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How to access License Plate bulbs . . .

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Has anyone replaced the License Plate bulbs in a 2019 RAV4. It's not apparent to me how to access these. There is not an access panel on the inside of the lift gate as I've seen in several other posts and videos about earlier RAV4's. Thanks
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The panel has to be removed to access the plate light, the video in the post shows how to remove the panel.

https://www.rav4world.com/forums/191...ml#post2679767

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Outstanding, thanks that's a big help, I can do that. (Now I'm tempted to try the wrap too!)

Any guidance where I can look up part numbers for the various clips? I hate to start a job like this only to break a clip or two and have to get parts at that point.
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I'd find the look-alike fastener/clip on the website below which includes the OEM part number then find the part on Amazon so you don't have to buy so many, or just go to your dealer parts dept and they can look it up and buy a couple from them, but they charge a premium for parts usually. I haven't seen any '19 OEM parts online sites yet, just accessories, some don't even have '18 parts listed yet!

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Oi yoy yoy....All the more reason to put in a long lasting LED in that assembly!

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Oi yoy yoy....All the more reason to put in a long lasting LED in that assembly!
Aren't the license plate bulbs LED anyway? Why would you change them?
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They are in fact LED. I didn't know that at the time that I purchased a "Kit" of LED bulbs, which included what the seller identified as replacements for the license plate bulbs. Well, I thought, I've got these I may as well use them. After going through the process of dismantling the inside of the liftgate to access them, it seems that the bulbs aren't even replaceable. At least it appears to me that the gray housing with clear lens is sealed, and that the LED is a chip on a PCB inside of it. Perhaps they reasoned that since LED's have such long life that they would almost never require replacing. I took a couple of pictures of the housings which I'll try to attach.
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They are in fact LED. I didn't know that at the time that I purchased a "Kit" of LED bulbs, which included what the seller identified as replacements for the license plate bulbs. Well, I thought, I've got these I may as well use them. After going through the process of dismantling the inside of the liftgate to access them, it seems that the bulbs aren't even replaceable. At least it appears to me that the gray housing with clear lens is sealed, and that the LED is a chip on a PCB inside of it. Perhaps they reasoned that since LED's have such long life that they would almost never require replacing. I took a couple of pictures of the housings which I'll try to attach.

Are those four "clip like" things on the edge melted to the dark gray base? So that whole assembly goes into a lens fitting?

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Each of the two License Plate light assemblies snaps into one of the two cutouts in the lift-gate. The following photos are all of the lamp assembly to the left (drivers side) of the license plate as viewed from the exterior. Here are a few more photos . . .

1. Exterior view of the left assembly as installed. That's the back-up camera just to the right of the lamp assembly. (I could only take this shot straight on because my lift-gate garnish is off being wrapped).
2. Exterior view of the cutout in the lift-gate when the assembly is removed.

With the interior lift-gate trim parts removed:

3. Rear view of the assembly with power cable connected.
4. Rear view of the assembly with power cable dis-connected.
5. Rear view of the cutout in the lift-gate when the assembly is removed.

And a few other views of the assembly when removed:

6. An end view of the assembly. Note the snapping tab on the end, there is one on each end to release the assembly from the cutout.
7. Rear view of the assembly (Yes, the "Toyota" and other characters on the back of the assembly are upside down when installed, at least on mine).

So, after all that I don't think anyone is likely to go through this unless the factory LED actually fails and the assembly needs to be replaced.
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File Type: jpg Left License Plate Housing.jpg (106.9 KB, 6 views)
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File Type: jpg License Plate Light Housing Inside View Installed Connected.jpg (94.8 KB, 4 views)
File Type: jpg License Plate Light Housing Inside View Installed Unplugged.jpg (157.3 KB, 5 views)
File Type: jpg Left License Plate Housing Opening from inside.jpg (116.5 KB, 4 views)
File Type: jpg License Plate Light Housing Rght End.jpg (78.0 KB, 5 views)
File Type: jpg License Plate Light Housing Rear View.jpg (233.8 KB, 5 views)

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