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Old 06-26-2012, 07:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone know how to change this bulb on a 2010?? It is more then just taking out the 2 screws on the outside of the light.
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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After taking out the screws, pop out the plastic cover with a thin flat screw driver.
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:02 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I changed one of mine on a 2007 3.3. The bulb was a push-in blade type. I was surprised to see that the screws were almost rusted away. I am planning on changing the screws to stainless.
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Does not work that easy. Was told by dealership that you have to remove the entire rear hatch panel???
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What? No, you take out the two screws, then the plastic housing pops out easily with a flathead screwdriver. Then you rotate the socket to remove it from the plastic housing and then the bulb just pulls out. As deesperson said, it's a push-in blade kind of bulb.

I've done it myself, so I know first-hand. I don't know what your dealer was thinking, unless maybe they were just trying to get the labor to do it for you. I can't think of any lights that require a whole panel to be removed, except maybe the lights in the bottom corner of the door? Not even sure about that, but the manual says that they're not user-replaceable.
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:22 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I changed them last week for LED's since the rearview camera has some LED bulb as well, and the procedure is just as described above, couple of screws, pop the lid and you are home free!
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ok, will try it on friday when I have time and post my results. Thanks!
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Does not work that easy. Was told by dealership that you have to remove the entire rear hatch panel???
You can do it both ways as mentioned. It's easier to pop out the panel. Make sure you put a piece of tape on the flat head screw driver when popping out the license plate light panel. I'm about to change my license plate lights on my 09 Santa Fe this weekend.
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I need to replace these on my 2007. What is the bulb size for the license plate lights?
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Old 03-28-2013, 02:13 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Per owner's manual, W2.1 x 9.5D, 5W. That translates to a #168 from most manufacturers.
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