How to Change a License Plate Light on a Suburban

The bulbs mounted over the license plate on your Chevrolet Suburban are a required safety feature in most states.

The lights illuminate the license plate for easier identification. When a bulb burns out, replace it right away to avoid the risk of law enforcement citation for a failed bulb. Buy a W5W replacement bulb and change it at home in minutes. The Suburban uses two bulbs over the license plate, so replacing them in pairs can help avoid repeating the process in the near future when the second one fails.

Remove the two screws securing the bulb over the license plate with a Phillips screwdriver.

Pull the light forward until the bulb and socket slide out of the mounting area. Twist the bulb counterclockwise and pull it out of the socket.

Insert the new bulb into the socket and turn it clockwise to lock it in place. Insert the new bulb and socket into the mounting area.

Tighten the two mounting screws on each side of the light assembly with a Phillips screwdriver. Repeat the process on the second license plate light if necessary.

Things You Will Need

  • Phillips screwdriver

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