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License plate lights in the trunk lid.

Hello, I'm having some difficulty trying to replace the license plate lights on my Le Sabre. I tried removing the screws that hold the retaining trim around the lenses for the mentioned lights but am having no luck. I backed the screws out as far as I could but the retaining trim will not move and the whole assembly stays put. I sure don't want to force anything at todays prices for auto parts. Also there isn't an easy access hole under the truck lid to remove these bulbs. What gives? Thanks for listening, Gary

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The license plate bulb is replaced by removing the two scews that hold the lens in place and pulling the lamp housing out of the trim plate the removing the socket.

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