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Mazda 3s tail light assy replacement

How do I remove and replace the 2 right tail light assemblies from a 2005 Mazda 3s hatchback

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  • beachdocsmr Apr 24, 2010

    When you said remove the trim from inside of the truck, did you mean trunk? In my case that would be the inside of the hatch. Is that pretty straightforward to do?


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Beachdocsmr,

Open the hatch and on the inside, there may be some wingnuts (plastic usually) that must be unscrewed, or if the "carpeting" extends up the inner back part, pull that down and you'll see a "back panel" where the bulbs are located. Take off any necessary wingnuts, nuts etc.

If none, you may see the backside of the bulbs (wiring harness). They usually need to be turned counter clockwise to remove. This is the same for the bulb itself. And clockwise for installation.

The bulb outlet will have small flanges on them, and one or more will only fit in a certain hole. It will have a unique shape that will only insert into one area of the backing of the light covers.

Once the bulbs are out, there may be screws that hold the cover on, however if wingnuts or nuts were removed, these usually hold the entire assembly when all or most are in place. Once all are off the cover shoudl pull off easily.

Please let me know if you need any further assistance with this matter.

Cordially,

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Remove the trim from the inside of the truck
there you will either find big plastic wing nuts that you can remove by hand, on certain productions but most will have 10mm or 11mm nuts you will have to remove

once removed the lenses come out just far enough to disconnect the bulbs. to do this just twist


anything else you need just let me know

Posted on Apr 24, 2010

  • Sean Reisdorf
    Sean Reisdorf Apr 25, 2010

    yes...sorry, as a tech I still call the hatch the trunk

    sorry for the confusion



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