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Honda Odyssey Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out brake, rear turn signal, reverse and parking light bulb on a 2005-2010 Honda Odyssey.

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2008 Odyssey Tail Lights
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Open Tailgate Door
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Inner Edge of Housing

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 & 2010) Honda Odyssey minivan in changing a burnt out brake, rear turn signal, reverse or parking light bulb in the tail light assemblies.

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

The compatible replacement light bulb part numbers are as follows: Brake # 7443, Rear Turn Signal # 7440A (or WY21W), Reverse # 7440 and Parking Light # 194.

The tools needed to access and replace the tail light bulbs include a small flathead screwdriver, an 8mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratchet (or a standard Phillips head screwdriver) and possibly also a plastic trim panel removal tool.

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Pry Out Screw Cover
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Lower Screw Cover
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Two Screw Covers

The first two steps are to open the tailgate and move to the side of the vehicle with the burnt out tail light bulb.

Locate the two small square shaped plastic screw covers on the inner edge of the tail light housing that were hidden by the tailgate.

Insert the blade of a small flathead screwdriver into the small notch at the bottom of the screw covers before gently prying them out.

Set the two screw covers aside in a safe place.

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Loosen Counterclockwise
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Remove Lower Bolt
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Two Bolts & Covers
Loosen the two bolts by turning them counterclockwise with an 8mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet or a standard Phillips head screwdriver.

Set the two bolts aside in a safe place.

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Pry Along Outer Edge
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Pull Off Light Housing
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Brake Light Bulb Socket
The tail light housing is still held in place to the rear corner of the vehicle by a peg inserted into a grommet and a plastic spike inserted into a slot.

Gently pry along the front outer edge of the tail light housing with a plastic trim panel removal tool to loosen the other fasteners.

Pull the tail light housing straight off the rear corner of the minivan.

Turn over the assembly to access the two bulb sockets.

The brake light bulb socket is located at the top of the housing.

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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Pull Out Old Brake Bulb
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Empty Bulb Housing
Rotate the base of the brake light bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket.

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New Brake Light Bulb
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Push In New Light Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Push a new dual filament number 7443 (also known as the W21/5W) light bulb straight into the socket.

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

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Turn Signal Bulb Socket
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Pull Out Old Light Bulb
The rear turn signal light bulb socket is located at the bottom of the housing.

Rotate the bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out.

Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket.

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Push In New Amber Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Line Up Peg & Grommet
Push a new amber colored number 7440A (also known as the WY21W) light bulb straight into the socket.

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

Hold the tail light housing near the rear corner of the car.

Line up the plastic peg with its grommet and the black plastic spike with its slot.

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Line Up Spike & Slot
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Push On Tail Light Housing
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Tighten Clockwise
Slide the tail light assembly back into place until it is flush with the rear corner of the minivan.

Replace the two bolts by turning them clockwise with a Phillips head screwdriver until they are snug.



 

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Replace Lower Screw
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Re-Insert Plastic Cover
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Pop In Second Cover
Try to avoid over tightening the two bolts to prevent from cracking the plastic inner edge of the tail light housing.

Line up the two plastic screw covers and gently snap them back into place.

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Bolt Covers Replaced
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Test New Tail Light Bulbs
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Parking & Reverse Lights
Test the new tail light bulbs by having an assistant step on the brake pedal and activate the hazard signals.

The reverse and parking light bulbs are located in a separate housing attached to the tailgate door.

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Plastic Access Panel
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Pry Off Plastic Cover
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Access Cover Removed
Locate the rectangular shaped access cover on the underside of the tailgate door.

Use the plastic pry bar tool or a flathead screwdriver to gently pull off the access panel.

Set the access cover aside in a safe place.

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Two Light Bulb Sockets
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Pull Out Old Light Bulb
The parking light bulb socket is located at the top of the housing.

Rotate the small grey plastic bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket.

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Old Parking Light Bulb
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Push In New Light Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Push a new number 194 miniature wedge base light bulb straight into the socket.

If you would like to have brighter parking lights, install some compatible 194 LED bulbs.

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

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Reverse Light Bulb Socket
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Pull Out Old Light Bulb
The larger reverse light bulb socket is located at the bottom of the housing.

Rotate the bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old reverse light bulb straight out of the socket.

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Push In New Light Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Line Up Access Cover
Push a new number 7440 light bulb straight into the socket.

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

Line up the plastic access cover with the underside of the tailgate.

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Snap Cover In Place
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Access Cover Secured
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Test New Tail Light Bulbs
Gently pop the access cover back into place.

To test the new tail light bulbs, have an assistant sit in the front seat, step on the brake pedal, activate the hazard signals, turn on the headlights to illuminate the parking lights and place the transmission in reverse.

Be sure to record the light bulb change in your minivan's service records.

For more, check out all of my 2005-2010 Honda Odyssey DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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