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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-09-2010, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
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How to switch license plate lights?

I just bought two LED license plate light bulbs for my 2010 Mazda 3 Hatchback. I need to know how to take out the stock lamps. I went to try to take them off but they won't budge.

Any ideas?
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-10-2010, 02:04 PM
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Re: How to switch license plate lights?

You have to be really careful when taking these out to avoid breaking the clip. I recall using a very small and thin flathead screwdriver to pop out the housings (really theres only one place you can place a small screwdriver to release the clips) and then you had to push them up and to the side in order to get them to drop out of the hole.

If you cant figure it out I'll try posting some pictures.

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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-23-2010, 11:01 PM
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Re: How to switch license plate lights?

Check out the installation instuctions for the LED light kit at Corksport. They have a great write-up with pics for this part.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-19-2010, 04:23 PM
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Re: How to switch license plate lights?

i didnt remove the clip.. i just got a knife and pushed it into the side part and pryed it off, the clear plastic part has 2 parts sticking out clicking into 2 holes on the side of the light mountings. just pry off from the short side and it should come right out. then just pull the bulb out, it is a plug in bulb.
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-24-2010, 12:21 PM
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Re: How to switch license plate lights?

can anyone hook me up with a link where i can get these lights for cheap?
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Re: How to switch license plate lights?

check out e-bay I got 2 lights LED with 10 LED on em for 3 dollars shipping and handling is free
just look for T10 LED for Mazda 3
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Re: How to switch license plate lights?

yeah this is super easy, just need a small screwdriver to pry them off to the side. I tried a few different LED bulb designs, and found the 4LED aiming downward to provide the best light. the designs with LEDs facing sideways is kind of useless, atleast on the 2010 3 design.


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Re: How to switch license plate lights?

Hey guys,

I'm thinking of ordering either these: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Lexus...Q5fAccessories

or getting the LED kit for $39 from Cork Sport.. What do you guys recommend? I do want to get interior LEDs too but for now I really want to get my HID kit and the License plate LEDs

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Re: How to switch license plate lights?

[quote author=chubbs link=topic=177722.msg4022559#msg4022559 date=1305299587]
Hey guys,

I'm thinking of ordering either these: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Lexus...Q5fAccessories

or getting the LED kit for $39 from Cork Sport.. What do you guys recommend? I do want to get interior LEDs too but for now I really want to get my HID kit and the License plate LEDs
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will those fit mazda3's?


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Re: How to switch license plate lights?

I hate to revive a dead thread, but I just went out and did this now. After deciding not to deal with the black clips like in the Corksport diagram, I just decided to take the 2 clear covers off, similar to what ajlee613 said. I used a flat head jewelers screwdriver, popped one side out at a time, and then pushed the clear housing thing towards the front of the car. Did that for each side, threw in 2 bulbs from my '07 map lights (2825). Then to put the clear housing back on, keep the rounded part towards the rear of the car, the way it was when originally taken off. Put one side in first with the clear clip thing on the side, and then use the tiny screwdriver to carefully pry the other side into place. It will click in when it is set. I just did this in about ten minutes in the dark (flashlight of course). I only am writing this in case someone like me is searching around on here on how to get this done. Like I said, it was probably said by others, but just thought I'd toss in my two cents too.

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