Honda Civics are available in three styles: the four-door sedan, the two-door a coupe and a hatchback. Changing the tail light on a Honda Civic is not a difficult task, but the process for replacing a tail light on the hatchback is slightly different from the method used for the other two styles.
Wear gloves. The replacement tail light in the Civic is installed in the existing socket, which requires that you handle the glass portion of the light. The oil from your fingers can shorten the life of the bulb or may prevent it from heating properly, possibly causing a crack. Wearing gloves eliminates this issue.
Gain access to the light by removing the plastic housing at the corner inside the trunk. In the coupe and sedan, unscrew the plastic fasteners with a Phillips screwdriver to remove the housing. Pull the lining to expose the tail light. Access the lights in the hatchback, which has no screws in the housing, by using a flathead screwdriver to pry open the tabs that secure the housing.
Turn the burnt-out bulb in a counterclockwise direction. Pull the bulb out.
Push the new bulb in and turn it clockwise until you hear a click, which indicates it has been locked in.
Replace the corner lining and screw in the plastic fasteners in the coupe and sedan. In the hatchback, simply push the plastic housing in, and the tab should click into place.