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Mitsubishi Lancer License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb on the rear bumper of an 8th generation 2008-2015 Mitsubishi Lancer.

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2015 Lancer License Plate Lights
Left Side Bulb Housing
Loosen Phillips Head Screw
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the eighth generation (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015) Mitsubishi Lancer in changing a burnt out license plate light bulb in the rear bumper cover or upgrading both bulbs to brighter LED units.

Owners of other Mitsubishi vehicles such as the Mirage, Lancer Evolution ("Evo"), Outlander, 3000GT, Diamante, Eclipse, Endeavor, Galant, Montero, ASX, Triton L200 and Raider may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement bulb is part number 2825 (or W5W) which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko and PIAA.

You can also use a brighter 2825 LED bulb.

The only tool needed to replace the bulbs is a standard Phillips head screwdriver.

Remove 2nd Phillips Screw
Two Screws Removed
Pull Out Light Housing
Loosen the two screws on the license plate light bulb housing by turning them counterclockwise with the Phillips head screwdriver.

Set the screws aside in a safe place.

Pull the light housing out of the bumper cover.

1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Pull Out Old Bulb
Old # W5W (or # 168)
Rotate the grey plastic bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it out of the white plastic bulb housing.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket.


Push In New W5W
1/4 Turn Clockwise
Push On Lens Cover
Push a new # 2825 bulb straight in to the socket.

If necessary, you may be able to use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 158, 168, W5W, 194 or a compatible LED unit.

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

Push the translucent plastic lens cover on to the front of the bulb housing.

Re-Insert Bulb Housing
Tighten Two Phillips Screws
Test New Light Bulbs
Replace the housing in to the underside of the bumper cover.

Tighten the two Phillips head screws in the clockwise direction until they are snug.

Try to avoid over tightening the two screws to prevent from cracking the plastic housing.

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

For more, check out my other 2008-2015 Mitsubishi Lancer DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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