How do I replace the Honda Civic taillight assembly?

I busted a taillight while backing up in my 2007 Honda Civic LX. I already got a replacement, but how do I install it?

Sorry to hear that, but accidents happen! Replacing your Honda Civic taillight assembly can be completed in a matter of minutes with a little patience and the right tools. Here’s how it’s done.
  1. Unscrew the taillight bolts in the quarter panel. To do so, you’ll need to remove the carpeting in the trunk directly behind the taillight. This will expose four 8-mm bolts. Use a socket wrench to remove them.
  2. Disconnect the gray wiring harness by pushing down on the plastic tab and pulling it out. This will disconnect all power flow to the old taillight assembly.
  3. Remove the broken taillight assembly by gently pushing it out of its slot in the quarter panel. Set the old assembly aside and get the new light ready.
  4. Install the new taillight assembly by aligning it with the bolt holes. Reinstall the four 8-mm bolts using the socket wrench.
  5. Reconnect the gray wiring harness to the power connector on the back of the taillight. Replace the carpeting in the trunk.
Just like that, you’ve replaced your Honda Civic taillight assembly! While your car is top of mind, you should take a minute to review your car insurance policy.
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Matthew Macgugan
Answered on Dec 21, 2021

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