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Old 12-30-2007, 11:56 AM   #1
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Question Changing license plate bulb--How?!?

Hi, I got stopped by the local cops last night because the bulb over my license plate was out. Today I took a look at it, and started going through my owner's manual to figure out how to replace it, and there is no info anywhere! I can replace the tail lights, but not the little light over the license plate!

Does anyone know how to do this? It looks like I have to unscrew a bracket that is mounted on the inside. Also, before I do this, are the replacement bulbs easy to find?

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Old 12-30-2007, 12:10 PM   #2
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Default Re: Changing license plate bulb--How?!?

Remove the 2 screws holding the lamp to the trunk lid. Pull the lamp out. The bulb socket gets removed from the lamp housing with a 1/4 turn.
The bulb is a regular 194 bulb that can be found anywhere.

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Default Re: Changing license plate bulb--How?!?

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Yep, CrewCab. My brother had to do this recently. The S-Series plate bulbs were much easier to change, but changing the rear license plate bulb in the ION is relatively easy. I think he used a philips' head screwdriver to get off the screws that hold the housing in place. A 168/194 bulb can be picked up at any auto parts store.


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Remove the 2 screws holding the lamp to the trunk lid. Pull the lamp out. The bulb socket gets removed from the lamp housing with a 1/4 turn.
The bulb is a regular 194 bulb that can be found anywhere.
Correct ... but I have some tips to add from recent experience:

-Get two 194 bulbs ... they are under $1 and sometimes the ones in the bin are duds [you can pick them up at any parts store, I like NAPA myself]
-Don't let the socket fall into the trunklid ... it is extractable, but tricky ... better to have it outside the trunklid
-Don't overtighten the screws while reinstalling, they are fairly delicate and hold no load anyway.
-Not to patronize, but have a bagggie or equivalent to hold your screws/lid/screwdriver ... the trunklid has to be held with one hand while replacing the bulb ... unless you latch the trunk shut [I'm pretty tall, so working with the lid shut wasn't an option ... and it was a three-hand job even with big pockets to hold parts.

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