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How to Replace Tail Light 01-05 Honda Civic

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How to Replace Tail Light 01-05 Honda Civic

Created on: 2016-04-06

How to install, repair, fix, change or replace a broken, damaged, burned out, cracked, faded, cloudy or chipped tail light / brake light on 01, 02, 03, 04, 05 Honda Civic

  1. step 1 :Servicing the Bulbs
    • Remove the trim fastener with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Twist the bulb socket counterclockwise out of the light
    • Pull the bulb off of the socket
    • Push on the new bulb
    • Twist the bulb clockwise into the light
  2. step 2 :Removing the Tail Light
    • Remove the four 8mm nuts from the tail light
    • Pull the tail light out of the vehicle
  3. step 3 :Installing the Tail Light
    • Insert the light into place
    • Tighten the 8mm nuts to the tail light
    • Press the tab on the old wiring harnesses and disconnect from their socket
    • Press the socket into its new wiring harness
    • Tighten the trim fastener with a flat blade screwdriver

Tools needed for replacement

  • Ratchets & Related


    Socket Extensions

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    8mm Socket

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Hi, I'm Mike from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and next time you need parts for your vehicle, think of Thanks.

Today, we're going to show you how to replace your tail lights. The car we have here is a 2003 Honda Civic. It's a two-door. The tail lights are the same for 2001 to 2005. We've got our performance style, which has some LEDs on it. We also sell the regular replacement tail lights at 1A Auto. The replacement process, other than a couple of the connectors on the back, is the same for either the OE style or the performance style.

We'll get started just by opening up the trunk. There's going to be a little trim plug of some type here. It may be just a straight pullout that you pry out with a screwdriver. This style you twist out the center and then pull it out. Pull this trim back.

If you just want to replace your bulbs each one of these just twists counterclockwise and pulls out, these small bulbs. You would just pull out and push back in as well as to remove the tail light you want to remove all of these. You just twist them all counterclockwise. The sockets come out. Some come out a little easier. This one comes out. They all just pull right out and you'll get your new bulb and push it in.

If you're looking to remove the entire taillight assembly, remove these four nuts. Once those 8 millimeter nuts are off, then just pull the tail light out. Take a second and clean out the tail light area.

Reinstall your new light. There are tabs on here. You're just going to line those up with the holes in the body as well as the mounting studs themselves. Reinstall the 8 millimeter nuts and tighten them up. On these ones we found we needed an extended socket. When you tighten them up just get them nice and firm. You don't want to overtighten them.

Our new light plugs in just a little bit different. This you can disconnect by pushing on the tab. This black connector goes up to the top here. Take the bulb out of this connector and then it just plugs right into the light here. Your side marker is actually now part of the LED, so you can just take that bulb out. This one that just connects into its regular spot. It's a lot easier just to see it from the outside, push it in, and turn it to lock. There's lights, brake lights, turn signal, backup light, put your trim panel back together, pull it into place and put the clip back in place.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet
  • Socket Extensions

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 8mm Socket

2002 - 2003  Honda  Civic
2003 - 2005  Honda  Civic
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