Do It Yourself Replacement for a Honda Civic Tail Light

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Do It Yourself Replacement for a Honda Civic Tail Light
Protect yourself and others by replacing burnt-out taillights right away. (highway at night image by kuhar from

Driving with a broken or burnt-out tail light is illegal and dangerous. You run the risk of getting a traffic ticket or worse, causing a serious accident. If the bulb is no longer working, replace it immediately. Honda has made it simple for do-it-yourselfers to replace tail light bulbs. Available as a coupe or sedan, the Honda Civic was introduced in 1973 and as of 2010 was in its eighth generation. Check with your specific year owner's manual for helpful diagrams.

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Things you need

  • Owner's manual
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • New bulb

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  1. 1

    Open the boot of your Honda Civic.

  2. 2

    Remove the Phillips screw from the plastic fastener with a Phillips screwdriver. The screw is located at the top of the trunk lining in front of the tail-light assembly.

  3. 3

    Remove the plastic fastener and pull back the trunk lining.

  4. 4

    Turn the tail light bulb socket counterclockwise and pull it out of the tail light assembly.

  5. 5

    Remove the old bulb. It pulls straight out of the socket.

  6. 6

    Push the new bulb into the socket.

  7. 7

    Reinstall the socket. Turn it clockwise to secure it in place.

  8. 8

    Reverse steps 2 and 3 to finish.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not touch the glass part of the bulb. Oils from your hands can cause the bulb to shatter when it is turned on.

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