2007 Toyota Rav4 • 6 cylinder 4WD Automatic • 40,000 miles

I have a 2007 RAV 4. While changing light bulb in main dome light assembly, the light bulb fell into the ceiling. How do I remove the light assembly to access the lose bulb which is now rattling?
Betsy Sand
February 3, 2011.

Hi betsy, other than having the shop tear it down and then charging you a million bucks to fix it. The only option would be to get a retractable magnet(looks like a retractable radio antenna) and fish it out.I'm sorry but thats really the only option, besides what I indicated first.

I had the same problem with a 2008 RAV4. What a stupid design. I couldn't fish it out with a wire, so I banged on the roof/dome light assembly with my fist until the bulb socket fell down near the edge of headliner where I could wiggle my fingers in and grab it. Then I ran a wire up through the opening where the socket was and sideways/forward until it came out over visor. I attached the socket to the wire and was able to pull/jiggle it back up into position. Note: running the wire through the hole and forward toward the rear view mirror didn't work since there's not enough clearance to pull back in the socket assembly that way. Hope I don't make this mistake again!

Oct 26, 2011.
Thanks so much! Have a 2008 Rav and same problem when changing the bulb and your directions actually worked for me. I am a 64 year old female and was surprised that I was able to get the light back. Thanks again.

Jun 29, 2014.