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Honda Pilot License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the tailgate door of a 1st generation 2003 to 2008 Honda Pilot.

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2006 Pilot License Plate
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Left License Plate Light Housing

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008) Honda Pilot SUV in changing a burnt out license plate light bulb in the tailgate door.

Owners of other Honda or Acura vehicles such as the Accord, Civic, Crosstour, CR-V, CR-Z, Fit, Insight, Odyssey, Pilot, Ridgeline, ILX, TSX, TLX, TL, RLX, RDX, NSX and MDX may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The compatible replacement miniature wedge base light bulb part number is 168, which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Maxell, PIAA and Eiko.

For brighter lights, choose 168 LED light bulbs.

The only tool needed to access and replace the bulbs is a small flathead screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool.

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Push Housing To Right
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Press Release Tab
Use the flathead screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool to gently push the left light housing towards the right (middle) side of the tailgate.

If you are replacing the light bulb in the right side housing, push the housing towards the left (middle) side of the tailgate.

There are arrows printed on the lens cover to indicate where you should pry with the screwdriver and the direction.

Try to avoid using excessive force, the light housing should pop out relatively easily.

Pull the housing out of the underside of the tailgate.

Press the release tab on the electrical connector before pulling the power plug straight out of its socket.

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Light Housing Removed
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Squeeze Together Tabs
Gently squeeze together the two plastic tabs on the end of the housing before separating it from the translucent lens cover.
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Separate Lens Cover
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Old Bulb In Socket
Pull the lens cover off the light housing.
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Pull Out Old Light Bulb
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Push In New # 168 Bulb
Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket.

Push a new number 168 light bulb straight in to the socket.

If you'd like to have brighter license plate lights, install some compatible 168 LED bulbs.



 

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Light Bulb Replaced
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Push On Lens Cover
Push the lens cover back on to the grey plastic housing.
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Push In Power Plug
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Re-Insert Light Housing
Slide the power plug straight in to its socket on the back side of the light housing.

Gently pop the light housing back in to the underside of the tailgate door.

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Test New Light Bulb
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Testing Both Lights
To test the new license plate light bulbs, turn on the headlights or press the "Unlock" button on the key fob.

For more, check out all of my 2003-2008 Honda Pilot DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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