License Plate Light Bulb Replacement

  • Materials Required

    • Flathead Screwdriver

    LED Interior Light Bulb Set

  • Purpose

    Over time your license plate lights burn out which could result in being pulled over and issues a ticket by law enforcement. This DIY guide will help you fix this issue to prevent that from happening.

  • Disconnect Battery

    Disconnect the vehicle's battery to ensure safety while conducting this job.

  • Open Trunk

    Open the trunk by pressing the trunk unlock handle and lifting upwards.

  • *NOTE

    There are two license plate lights. One bulbs is housed inside each of the two assemblies (red arrows).

  • Loosen License Plate Light Assemblies

    Loosen the license plate light assembly by wedging a flathead screwdriver in the gap shown above and firmly pulling the assembly in the direction of the red arrow.

  • Remove License Plate Bulb Assembly

    Once loosened, pull the license plate light assembly from the body of the vehicle. Do not worry about unplugging it.

  • Remove Old Bulb

    Remove the old license plate light (red arrow) by removing it from the metal clips holding it in place.

  • Install New Bulb

    Install the new license plate bulb into the two metal retention clips.

  • *NOTE

    When installing LED bulbs like these, rotate it to where the LED diodes are facing the clear plastic. This will give the highest light output.

  • Reinstall Light Assembly

    Reinstall the license plate light assembly the same way it was removed. Press it down until it audibly clicks into place.

  • *NOTE

    It's highly recommended to replace both side's bulbs. Replacing only one could cause the other side's to short out.

  • Re-Install Battery

    With both license plate bulbs replaced, reinstall the negative terminal back onto the battery.

  • Test New Bulb

    Test the new license plate light by inserting the key into the ignition and turning the headlight knob to the on position. Ensure no error codes pop on the dashboard. If the license plate lights don't work, check the wiring and troubleshoot further.

  • DIY Complete!

    Good job replacing your license plate light bulb(s)! Keep an eye out for any flickering or error codes that may point to deeper issues.