Tail Light replacement

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Main Forum' started by Maytrix, Jan 20, 2006.

  1. Maytrix

    Maytrix New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2005
    740
    3
    0
    Location:
    Marlborough, Mass
    Vehicle:
    2009 Prius
    Model:
    N/A
    I have a broken tail light. How it broke, I have no idea and I'm really annoyed by it. I discovered it the other day washing the car - It looks like something hit it at the very top of the tail light. The pieces that broke off are actually sitting inside it.

    Anyway, I had 2 questions I was hoping someone could answer.

    1) Any idea to the cost of a new taillight? (It's an 05)
    2) How difficult is to replace? Or should I just have the dealer do it. I imagine it would be under an hour?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Maytrix

    Maytrix New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2005
    740
    3
    0
    Location:
    Marlborough, Mass
    Vehicle:
    2009 Prius
    Model:
    N/A
    No one has had to do this at all? Even on an 04?

    Come on, surely someone must have backed into something and broken one before.. ;)
     
  3. mdmikemd

    mdmikemd Member

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2005
    436
    13
    0
    Location:
    Minneapolis
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius
    Model:
    Two
    Can't help you with how to do it, but check this out:

    http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?s...prclo=&saprchi=
     
  4. galaxee

    galaxee mostly benevolent

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2005
    9,810
    427
    0
    Location:
    MD
    Vehicle:
    2005 Prius
    DH has replaced a few taillights. he's on some highway somewhere in GA or SC though... get back to ya tomorrow if that's cool?
     
  5. Maytrix

    Maytrix New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2005
    740
    3
    0
    Location:
    Marlborough, Mass
    Vehicle:
    2009 Prius
    Model:
    N/A
  6. mdmikemd

    mdmikemd Member

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2005
    436
    13
    0
    Location:
    Minneapolis
    Vehicle:
    2017 Prius
    Model:
    Two
    There was a right sided tail light for sale. The auction was ending in 30 minutes when I posted.
     
  7. Maytrix

    Maytrix New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2005
    740
    3
    0
    Location:
    Marlborough, Mass
    Vehicle:
    2009 Prius
    Model:
    N/A
    Well, I discovered something else today, which explains how this happened. At the bottom of the taillight, there's a small dent and scuff on the tail light itself. So, it appears someone hit me in a parking lot. The bottom part was hit, but pushed the top of it so tight that it cracked.
     
  8. craigcush

    craigcush Member

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2005
    157
    1
    0
    Location:
    Sedona, Az
    Our car is very fragile back there. Same thing happened to me from a pick up truck.
    Two weeks later I was rear ended hard and the car totaled. Go figure.

    Do a google, back when it happened to me retail was 177.00, shopped around and one dealer would sell for 155.00. Dealer cost was 78.00.

    REAL pain to replace, dealer did mine, I think is was about 60.00 labor.

    Order on line or ask the dealer of they will match your quote since they have the labor.

    Regardless of the actual numbers in tests the prius stops very quick in a panic stop from my perspective. I have had three 'stupid tourist' moves cut in front of me last year and could not believe we didn't hit. Very cool.

    When I went to the body shop to clean out my totaled driftwood I saw three prius', all rear ended. What are the chances?

    I tap my brake a lot now to back off the tailgaters.
     
  9. Maytrix

    Maytrix New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2005
    740
    3
    0
    Location:
    Marlborough, Mass
    Vehicle:
    2009 Prius
    Model:
    N/A
    At least you knew who did it. I'm ticked off that someone did this and just left. At any rate,

    I'm going to see if my brother-in-law can order it. He owns an auto shop, so I can get it at his cost. I can probably even have him replace it. I just need to figure out if it's worth fixing the dent.

    Thanks for the responses.
     
  10. galaxee

    galaxee mostly benevolent

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2005
    9,810
    427
    0
    Location:
    MD
    Vehicle:
    2005 Prius
    there are 3 studs that hold the light in place. basically you take the nuts off the studs on the old light, stick the new light on, and put the nuts on the new one. there's one connector to put together.

    sounds like it's not too hard. good luck on getting it taken care of, always nice to have a car person in the family, i can testify to that! :)
     
  11. jbowden

    jbowden New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2005
    10
    0
    0
    I have a drivers side rear tail light broken. Called Toyota and got their retail price. Anyone know where I can pick one up cheaper that $207 for the part?
     
  12. bagwell

    bagwell Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2005
    580
    43
    0
    Location:
    the woodlands, tx
    Vehicle:
    2010 Prius
    Model:
    II
    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(jbowden @ May 9 2006, 11:38 AM) [snapback]252186[/snapback]</div>
    sometimes dealers will be a lot less if you go thru the internet for a price quote.

    also check Ebay
     
  13. Drift Motion

    Drift Motion RMS13

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2005
    178
    0
    0
    Location:
    Pasadena/Riverside, CA
    Vehicle:
    2005 Prius
    they still ahve that link on ebay
    $100 somethin
     
  14. That Girl19

    That Girl19 Junior Member

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2012
    3
    0
    0
    Location:
    NW Wisconsin
    Vehicle:
    2007 Prius
    Model:
    Two
    Have a 2007 that has a burned out driver's side tail light bulb, the upper bulb only is dead. Can this be internally replaced?

    I apologize if this has been answered elsewhere. I attempted to search the forums under "2007 tail light bulb replacement" and received a gazillion results.

    Grateful for any response.
     
  15. Patrick Wong

    Patrick Wong DIY Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2008
    17,969
    5,936
    0
    Location:
    Green Valley, AZ
    Vehicle:
    2015 Prius
    Model:
    Two
    The brake light at the top consists of several LEDs which cannot be replaced separately, the entire light assembly must be replaced.

    All of the other lights are incandescent bulbs which can be replaced.
     
    That Girl19 likes this.
  16. dpeverhart

    dpeverhart Member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2012
    125
    20
    0
    Vehicle:
    2007 Prius
    Model:
    I
    The tail light assembly is easy to replace. As stated above: remove 3 nuts holding assembly in place and unplug.

    One word of caution: The 2005 and older taillight top section is black, 2006 and newer is silver.

    My recommendation: Save the money and get one from a local junkyard for $75-$100 or ebay.
    Car-Part.com--Used Auto Parts Market
     
  17. Rokeby

    Rokeby Member

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2008
    3,033
    704
    75
    Location:
    Ballamer, Merlin
    Vehicle:
    2008 Prius
    Changing out a rear tail light assembly on the Gen II Prius is more a hassle than a difficulty.
    It involves a lot of finger work that will prove monumentally frustrating if attempted in gloves.
    Success is most likely if you can arrange to work in a heated garage.

    Access to the hold-down studs indicated by galaxee is via plastic access panels inside the car.
    Once these are removed, it's simply a matter or locating and removing the thumb screws securing
    the light assembly itself against a self-contained gasket. These thumb-screws are put on notoriously
    tight at the factory and it may require a set of pliers to help get them off. That should be the only scary
    part of the demounting.

    Remounting requires reversing the process, with one proviso. It is very important to take special care
    that the self-contained gasket is not folded or crimped in any way. The simple gasket provides all the
    water tightness around the light and making a seal between the inside and outside of the car. Any
    water that gets in here goes down under the rear deck and collects in the wheel well...

    Carefully tighten the hold-down thumb screws so that they essentially draw tight all at the same time.
    As soon as possible do a hose test from out side the car, with all the parts of the rear decking removed
    so that you can check for leakage around the light assembly. It is not unusual to have to loosen and
    retighten the thumb screws a few times to get a water tight seal.

    Good luck.
     
  18. Salvage09

    Salvage09 Junior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2012
    26
    3
    0
    Location:
    Bakersfield Ca
    Vehicle:
    2009 Prius
    Model:
    II
    ANOTHER caution:
    The official Toyota taillight replacement instructions have an additional step that may not be evident:
    1. DISCONNECT CABLE FROM NEGATIVE BATTERY
    TERMINAL
    CAUTION:
    Wait at least 90 seconds after disconnecting the
    cable from the negative (-) battery terminal to
    prevent airbag and seat belt pretensioner activation.

    Obviously, this doesn't happen every time, but just the possibility that it COULD should be enough to take the precaution!
    La documentazione del selidori

    FWIW, the tail light assembly is available on EBay for about $75
    New Tail Light Assembly for Passenger Side | eBay

    These seem to come with bulbs and sockets. If you replace with LEDs be sure to buy red/yellow etc, if you want that color. A white LED with a colored filter will be very dim. Turn signals either need a different relay or parallel resistors to keep the blink rate right.
     
Loading...