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Honda Pilot License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the tailgate door of a 2nd generation 2009 to 2015 Honda Pilot SUV.

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Paul B. Michaels
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Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2012 Pilot License Lights
Left License Plate Light
Insert Flathead Screwdriver
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015) Honda Pilot SUV in changing a burnt out license plate light bulb in the tailgate door or upgrading both lights to brighter LED bulbs.

Owner's of other Honda or Acura vehicles such as the Odyssey, Insight, Ridgeline, CR-V, Fit, Civic, CR-Z, Crosstour, Accord, MDX, RDX, RLX, TL, TSX and ILX may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The replacement bulb part number is 2825 which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, PIAA and Eiko.

You can also use a brighter 2825 LED bulb.

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

Gently Pry Out Lens Cover
Old Bulb Exposed
Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Carefully insert the blade of your small flathead screwdriver in between the edge of the license plate light bulb lens cover and the black plastic housing.

Gently pry out lens cover and set it aside in a safe place.

You may need to re-insert the screwdriver on the other side of the lens cover and pry again to remove it.

Try to avoid using excessive force (especially in cold climates where plastic becomes brittle) to prevent from cracking the lens cover.

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

Pull the old bulb straight out the socket.

Old Bulb Removed
Empty Bulb Socket
Old # W5W Bulb
The OEM license plate light bulb is part number 2825.

If necessary, you may also use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 168, W5W, 158, 194 or a compatible LED unit.


Push In New W5W or 168
New Bulb Installed
Line Up Lens Cover
Push a new # 2825 or 168 bulb straight in to the socket.
Gently Pop In Lens Cover
Testing License Lights
License Plate Bulb Replaced
Line up the lens cover and gently snap it back in to place.

Double check that the lens cover is secure.

To test the new license plate light bulbs, turn on the headlights or press the "Unlock" button on the key fob.

For more, please check out my other 2009-2015 Honda Pilot DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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