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How do you Change, Replace, or Install Broken 2002-2004 Honda CR-V Tail Light Replacement



Tools required:
  • 8mm socket/ratchet

  • Flathead screwdriver (small)


Step 1: Open the vehicle's rear door.

Step 2: Using the flathead screwdriver, remove the two screw covers exposed by opening the rear door.

Step 3: Remove the 8mm bolts exposed by removing the screw covers.

Step 4: Remove the interior trunk liner and spare tire cover.

Step 5: Remove the spare tire, if necessary, and the panel beneath it.

Step 6: Using the flathead screwdriver, remove the 2 retaining pins (one on each side) and remove the plastic panel that lines the outer edge of the trunk compartment.

Step 7: Using the flathead screwdriver, remove the small plastic cover located near the tail light. Remove the Phillips screw that is now exposed.


NOTE: If you are replacing the passenger's side tail light, you will need to remove the jack and the compartment's contents.

Step 8: Using the flathead screwdriver, disengage the plastic panel near the door frame, and pull it back, exposing the tail light's wiring harness.

Step 9: Disconnect the wiring harnesses.

Step 10: You can now remove the tail light assembly.


NOTE: If you ordered your replacement tail light from Go-Parts, it likely includes new bulbs and wiring, as most of our models do. This saves you an installation step! However, if your particular model does not, simply twist the sockets, remove them with the wiring, and attach the assembly to the new tail light. This process takes just a few moments!

Step 11: Feed the wiring harness through the vehicle frame and begin mounting the tail light.

Use the tabs as guides, and snap them into place.

Step 12: Secure the tail light by tightening the 8mm retaining screws. Reattach the screw covers.

Step 13: Connect the tail light's wiring harnesses.

Step 14: Reattach the interior panel, and reattach all of the trunk panels and liners that we removed previously.


Simply reverse the removal process.




Please Note

While we are more than happy to create these installation guides for your benefit, we cannot maintain any liability regarding the part, or the driving experience, once the part has been replaced/installed. We always guarantee the quality of the parts we provide, but the installation liability rests solely on the installer.

And, though we are always here to answer your questions, please note that our technicians created these guides for your convenience, and cannot provide assistance beyond this guide.


If you're looking for a good deal on the parts mentioned in this instructional guide, be sure to check these out:

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These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to
04 2004, 03 2003, 02 2002 Honda CR-V Tail Light Replacement Instructions
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