Removing the license plate light socket out from the trunk door. 2

Replace License Plate Light Bulb Mazda 3 2013-2018

Is the license plate light of your Mazda 3 not working? Learn how to fix the problem by replacing your vehicle’s light bulb. This guide is a step-by-step procedure to replace the 2013-2018 Mazda 3 3rd Gen license plate light.

What you will need

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  • License plate light bulb (12961WLED, 12961LLB2, or 12961B2)
  • Fastener removal tool

Procedure

  1. Pull the trunk release under the dashboard to open the trunk.The trunk release of the Toyota Camry 2012-2017.
    Opening the trunk of the 2016 Mazda 3.

  2. Remove the push clips on the trunk shield using a fastener removal tool.The door trunk shield of the Mazda 3.
    The locations of the push clips of the trunk door shield.

  3. Pull the trunk shield down to access the license plate light connector or socket.Pulling the trunk shield down to have access to the license plate light connector or socket.
  4. Twist the socket counterclockwise and pull it out to remove it.Removing the socket of the license plate light.
    Removing the socket of the license plate light.

  5. Pull the light bulb out from the socket.Pulling the light bulb out from the socket.
  6. Get the new light bulb and push it into the socket.Installing the new license plate light.
  7. Line up the socket back to the trunk door and twist it clockwise to lock it into place.Reinstalling the socket back to the door.
  8. Line up the trunk door shield back and reinstall its push clips.Putting the trunk door shield back to its original orientation.

We hope you find the Replace License Plate Light Bulb Mazda 3 2013-2018 guide helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help on your Mazda.

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