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Mazda Mazda6 License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the trunk lid of a 3rd generation 2014 to 2018 Mazda 6 sedan.

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2016 Mazda 6 License Plate
Left License Light Housing
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018) Mazda Mazda6 sedan in changing a burnt out license plate light bulb located in the trunk lid or upgrading them both to brighter LED units.

Owners of other Mazda vehicles such as the Mazda2, Mazda3, Mazda5, CX-3, CX-5, CX-7, CX-9, and the MX-5 Miata may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The compatible replacement miniature wedge base light bulb part number is 2825 (or W5W). You can also use a brighter LED unit.

The only tool needed to access and replace the light bulbs is a small flathead screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool.

Insert Flathead Screwdriver
Gently Push Out - Release Clip
Insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in to one of the two plastic loops or cups located on either side of the lens cover.

Gently pry outward to release the retaining clip.

Lens Cover Removed
Old Light Bulb Exposed
Pull off the lens cover and set it aside in a safe place.

Be careful when you remove the old light bulb. If it was recently turned on, it might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.

Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Old Light Bulb Removed
Grasp the old light bulb with your thumb and forefinger before pulling it straight out of the socket.


Empty Bulb Socket
Old 2825 (W5W) Bulb
The OEM light bulb was marked as a W5W which is the same as the 2825 bulb.
Push In New 2825 Bulb
Line Up Lens Cover
Push a new # 2825 light bulb straight in to the socket.

If you'd like to have brighter license plate lights, choose a compatible LED bulb.

Snap On Lens Cover
Lens Cover Replaced
Line up the translucent plastic lens cover and gently pop it back in to place over the light housing.
Testing New Light Bulb
License Plate Lights Replaced
To test the new license plate light bulbs, either turn on the headlights or press the "Unlock" button on the key fob to activate the exterior lights.

For more, check out my other 2014-2018 Mazda Mazda6 DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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