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Hyundai Elantra License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to replace the license plate light bulbs on a 5th generation (2011-2016) Hyundai Elantra sedan with pictures.

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Paul B. Michaels
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Auto Mechanic Since 1989

License Plate Light
Pull Out Light Bulb Housing
This automotive maintenance "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 5th generation 2011, 2012 & 2013 Hyundai Elantra in replacing the license plate light bulbs.

Owners of other Hyundai or Kia vehicles such as the Accent, Sonata, Azera, Veloster, Tucson, Santa Fe, Veracruz, Genesis, Forte, Optima, Rio, Soul, Sorento, Sportage, i10, i20, i30, i35, i40, Tiburon, Avante and Sedona may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement license plate light bulb is part # 2825.

You can also use a 158, W5W, 194, 168 or a compatible LED bulb.

They are available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko, ACDelco,Wagner and PIAA.

No tools are needed to replace the license plate bulbs, although a small flathead screwdriver can be helpful for prying out the housing.

Press Tab - Release Power Plug
Separate Lens & Socket
Pull out the license plate light bulb housing either with your fingers or use a small flathead screwdriver to pry the housing out of the trunk lid. It should come out relatively easily, so do not use excessive force or you may break the plastic clip.

Gently separate the clear lens part of the housing from the light grey socket part.

Pull Out Old Bulb
Push In New W5W Bulb
Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new W5W, 194, 168 or 2825 or a compatible LED light bulb straight into the socket.


Re-Attach Clear Lens
Push On Power Connector
Snap together the two pieces of the license plate light bulb housing.

Then push the power connector straight onto the base of the housing.

Re-Insert Bulb Housing
Test New License Plate Bulb
Re-insert the part of the housing closest to the center line of the vehicle first and then gently snap the other side into place.

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

For more, please check out my other Hyundai Elantra Repair & Maintenance DIY Guides.

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