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DIY: Changing the License Plate Lights
Guess I'm first. The bug has bitten and more mods to come.
This is a very simple and easy mod to do and makes your rear license plate illuminate much better.
First open your trunk and start removing the black circular clips holding in the trunk liner on the lid.
If you have never worked with these clips before, take a small flat head screwdriver and pry where there is a crack in the piece until it pops out. Then just pull them out.
You will also need to remove the black hand grab plastic part on the right side. This is done by putting a screwdriver under the inner side of the piece and gently prying.
*See attached Image*
This should loosen up the trunk liner enough to have some wiggle room. If it is still tight, remove more of the clips. I have to take about 7 or so off.
Next, take a flat head screwdriver and unplug the wiring from the bulb housing.
*See attached image*
Next, pinch the inside of the bulb housing horizontally and they will pop out to the outside of the trunk lid.
Finally, pry open the light housing and replace the bulbs. I put LED's in mine and remember, if you attach them and try the lights and they don't work, try reversing them. Sometimes this does the trick.
*See attached for difference in LED vs Standard*
Pop the housing back in
Attach circular clips. To do this, make sure the gap between the two parts are as wide as they go naturally. Then press it in like this and then press the center part to secure it.
Pop the plastic hand hold area in.
Stand back and marvel at your bright and beautiful license plate lights. WOOO
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