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Honda Accord License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb on an 8th generation 2008 to 2012 Honda Accord with pictures.

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Accord License Plate Light
Open Trunk - Locate Housing
Disconnect Power Plug
This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the eighth generation (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2012) Honda Accord in changing a burnt out license plate light bulb or upgrading them both to brighter LED units.

Owners of other Honda or Acura vehicles such as the Civic, CR-V, Fit, Insight, Odyssey, Pilot, Ridgeline, FCX Clarity, ILX, TSX, TL, RLX, RDX, MDX and ZDX may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement license plate light bulb is part # 168 from manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, PIAA and ACDelco.

You may also use any other compatible miniature wedge base bulbs such as the W5W, 2825, 175, 194 or an LED.

No tools are needed to change the license plate light bulbs.

Press Together & Push Out
Bulb Housing Pushed Out
Bulb Housing Removed
The first two steps are to open the trunk lid and move to the side with the burnt out license plate light.

Look under the trunk lid and locate the white power connector on the rear of the license plate light bulb housing.

Press the release button on the power plug and pull it straight out of the socket.

Grasp the rear of the bulb housing and gently press together the two sides before pushing it out of the trunk lid.

Side Of Housing
Press Together Sides
Pop Off Lens Cover
Press together the two arms on the sides of the housing and pop off the lens cover.

Set the lens cover aside in a safe place.


Light Bulb Exposed
Pull Out Old Bulb
Old Bulb Removed
Gently pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket.
Push In New # 168 Bulb
Snap Lens Cover In Place
Re-Insert Housing In Trunk
Push in a new # 168 miniature wedge base bulb straight in to the socket.

If necessary, you can also use any other miniature wedge base bulb such as the W5W, 2825, 175, 194 or an LED.

Gently snap the lens cover back in place over the housing.

Pop In To Place
Push In Power Connector
Testing New License Bulb
Slide the license plate light bulb housing back in to the trunk lid until it clicks in to place.

Push the power plug back in to the socket.

Test the new license plate light bulb(s) by turning on the headlights.

For more, check out my other 2008-2012 Honda Accord Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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