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Question Replacing Rear Side Marker Assembly

I am replacing the passenger side rear marker assembly. Can anyone tell me how to access the electrical connector on a 1999 L? Only the socket and bulb are still attached. The housing and red cover plate both broke off. I need to disconnect the old wires and connect the new ones. I can feel what I think is the connector with my fingers when I trace the wires by feel towards the front of the car. Thereís not enough room to disconnect it. Whatís the secret, please?
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I believe the wire is held on with some type of trim clip, I was able to pop that loose then pull the wire out enough to disconnect the light.


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The panels into which the marker light fixtures fit come off with a plastic trim pry tool and maybe a 10 mm socket and Phillips head screwdriver. Start from the tailgate (with the tailgate open) to see the screws/bolts holding it in place. I recently bought a pair of new fixtures on eBay for around $25.
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This project coming up for me too, so any more hints from those who have completed it welcomed!


One of my marker's black housings is crumbling, so a pair, one for each side, on order.

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I just did these, on both rear sides. Some hints:

If you have rear mud flaps, they must come off. If you have fender flares, at least the back half have to be unscrewed. Due to age/rust, expect some screws to snap and thus make big headaches extracting them, etc.

The inner trim panel (inside rear hatch area) does not need to come off, just the lower exterior plastic trim panel. There's two bolts/screws that do need to be removed from that exterior panel via having the hatch door open. There's another similar bolt/screw that goes up from underneath the panel, toward the front/near the wheel well.

Also remove the screws from inside the well through the panel. There's a big one at the top, inside the wheel well, that goes straight up.

The panel is also held on by two weird, large white plastic clips that attach over two white knobs. Pull the panel to the back and out to release. However the marker light's cord is still attached, so don't pull the panel too hard/far.

After getting the harness loose from the panel, to unclip the white coupling that's holding the two ends together depress the little tab while also using a tiny flat screw driver in the little slot to pry the two plugs apart. More soon on the new parts. Dinner time! :-)

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Clean the connector, and lube its outside a tiny bit with some dielectric grease.

The pair of new marker lights I bought were from seller "components_plus" with the auction title:

NEW REFLECTOR LIGHT PAIR FITS TOYOTA RAV4 1998 1999 2000 TO2861109 81760-42010

Be sure to get the correct ones for your year and country. The black housings of both my old one crumbled as they were unscrewed, and the red lenses, that I had replaced some years ago with new OEM versions, also had failed a little at one screw-point each.

The above replacements were very, very nice parts that fit well! Rare with non-OEM parts lately, in my experiences.

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