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Chevrolet Tahoe License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change burnt out license plate light bulbs in the rear bumper of a 2nd generation 2000-2006 GM Chevy Tahoe.

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2006 Tahoe License Plate Light
Look Under Rear Bumper
1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006) GM Chevrolet Tahoe SUV in changing a burnt out license plate light bulb in the rear bumper.

Owners of other General Motors GMT800 series SUV or truck vehicles such as the Chevy Silverado, Suburban, Avalanche, GMC Yukon, Sierra, Hummer H2 and the Cadillac Escalade may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

Replacement light bulbs are part number 194, which are available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, PIAA and Eiko.

I recommend the Sylvania 194 Long Life light bulbs.

You may also use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 158, 168, W5W, 2825 or a compatible 194 LED unit.

No tools are needed to replace the bulbs.

Remove Bulb Socket
Pull Out Old Bulb
Old Burnt Out # 194 Bulb
Look under the rear bumper and locate the base of the license plate light bulb socket.

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

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket.

Opening In Bulb Housing
Push In New Bulb
New # 168 Bulb
Push a new # 194 bulb straight in to the socket.

If necessary, you may also use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 158, 168, W5W, 2825 or a compatible LED unit.

Tip - If you an install a 194 LED bulb and it doesn't work at first, try pulling it out, rotating the electrical contacts 180 degrees and push it back into the socket. Some LED bulbs are polarized and will only work when the contacts are in the correct orientation.

1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Bulb Socket Installed
Test New License Plate Bulb
Re-insert the socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Test the new license plate light bulbs by turning on the headlights.

For more, check out my other 2000-2006 GM Chevrolet Tahoe DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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