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Replace License Plate Light Bulb Mazda 3 2013-2018

Step-by-step procedure on how to replace the license plate light of the 2013-2018 Mazda 3 3rd Gen.

ESTIMATED TIME 15 - 20 mins
DIY COST $ 7 - 15
DIFFICULTY Easy

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What you will need

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.

     

Notes

  • Do not touch light bulbs with bare hands as that can shorten the life of the light bulb. 
  • Installing LED bulbs:
    • If you are upgrading to LED light bulbs, and the bulb doesn't turn on when you install it simply remove the LED bulb and rotate it 180 degrees and reinstall it. 
    • Certain vehicles may trigger a fault message stating faulty or burned light bulb when the original bulb has been upgraded to LED. If that is the case, use halogen bulb or get an Error Free LED bulb
Replace License Plate Light Bulb Mazda 3 2013-2018 Step-by-step procedure on how to replace the license plate light of the 2013-2018 Mazda 3 3rd Gen.