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Rear license plate lights burned out and can't remove or replace them. Screws won't back out of assembly. 1997 Buick LeSabre

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If i remember correctly the entire rear light assembly must be remove in order to access these bulbs. This is true if the license plate is on the trunk. If this is the case then there are nuts on the inside of the trunk that must be removed.

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Hi, my name is John I will do my best to assist you.

The entire tail/backup lens assembly has to be removed from the trunk lid as shown in the drawing attached. There will most likely be some nut's or clip's on the assemblies mounting pins on the inside of the trunk lid.
  1. Disconnect the tail/back up lamp harness connector from the body wiring harness.
  2. Remove the tail/back up lamp assembly from the rear compartment lid.
  3. While supporting the tail/back up lamp assembly, unplug the tail/back up lamp harness grommet from the rear compartment lid and remove the tail/back up lamp from the vehicle.
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  5. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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  1. Remove the tail light assembly screws, then the assembly.
  2. Disconnect the twist lock socket from the lens housing. NOTE: To remove the bulb, turn the twist lock socket (at the rear of the housing) counterclockwise 1?4 turn, then remove the socket with the bulb; replace the bulb if defective. Fig. 7: Remove the tail light assembly screws, then the assembly - wagon shown 86816223.jpg Fig. 8: Twist the socket counterclockwise to remove from the housing 86816225.jpg Fig. 9: This type of bulb simply can be pulled out of the socket for replacement 86816226.jpg To install:
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  2. Once the lens is removed you, can access the bulb and replace if needed. To install:
  3. Install the new bulb, then attach the lens to the body of the vehicle.
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  2. Remove the mounting nuts, then unplug the electrical harness to the lamp assembly.
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The procedure is as follows:-- Working from the trunk:
1. locate the 2 retaining knobs (doohickeys that you fasten the trunk cargo net to) for the Hard plastic trunk liner near to and inside of the rear light assembly. Unscrew the knobs.
2. Pulling back the plastic liner, locate the 4 studs (threaded posts). 3 will be located vertically in a line, the fourth, outboard and lower. Using a 10mm wrench(small), remove 3 of the 4 nuts fastening the light assembly to the body. DO NOT remove the lowest nut of the 3 in a vertical line, as this does not fasten the light assembly. DON'T LOSE THE NUTS OR WASHERS.

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1. Hand pull the light assembly from the car body.
2. Remove bad lamp. Twist lamp socket and pull out of assembly. Pull lamp and replace with #3057.
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1. Test light prior to reassembly.
2. Ensure Gasket material for assembly and studs is intact, this keeps water/dust out and dampens movement (prevents rattling and increases the life of lamp).
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Hi. Remove the retaining screws from the license plate light assembly with a Phillips screwdriver. There are two screws on each side of the lens assembly.

Pull the light assembly cover down out of the way to gain access to the bulbs. Twist the bulb socket counterclockwise to remove it from the assembly and pull it straight out. Pull the bulb out of the socket.

Push the new bulb straight into the socket. Replace the bulb and socket inside the light assembly and turn it clockwise to secure it.

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  1. Remove the rear compartment lid trim. (if necessary)
  2. Disconnect the license/backup assembly connector from the body harness.
  3. While removing the license/backup lamp assembly from the rear compartment lid, disconnect the harness grommet from the rear compartment lid.
  4. Remove the license lamp housing from the license/backup lamp assembly.
  5. Remove the license lamp bulb from the housing and socket.
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  4. Install the license/backup lamp assembly
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  6. Install the rear compartment lid trim. (if necessary)

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  2. Remove the tail/back up lamp assembly from the rear compartment lid.
  3. While supporting the tail/back up lamp assembly, unplug the tail/back up lamp harness grommet from the rear compartment lid and remove tail/back up lamp from the vehicle.
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