Introduction

Replace the tail light bulbs in a '98 to '02 Honda Accord.

Parts

No parts required.

Open the trunk using your key in the trunk key slot or by using the lever under the driver's console. Open the trunk using your key in the trunk key slot or by using the lever under the driver's console.
  • Open the trunk using your key in the trunk key slot or by using the lever under the driver's console.

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Remove the small plastic screw along the vertical edge of the trunk entrance using a flathead screwdriver. Carefully peel back the trunk liner from around the edge of trunk opening by the light. Locate the two panel tail light connectors located between the liner and the panel tail light assembly.
  • Remove the small plastic screw along the vertical edge of the trunk entrance using a flathead screwdriver.

  • Carefully peel back the trunk liner from around the edge of trunk opening by the light.

  • Locate the two panel tail light connectors located between the liner and the panel tail light assembly.

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Grab a light bulb socket and turn it counterclockwise until it can be removed from its hole. Repeat this process for the other light bulb socket. Repeat this process for the other light bulb socket.
  • Grab a light bulb socket and turn it counterclockwise until it can be removed from its hole.

  • Repeat this process for the other light bulb socket.

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Locate the light bulb sockets in the trunk lid, located on the back side of the trunk tail lights. Turn the light bulb sockets counterclockwise and remove them from their holes. Turn the light bulb sockets counterclockwise and remove them from their holes.
  • Locate the light bulb sockets in the trunk lid, located on the back side of the trunk tail lights.

  • Turn the light bulb sockets counterclockwise and remove them from their holes.

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Remove the light bulbs from their sockets by gently pulling them away from the connectors. Remove the light bulbs from their sockets by gently pulling them away from the connectors.
  • Remove the light bulbs from their sockets by gently pulling them away from the connectors.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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3 Comments

Mine is a 2002 honda accord EX doest have that kind of fastener on the trunk's carpet... I don't know how to remove those!

Help!

JoeKehr13 - Reply

2001 Honda Accord Coupe - my stero turns on but has no sound, and the brake lamp indicator light came on and my headlights don't work now (running lights, yes). Could these all be connected to a fuse possibly? Help, I'm stuck in a parking lot!

Lindalace - Reply

Try your high beams, they should still work. And if you just replaced a break/tail bulb, then one of the skinny metal contacts inside the plastic sockets has bent down into the socket, causing the bad ground issue. Or your stereo illumination dimmer wire is exposed and shorting out.

Possibly the wrong bulb in one of the sockets as well.

Those are all I can think of right now.

Jax Kadar -

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