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Old 09-07-09, 06:41 PM   #1
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Does anyone know how to acces the rear tail light assembly to change the bulb. The tail lights are located on the hatch. I can not find an access point, screws, clips on the inside of the hatch.
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Old 09-08-09, 04:45 AM   #2
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You have too remove the panel to access the taillights
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Old 09-08-09, 02:43 PM   #3
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Tail lights are replaceable (bulb), not the stop lights (LED). The corner lamp assembly is held by 3 bolts. You will need to pry out the cover and reach in there and unbolt. Tight space. Need small hands...
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Old 09-03-14, 08:57 PM   #4
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Tail lights are replaceable (bulb), not the stop lights (LED). The corner lamp assembly is held by 3 bolts. You will need to pry out the cover and reach in there and unbolt. Tight space. Need small hands...
Don't unbolt. Just reach in and remove desired light bulb. The black wire in the pic going up is the outside tail light. Mine was just loose I wiggled it and it came back on.
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Old 12-14-14, 04:33 PM   #5
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I just spent several hours dealing with 5W wedge bulbs in my wife's 2004 RX330. This all started when the rear light outage warning light popped on in the instrument cluster which I traced to the left outside taillight (comes on when the parking lights or headlights are turned on). As noted, you don't have to remove the taillight housing if your hand is small enough to reach up in the access opening just inside the rear lift gate opening.

However when I pushed the replacement 5W bulb into the socket on the end of the wiring harness, I found the amount of force alarmingly low. Usually when I replace a wedge bulb, there's a reassuring amount of resistance as I push the contact end of the bulb in place. When I turned on the parking lights with the new bulb installed, I was not too surprised that the replacement bulb did not light.

I did remove the bulb and flare the loop contacts on the end of the bulb outwards, reinstalled it in the socket, and got the bulb to light up when I turned the parking lights on.

However on the next trip in the car, sure enough, the rear light outage warning popped on again, and a visual check confirmed that the bulb was, again, not lit.

So back into the access panel again. Except this time, I used the pointed end of a small nail to *carefully* bend the contacts in the socket so that they would pinch the loop connections on the end of the wedge bulb more firmly. After this tweak, I felt more resistance more to my liking when I installed the light bulb, and it lit up when I tested it.

Since my mind was already on task, i checked the other exterior lights of the car and discovered that two other lights--both also 5W wedge bulbs--were burnt out, namely a front parking light in the high beam assembly and a front side marker light. I'll skip how much, um, fun those were to replace, but before installing those wedge bulbs, I did the same tweak of gently bending the contacts so that they would pinch the bulb contacts more firmly. I'll see how it turns out during our next trip out.
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Old 12-30-14, 10:45 PM   #6
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Hi Redgs400. Are the bulbs still working fine since the adjustment to the bulb contact points? Or did they go out again? I have this problem with one of my tail light bulbs.

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I just spent several hours dealing with 5W wedge bulbs in my wife's 2004 RX330. This all started when the rear light outage warning light popped on in the instrument cluster which I traced to the left outside taillight (comes on when the parking lights or headlights are turned on). As noted, you don't have to remove the taillight housing if your hand is small enough to reach up in the access opening just inside the rear lift gate opening.

However when I pushed the replacement 5W bulb into the socket on the end of the wiring harness, I found the amount of force alarmingly low. Usually when I replace a wedge bulb, there's a reassuring amount of resistance as I push the contact end of the bulb in place. When I turned on the parking lights with the new bulb installed, I was not too surprised that the replacement bulb did not light.

I did remove the bulb and flare the loop contacts on the end of the bulb outwards, reinstalled it in the socket, and got the bulb to light up when I turned the parking lights on.

However on the next trip in the car, sure enough, the rear light outage warning popped on again, and a visual check confirmed that the bulb was, again, not lit.

So back into the access panel again. Except this time, I used the pointed end of a small nail to *carefully* bend the contacts in the socket so that they would pinch the loop connections on the end of the wedge bulb more firmly. After this tweak, I felt more resistance more to my liking when I installed the light bulb, and it lit up when I tested it.

Since my mind was already on task, i checked the other exterior lights of the car and discovered that two other lights--both also 5W wedge bulbs--were burnt out, namely a front parking light in the high beam assembly and a front side marker light. I'll skip how much, um, fun those were to replace, but before installing those wedge bulbs, I did the same tweak of gently bending the contacts so that they would pinch the bulb contacts more firmly. I'll see how it turns out during our next trip out.
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Old 12-30-14, 10:51 PM   #7
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Exactly the thread I needed. My 330 rear light outage warning comes on intermittently, so suspect loose connection. Light is out sometimes, so it's still working. So, all of the hatch panel has to be opened up?
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Old 12-31-14, 08:05 PM   #8
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This fixed my intermittent taillight bulb problem. The bulb was loose and wiggled and now it is snug tight. Thanks
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