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Honda CR-V Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out brake, turn signal, reverse or parking light bulb in a 3rd generation 2007-2011 Honda CR-V.

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2011 CR-V Tail Light
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Open Cargo Tail Gate Door
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Pry Out Screw Cover

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011) Honda CR-V in changing a burnt out brake, rear turn signal, reverse or parking bulb in the tail light housings.

Owners of other Honda or Acura SUV, minivan or hatchback vehicles such as the Pilot, Insight, CR-Z, Fit, Crosstour, Odyssey, TSX Sport Wagon, RDX and MDX may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

Replacement bulbs with their part numbers are as follows: Brake # 7443, Turn Signal # WY21W (also 7440A or 7440NA), Reverse Light # 7440 and Parking Light (Rear Side Marker) # 2825 (or 168 or W5W).

The only tools needed to replace any of the tail light bulbs is a standard Phillips head screwdriver and a small plastic automotive pry tool or a small flathead screwdriver.

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Upper Phillips Head Screw
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Pry Out Lower Cover
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Lower Cover Removed
The first two steps are to open the tail gate door and move to the side of the vehicle with the burnt out bulb.

Then gently pry out the two small plastic screw covers on the inner edge of the tail light housing with a small flathead screwdriver.

Set the two screw covers aside in a safe place.

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Remove Upper Screw
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Phillips Screw Removed
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Loosen Counter Clockwise
Remove the two screws by turning them counterclockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.

Set the two screws aside with the plastic covers.

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2 Covers & 2 Screws
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Loosen Friction Fasteners
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Pry Off Tail Light Housing
The housing is also held in place by three plastic pop rivet friction fasteners on the back side near the outer edge.

Carefully pull the tail light assembly straight off the rear corner of the vehicle.

If you have trouble removing the housing, try gently wiggling it while pulling.

If necessary, use a plastic automotive panel pry tool or a small flathead screwdriver covered with a thin micro fiber cloth to gently loosen the pop rivets by prying off the outer edge.

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Towel On Bumper
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Rear of Tail Light Housing
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Parking Light At Top
Place a towel on the bumper to protect the plastic tail light lens and the painted bumper from being scratched.

The Parking Light (A.K.A. rear side marker) is located at the top of the housing.

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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Pull Out Old # W5W Bulb
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Push In New # W5W Bulb
Rotate the parking light bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 2825 bulb.

You may also use any other miniature wedge base light bulbs such as the # 168, 194, W5W or a compatible LED unit.

Re-insert the socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.



 

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Brake Light Bulb Socket
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Remove Bulb Socket
The Brake light bulb socket is located just below the parking light and above the turn signal closer to the center of the assembly.

Rotate the socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 7443 bulb.

(You may also use the European specification # W21/5W bulb.)

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Pull Out Old 7443 Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Turn Signal Bulb Socket
Re-insert the brake light bulb socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

The Turn Signal light bulb socket is located just below the brake light and above the reverse light.

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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Pull Out Old # WY21W Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Rotate the turn signal bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new amber colored # WY21W bulb.

(You may also be able to use the # 7440A or 7440NA bulbs.)

Re-insert the bulb socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

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Reverse Bulb Socket
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Pull Out Old # 7440 Bulb
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Replace 1/4 Turn Clockwise
The Reverse or "back up" light bulb socket is located at the bottom of the housing.

Rotate the socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise and pull it straight out of the assembly.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # W21W or 7440 bulb.

Re-insert the socket in to the assembly and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

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Line Up Pegs & Holes
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White Plastic Pop Rivet
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Push On Tail Light Housing
Line up the three white plastic pop rivet friction fasteners on the rear of the tail light housing with their corresponding holes in the metal body panel.

Push the tail light assembly back in to place on the corner of the vehicle.

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Tighten Upper Screw
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Turn Phillips Clockwise
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Line Up Plastic Cover
Tighten the two screws on the inner edge of the housing by turning them clockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.
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Pop In Screw Cover
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Replace Lower Cover
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Test New Tail Light Bulbs
Push the two plastic screw covers back in to place.

Test the new tail light bulbs by having someone turn on the parking lights, step on the brake pedal, activate the hazard signals and place the transmission in reverse.

For more, check out my other Honda CR-V Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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