in their DIYs. If you need it I will to upload it.
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To all who posted here. Thank you for the DIYs, very helpful. Replaced all 4 of my side markers today.
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