Remove and Replace Number Plate Light Bulb and Assembly

Civic 01-05

  1. RogerH69
    Difficulty Level:
     
    Basic
    (Sorry for bad quality of some of the pictures in this guide)

    Replacing the bulb or the entire assembly for the rear number plate lights is quite simple and is detailed below.

    Tools required -
    • 10mm Socket
    • Small flat head screw driver / trim removal tool
    • Philips screw driver
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    Time required - 10 to 15 minutes

    I already have a guide on removing and refitting the tailgate trim, so will link to that guide when necessary in this guide.

    Replacing Number Plate Light Bulb -

    Open the tailgate, and remove the access panel, as per this guide
    With the access panel removed, you will have access to the number plate light assemblies
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    Remove the power connector from the number plate light assembly
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    With the power connector removed, squeeze the 2 plastic tabs (indicated below) together and remove the bulb housing by pulling it out of the lens
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    Pull the bulb out of the bulb housing, and replace the bulb with a new bulb, ensuring you do not touch the glass of the bulb with your fingers
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    Replace the bulb housing in the lens, ensuring that the elongated plastic bit behind the bulb (see image above) is on top when mounted in the lens
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    Reconnect the power connector to the bulb housing, turn on your headlights and confirm that the number plate light illuminates
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    Repeat the process above for the other number plate light bulb, if necessary

    Refit the access panel in the tailgate and you're done.​

    Replacing entire (or part of) Number Plate Light Assembly -

    Remove all of the tailgate trim, as per this guide

    Remove the power connector from the number plate light light assembly
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    With the power connector removed, squeeze the 2 plastic tabs (indicated below) together and remove the bulb housing by pulling it out of the lens
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    On the left side of the lens, there is a plastic clip. Push this to the right with your finger
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    Then push the number plate light lens though the tailgate
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    And remove it
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    Get your replacement lens, and hold it in the same orientation as below
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    Insert the replacement lens back into the tailgate, by 'sliding' the right side of it into place, ensuring the rubber seal is in place between the small clip on the lens and the outside of the tailgate
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    Push the left side of the lens into place, until the clip engages and holds it securely.
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    Insert the replacement bulb housing (with bulb attached), ensuring that the elongated plastic bit behind the bulb is on top when mounted in the lens
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    Reconnect the power connector to the bulb housing, turn on your headlights and confirm that the number plate light illuminates
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    Repeat the process above for the other number plate light bulb, if necessary.

    See the end of this guide for refitting the tailgate trim​
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  1. SpeedyGee
    SpeedyGee
    5/5,
    Another great guide, you're on a roll Roger !
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    Nels
    5/5,
    Another good guide Roger.
    Thank you for sharing