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Mazda CX-5 License Plate Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the tailgate door of a 1st generation 2012-2016 Mazda CX-5 SUV.

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2013 CX-5 License Lights
License Plate Bulb Housing
Gently Pry Off Lens Cover
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & the revised 2016 model year) Mazda CX-5 SUV in changing a burnt out license plate light bulb in the tailgate door.

Owners of other Mazda vehicles such as the Mazda 2, Mazda 3, Mazda 5, Mazda 6, CX-7, CX-9, and the MX-5 Miata may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement bulb is part number 2825.

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

The only tool needed to replace the bulbs is a small flathead screwdriver used to pry off the translucent plastic lens cover.

Lens Cover Removed
Old Bulb Exposed
Pull Out Old Bulb
The first step is to gently pry off the translucent plastic lens cover on the license plate light bulb housing with the small flathead screwdriver.

Set the lens cover aside in a safe place.

If the old bulb was recently illuminated, be careful since it might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.

Grasp the old bulb with your thumb and forefinger before pulling it straight out of the socket.

Old # 2825 or W5W Bulb
Empty Bulb Socket
Push In New # 2825 Bulb
Push a new number 2825 bulb straight in to the socket.

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

Line Up Lens Cover
Pop On Lens Cover
Testing New Light Bulbs
Line up the plastic lens cover over the bulb housing and gently pop it back in to place.

Test the new license plate light bulbs by turning on the headlights or by pressing the "Unlock" button on the key fob.

For more, check out all of my Mazda CX-5 DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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