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Chevrolet Tahoe License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the tail gate of a 3rd generation 2007-2014 GM Chevy Tahoe.

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2014 Tahoe License Plate
Left License Plate Light
Remove 1st Phillips Screw
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014) Chevrolet Tahoe in changing a burnt out license plate light bulb in the cargo tail gate.

Owners of related General Motors full size SUV vehicles with similar light housings such as the Suburban, GMC Yukon, Yukon XL, Yukon Denali, Cadillac Escalade and Hummer H2 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement bulb is part number 2825 from manufacturers such as Sylvania, Wagner, ACDelco, PIAA, and Eiko.

You may also use any other compatible miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # W5W, 168, 175, 194 or an LED.

The only tool needed to change the bulbs is a standard Phillips head screwdriver.

Remove Counter Clockwise
2 Phillips Screws Removed
Pull Off Plastic Light Cover
The first step is to remove the two screws holding the clear plastic lens cover in place by turning them counter clockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.

Set the two screws and the plastic bulb cover aside in a safe place.

Old Bulb Exposed
Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Old # W5W Bulb
Once the lens cover has been removed, the old bulb will be exposed.

Grasp the old bulb with your thumb and forefinger before pulling it straight out of the socket.


Empty Bulb Socket
Push In New W5W or 168
Re-Attach Clear Lens Cover
Push a new # 2825 bulb straight in to the socket.

You may also use any other compatible miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 168, 175, 194, W5W or a brighter LED unit.

Line up the clear plastic lens cover and re-insert the two screws.

Tighten Clockwise
Two Screws Replaced
Test New License Plate Bulbs
Tighten the two screws in the clockwise direction with the Phillips head screwdriver until they are snug.

Try to avoid over tightening the screws to prevent from cracking the plastic lens cover.

Test the new license plate light bulbs by turning on the headlights.

For more, check out my other Chevrolet Tahoe DIY Repair Guides.

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