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Old 09-15-2007, 06:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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IS300 How To Change License Plate Lights

Thanks to SophieSleeps who originally created this How-To.

[quote=SophieSleeps;2289247]For those of you too stoooopid to follow my last instructions, or too stoooooopid to search. Here they are.

1. Open your damn trunk.


2. Unscrew the handle with a phillips screwdriver


3. Pull out plastic pins that hold the trunk liner in. You don't need all of them out, only the ones that hold one side of the trunk lid.
(Hint: take some bell wire or something and run it through the head of the plastic pins. Then pull the wire with a set of pliers.)


4. Remove the girlfriend release lever. Stand behine the rear bumper and face the front of the car.
Take a small flathead and push it inside the two holes inside the case of the GF release lever. One hole is on the Drivers side. One hole is towards the rear of the car.
Once these two sides of the GF release lever are loose, Pull the whole casing towards the rear of the car and the other 2 sides should come loose.


5. Remove the cover to the trunk lock. Squeeze both sides as shown in the picture. Then pull it off.


6. There are 4 nuts that hold the license garnish on. I believe they are 8mm. Remove these gold nuts. 2 are on the lock mechanism.



7. Unclip the light connector

8. TRICKY STEP READ CAREFULLY: Remove the license plate garnish. To do this, you have to pull the garnish off while pushing on a plastic pin inside the inside of the trunk lid.
Look at the picture below and you will see a white plastic tip. Use a flathead to depress the tip. Then pull the garnish off. Repeat for the other side.



9. Here is what the garnish looks like


10. You are now left with the license light assembly's

TRICKY STEP READ CAREFULLY:
To remove them, push them towards the center of the car, then pull the outer side (this is not pictured as so) of the light assembly out of the socket.


11. Twist out the bulb and replace with whatever one you desire.

12. Re-Assemble.
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Old 11-15-2010, 10:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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This tutorial helped me yesterday.. just saying thanks!! and +rep. Also on this one, as well as the original thread, after I find it again. Snapped a few pics, too, but don't think I need to post them.
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Old 07-16-2011, 04:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Back from the dead ... Just did this today. I got white LEDs and they look fantastic!
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Back from the dead ... Just did this today. I got white LEDs and they look fantastic!
Nice.. Where did you find the LED's. How much were they?
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Good Job. Right on instructions.
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Old 01-29-2012, 12:23 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Just did this today. Super easy!
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Old 07-30-2012, 09:19 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thx a bunch! I needed to add this to my diy list!
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Thank you!

I love the Internet and forums like this. Your instructions probably saved me about $90 in labor charges. I have to left-thumbs and still got this job done in 30 minutes.. and part of that was going back to read your great instructions.
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194 168 5SMD LED is what I bought. From Advanced German Technology. Found it on Amazon. Great deal!
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I got AGT Advanced German Technology from Amazon.com. From Seller Speed Shop. Very NICE quality and the brightest even compared to other similar looking 5 SMD LEDS
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Thanks to SophieSleeps who originally created this How-To.
Thank you so much. It was a lot harder than my camry but very satisfying to completely finish it
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thanks for the repair tips ~ this is a bit different from my first car a 1969 Camaro. lamp replacements were easier then. with your help I installed two new bulbs and the cops will stop pulling me over. $100 (at least at the dealer) is what you saved me, and perhaps another blessing, no reason for the cops to do their thing. not bad 2001 to today, 160K and finally I had these bulbs go out. moisture getting through, i need to replenish the foam backing on the lamp cases to keep H2O out of my trunk lid...
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PERFECT WRITE UP! Took me about 15-20 minutes to do.

Definitely worth purchasing a panel clip remover. $9.99 or less and good to have around.
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Trying to figure out which type of LED's bulbs are needed for this mod?

Best I've been able to find is a 194 LED bulb, but it looks like I need them as a panel?
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Thanks for the description, you saved me some scratches and broken plastic :-)
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