Question about 1995 Lexus ES 300
How do i replace a license plate light bulb?
remove felt liner from rear of trunk, (liner directly behind rear lights in side trunk) should be 4 plastic Phillips head screws. Loosing screws, then slowly peel liner away. You will see 3 nuts on each side, removing these nuts will loosing the rear light lenses, so you can pull the lense away from the body from the out side to gain access to the license plate bulbs. Re-install in reverse order. While in there I would recommend replacing your brake light and reverse light bulb. Hey your already in there might as well do a little preventive maintance.
Posted on Jan 31, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
open back hatch in the center there is a rectangle shaped piece of plastic pop it out and you will see the wire on the back of the bulbs
Posted on Dec 04, 2008
SOURCE: Light Bulb Replaement
I just replaced the license plate lamps on my 2004 Deville DTS.
Lamp is PC195. Lamp PC168 will also work, (it was in my car for the last two years), but it is a brighter bulb than needed.
You pop out the lamp holders by pushing (sliding)the right side towards the left. That little push will unhook plastic tabs from the sheet metal and the right side of the lamp holder will release from the trunk. See the attached photo.
To push the lamp holder, I used a narrow putty knife covered with masking tape. A screwdriver will work as well. The masking tape protects the paint from scratches.
Posted on Jan 08, 2009
Mine's a 2001, but I think 2002 is the same.
I found this site/question when searching for the answer today.
Now that I had to muddle through it on my own I thought it only fair that I spread the knowledge.
My 2001 has two license plate lights, one on either side of the plate mounting area.
There is a slot at the top of each light bezel that at first appeared to me to be where you might insert a screwdriver or hooked tool to pry/pull out the bezel.
This proved NOT to be the case.
If you forge ahead heavyhandedly in this direction you will risk breaking the lens.
If you look very carefully at the top of the slot you will find a tab that is VERY thin and thus hard to spot at first glance.
take a thin flat screwdriver and insert it gently ABOVE the tab.
Press down gently but firmly, and coax, or lightly pry the lens out.
Once you have it out, rotate the gray plastic piece directly behind the reflector portion of the lens about a 1/8 turn in a counter clockwise direction.
At this point you can access and change the push-in type "OS 12V W5W E1 2GL w0T" bulb.
To reassemble just reverse the directions.
When snugging the assembly back into the license plate area, first position the bottom and then tip the top into position until you feel/hear it click.
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Posted on Oct 18, 2008
OK>>> it is very cold here, but nonetheless..I went outside to check on my Oldsmobile for your benefit....On mine (I can't guarantee it is the same for all of the vehicles listed above). If you are looking at the license plate, LOOK UP and you should see the bulb and whatever encasing is there. Mine is in a tube and it is attached with (2) mini bolts that will need to come out first, then it just looks like a simple matter of disconnecting the electrical plug, taking out the old bulb and putting the new one in. I hope this helps someone....
Posted on Feb 23, 2009
LICENSE PLATE LAMP BULB
Posted on Oct 08, 2009
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