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License plate light on when trunk open,off when trunk is closed

My license plate lights were out, so I changed the bulbs. When they still didn't work, I found they did work when the trunk was open, but went out when the trunk was closed.Of course it is closed when driving so this is a problem.

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I had the same problem on a 2008 Civic. It turns out it was a poor wiring harness design. The harness was being pinched as the trunk lid opens and closes. In the wire bundle, there is a crimp connector where 3 wires connects to 1 wire. The 1 wire in the crimp came loose. I reconnected everything with a new crimp connector, taped up the wire loom, and everything worked once again.

Posted on Aug 27, 2009

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SOURCE: license plate lights go out when the trunk is shut

try looking at the wiring from the light and fallow it back to the fuse, sounds like a short in the wires if not change you fuse, you can find it by looking in your owners manual,

Posted on May 12, 2009

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check your ground side of the light circuit

Posted on Oct 13, 2009

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SOURCE: How do I replace the license plate bulbs?

The license plate lights are accessed by unscrewing the lens. The backup lightbulbs are accessed with the trunk lid open, behind the cover.

Posted on Jan 13, 2010

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How to replace license plate lights


    Follow the Steps on how to replace license plate light on your car.

    1. Open the trunk and locate the trunk liner retainer clips.Use the Phillips head screwdriver to loosen the center plastic screw of the retainer clip about 1/4 turn, just enough to raise the head of the screw from the base of the clip. Pull the screw up, and lift the clip out of the liner. Use a flathead screwdriver to help pry it out. Remove enough of the clips to allow access to the license plate light sockets. Pull the liner back.

    2. Remove the emergency trunk release handle by popping off the top cover of the handle. Use the needle nose pliers to gently squeeze the prongs on the shaft, while removing the handle.

    3. Unplug the wire harness from the license plate light bulb socket the release clip on the side of the outlet.Twist the license plate light bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise, using the needle nose pliers again. Do not apply too much pressure to the pliers; you may damage the socket.

    4. Remove the bulb from the socket, and replace it with a new one.

    5. Replace the socket into the socket assembly, and plug the wire harness back in. Test the bulb by turning on the lights of the Corolla, then turn them off again.

    6. Replace the trunk emergency release handle, and replace the hood liner and the retainer clips. Remove the old bulb and tools, and close the trunk.

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How do I change the light bulb above the rear license plate?


YOU HAVE TO OPEN THE TRUNK LID REMOVE THE BLACK PLASTIC COVER FOR THE TRUNK LID LATCH.REMOVE THE LICENSE PLATE LIGHT HOUSING FROM THE TRUNK LID.REMOVE THE BULB SOCKET FROM THE LICENSE PLATE LIGHT HOUSING.TO REMOVE BULB FROM THE SOCKET SIMPLY PULL IT STRAIGHT OUT OF THE SOCKET.

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License plate bulb needs replacing


Remove license plate. Unscrew the screws on the underside of the bumper. Slide the lights back toward the trunk and then down through the opening. Unscrew bulb and replace with a new one.

Reverse steps to reinstall the lights.

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remove the light pannel and check the sockets for corrosion and the trunk release should be in the glove box

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How do i replace the license plate lights on my 1990 honda accord. i can't get the bulb out of the socket


You should have two license plate lights, right above the license plate. If you remove the two screws that hold the one you want to change in, the entire fixture will drop down(best to do this with the trunk open). Remove the metal clip plate that covers the bulb. The bulb SHOULD simply pull directly out.
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check your ground side of the light circuit

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How to cahnge number plate lights?


1). Open your Trunk and let it extend all the way up
2). Look up at the part of your trunk closest to the license plate.
3). There should be 2 wires, one going to the left light and one going to the right light. Follow the wire to the bulb, and twist counter-clockwise, or to the left to remove the bulb from the housing.
4). Replace the light bulb with the recommended factory bulb.
5). Repeat step 3 in the reverse order.

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this is straight out of the book ok



  1. Open the rear compartment lid.
  2. Remove the rear compartment lid trim.
  3. Pull back on the rear compartment trim panel.
  4. Unplug the lamp connector from the rear compartment lid wiring harness.
  5. Press the grommet out of the rear compartment lid.
  6. Remove the nuts retaining the lamp assembly to the rear compartment lid.
  7. Remove the bulb.

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open trunk,

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.

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am not familiar with the early year Focus'. Look above the license plate, if the lens for the bulb has two screws, you need to remove them to access the bulb. On other models, open the trunk and look down where the license plate is, you should be able to see and access the bulb from there.

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