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Old 02-01-2012, 02:08 PM   #1
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Ok did a quick search and didn't find anything... It's probably simple, but how do you change the license plate lights on these 05 Malibu? Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-01-2012, 05:10 PM   #2
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Ok did a quick search and didn't find anything... It's probably simple, but how do you change the license plate lights on these 05 Malibu? Thanks in advance!
Did you look from inside the trunk lid? I think you can reach the bulb socket from the inside of the trunk lid. The socket turns a 1/4 turn or so and pulls out. Bulb just pulls straight out of the socket, don't turn it.
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Old 02-01-2012, 05:47 PM   #3
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The inside of the trunk is lined with carpet. I noticed 3 screws on the chrome part on the outer trunk that come off, but don't know what they are for. I figures to take the entire chrome trim off.
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The inside of the trunk is lined with carpet. I noticed 3 screws on the chrome part on the outer trunk that come off, but don't know what they are for. I figures to take the entire chrome trim off.
That's how you get the lamp out and the bulb of course as well. I tried to remember if you could just reach in, been a while since I did one on that generation of Malibu. You're going to have to pull that inside carpet back anyway to release some retainers, take a good look before you go pulling that trim piece out. If you can't get to them then take out the screws you saw and pull that trim piece out a bit and the lamp unclips from the trunk lid and you can change the bulbs then .
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So, I'm still a bit confused...
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I'm not sure if this will help you, but here's a link describing how to do it. http://www.justanswer.com/chevy/0rej...ms-almost.html
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So, I'm still a bit confused...
You're going to need to elaborate, we have no way of knowing what is confusing you from your post. You're working from both sides of the trunk lid, the three screws on the outside and from the inside there are retainer tabs that need to be released to remove the lamp. The link chevyguy gave you shows pictures but they are general pictures. They may help you, I don't know. The release tabs from the inside of the trunk lid, I can't tell you what they look like, been a while since I've been in one of those trunk lids.
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Ok. So like you say I have to work from both inside and outside. Ol. I will check it out Friday. I am going to replace them with LEDs. The retaining clips I think I looked at are black and round. Think they just pop right out?
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Ok. So like you say I have to work from both inside and outside. Ol. I will check it out Friday. I am going to replace them with LEDs. The retaining clips I think I looked at are black and round. Think they just pop right out?
The retaining tabs honestly I can't tell you how they will release, it should be pretty obvious when you look at it yourself. I would imagine it would be something like releasing a retaining tab on anything else, just slide the tab whatever way to release the fingers and when you go back in it should just be lining up the tabs and pressing the lamp back into position.
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I finally got around to trying to do this, but I can't get the carpet lining off. There are these round black push in things holding the carpet to the truck and I can't get them off. (Afraid I will mess them up). Do they just pull out?
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