Common issues you may face that require you to change the license plate (tag) light bulb on a Hyundai Sonata are:
- not producing light,
- got pulled over by a cop.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may have to replace the license plate bulb.
What you will need
- Using a Philips screwdriver, remove two screws from the plate light housing.
- Using your fingers, pull the plate light housing out.
- Remove the bulb socket by turning the socket counterclockwise and pulling it out.
- Pull out the T-10 bulb.
- Please insert the new bulb into the socket, then press it. Note if you are replacing the bulb with an LED, you need to turn on the park light to check if the polarity is correct.
- Match the tabs on the bulb socket with the tabs on the housing, insert the socket into the housing, and turn it clockwise.
- Insert the housing back into the body while pushing the wires in.
- Reinstall screws using the same screwdriver.
The license plate lights on a vehicle are designed to light up the area on the back of the vehicle so that people can see the license plate. This is an important tool for law enforcement to determine if your vehicle has a reported problem like theft.
You need to always have a working license plate light to avoid being pulled over by traffic officers.
In case your license plate light fails, you can easily fix it by following this guide.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can number plate lights be too bright?
- What generally applies: number plate lighting should be sufficiently bright but not too bright, and the entire number plate surface should be lit.