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I switched out my puddle lights with LEDs and I could not get a piece of the side mirror back in LOL

Discussion in '5th Gen 4Runners (2010+)' started by h4yd3n, Jan 14, 2020.

  1. Jan 14, 2020 at 6:16 PM
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    h4yd3n

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    It was shockingly easy to remove the side mirror housing and get access to the puddle light. I just followed a YouTube video where we didn’t even need to remove the actual mirror itself.

    Tips:
    1. be warned that the bottom plastic piece adjacent to the door metal body has a tendency to pop out (see pics).

    2. If this bottom piece slightly pops out as you pull off the main back housing piece, immediately push that bottom piece back into place. Do not tug on it to make it pop out further. Otherwise, there is a long plastic clip in the middle of the bottom housing that gets caught on something and does not easily pop back into place (I circled in red in the pic).

    3. I learned from my lesson, for my other side mirror and did it properly without the bottom piece popping out.

    4. I had to take it to the dealer for my regular 5000 mile service and they graciously put it back in for me LOL.

    Overall, totally worth it to replace the puddle lights. They were previously so weak, that I had no idea they even existed until I saw videos of complete 4Runner LED replacements in tribute. Now the LED puddle lights are strong enough to illuminate the ground, and more importantly, look like a luxury vehicle.

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  2. Jan 14, 2020 at 6:21 PM
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    That's different, had my mirrors apart a couple times. Did you pop the mirror glass out to get to the puddles?
     
  3. Jan 14, 2020 at 6:22 PM
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    h4yd3n

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    Nope I just gently tugged the back housing from the inside corner and it came off easily

    https://youtu.be/RZocdicY3So
     
  4. Jan 14, 2020 at 7:08 PM
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    looks like that works but video shows the whole housing flexing and twisting, probably why the piece fell off.
    The glass pops out in less than 10 seconds and allows you to then release the clips for that cover, that also comes off easily. Just my .02 cents
     
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  5. Jan 14, 2020 at 8:27 PM
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    h4yd3n

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    Yeah I’d advise others to try your method first. And then try this non-glass method as a backup.
     
  6. Jan 16, 2020 at 10:50 AM
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    I converted everything in mine recently to LED minus those bulbs, I would find a way to break them.
     

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