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Chevrolet Camaro License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the trunk lid of a 6th generation 2016 to 2021 Chevy Camaro.

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'20 Camaro License Plate
Passenger Side Light
Push In Release Tab
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the sixth generation (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021) GM Chevrolet Camaro in changing a burnt out license plate light bulb in the trunk lid (or upgrading both of them to brighter LED bulbs).

The development and release of the 7th generation Camaro has been delayed, so the current sixth generation will probably continue into the 2022 and 2023 model years.

Owners of other General Motors vehicles from Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac such as the Malibu, Impala, Bolt, Corvette, Trailblazer, Trax, Equinox, Blazer, Traverse, Tahoe, Suburban, Colorado, Silverado, Express, Encore, Envision, Enclave, Regal, Sierra, Terrain, Acadia, Yukon, Canyon, Savana, XT4, XT5, XT6, Escalade, CT4, CT5, CTS and CT6 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The compatible replacement miniature wedge base light bulb part number is 2825 (also known as W5W).

If you would like to have brighter license plate lights that will also last much longer before burning out like traditional incandescent bulbs, install some 2825 LED units.

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

The steps for removing the left (driver) side and right (passenger) side light housings are the same.

Locate the small black plastic tab on the right side of the light housing.

Gently push in the release tab with the flat head screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool.


Pull Down Light Housing
1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Bulb Socket Removed
Pull the light housing down out of the opening in the underside of the trunk lid.

Rotate the base of the light bulb socket 1/4 turn in the counterclockwise direction before pulling it straight out of the housing.

Set the light housing aside in a safe place.

Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Old Light Bulb Removed
Push In New Light Bulb
Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket.

If you have trouble removing a stubborn old light bulb due to corrosion (rust) or debris in the socket, put on some gloves and try gently wiggling it back and forth while pulling it straight out.

Push a new number 2825 miniature wedge base light bulb straight into the socket.

If you would like to have brighter license plate lights that will last much longer before burning out like the traditional incandescent bulbs, install some compatible replacement 2825 LED bulbs.

1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Re-Insert Wires First
Replace Light Housing
Re-insert the bulb socket into the light housing and rotate it 1/4 turn in the clockwise direction to secure it into place.

First, re-insert the wires on the left side of the housing into the opening in the underside of the trunk lid.

Then pop in the retaining clip on the right side of the housing back into place.

Pop In Retaining Clip
Left Side Light Housing
Test New Light Bulbs
Double check that the light housing is securely in place.

To test the new light bulbs, turn on the parking lights or headlights, or press the "Unlock" button on the key fob to re-activate the exterior lights.

Tip - If you installed LED bulbs and they don't work, try removing them from the socket, rotate them 180 degrees and push them back into the socket. Some LED bulbs are "polarized" and will only work when the "+" positive and "-" negative electrical contacts are in the correct orientation.

Be sure to write down the bulb change in your car's service records.

Please check out all of the 2016-2021 GM Chevrolet Camaro DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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