Unable to remove reverse light bulb - factory issue?

Discussion in 'Gen 3 Prius Accessories and Modifications' started by LulzChicken, Feb 26, 2020.

  1. LulzChicken

    LulzChicken Prius Enthusiast

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    Hey guys,

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    I'm trying to performing a seemingly simple task - replace the reverse light bulb on my 2010 Prius II. I watched a few videos beforehand and it seemed very simple: take off the cover, turn the bulb and it releases.

    Mine won't do that at all because the wire for the bulb is on the top of the bulb and is VERY taught/short/tight - so much that I have no way to remove the light bulb. Not enough slack.

    In videos and guides (I will post below) you can see their wire has much more slack and is coming from the bottom, not the top like mine.

    As far as I know my 2010 is one of the first ones produced as I had to order it - maybe someone messed up manufacturing it. Does anyone know how I can get this dang thing out?!

    PS: The turn signal bulb comes out just fine. Marks on the wire and sticky residue is from where I tried to get slack from the wire but no luck.

    Thanks PC Community!

    Guides:
    Toyota Prius Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide - Rear Turn Signal & Reverse Lamps - 2010 To 2015 Model Years - Picture Illustrated Automotive Maintenance DIY Guide



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  2. RightOnTime

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    I have seen this before too many times.

    The wire is pinched in between the gasket and taillight. Best bet is to remove the taillight to ease the tension of the wire.




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  3. ChapmanF

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    Yeah, I was just going to suggest removing the whole assembly from the car just this once to see what went wrong in the routing of the wires. You can probably correct that and put it back so you don't have to repeat the process next time.
     
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  4. LulzChicken

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    Thanks for the input guys. I guess I could also cut the wire and extend it to provide more slack. The most intrusive option. I’ll see about removing the housing to take a look. It’s like this on both sides of the car too.
     
  5. ChapmanF

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    Should be plenty of length in the wiring; light just got slapped in with the wire misrouted somehow, I'd say.
     
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