How to Replace Toyota Corolla License Plate Light Bulb
The Corolla has been a staple in the Toyota inventory for many years. Performing mundane repairs, such as replacing the license plate bulbs, were much easier and more obvious in the older generations of the model. The newer Corollas warn the owners in the manual not to attempt these repairs, or they may "damage their car." For the die-hard do-it-yourself person, this is far from the truth.
- Moderately Challenging
- Phillips head screwdriver
- Long handled needle nose pliers
- Replacement license plate bulb
- Flathead screwdriver
Open the trunk and locate the trunk liner retainer clips.
Use the Phillips head screwdriver to loosen the center plastic screw of the retainer clip about 1/4 turn, just enough to raise the head of the screw from the base of the clip. Pull the screw up, and lift the clip out of the liner. Use a flathead screwdriver to help pry it out. Remove enough of the clips to allow access to the license plate light sockets. Pull the liner back.
Remove the emergency trunk release handle by popping off the top cover of the handle. Use the needle nose pliers to gently squeeze the prongs on the shaft, while removing the handle.
Unplug the wire harness from the license plate light bulb socket by pressing in on the release clip on the side of the outlet.
Twist the license plate light bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise, using the needle nose pliers again. Do not apply too much pressure to the pliers; you may damage the socket.
Remove the bulb from the socket, and replace it with a new one.
Replace the socket into the socket assembly, and plug the wire harness back in. Test the bulb by turning on the lights of the Corolla, then turn them off again.
Replace the trunk emergency release handle, and replace the hood liner and the retainer clips. Remove the old bulb and tools, and close the trunk.