The 2005 Honda Accord LX has an interesting taillight setup, as the coupe and sedan models have completely different taillight housings. Despite their differences, both models require the same straightforward process to remove and install the brake light bulbs. In addition to the brake light bulbs in the taillight housing, the 2005 Accord also has a high-mount brake light bulb. Replacing this bulb requires a little flexibility to access, as Honda mounted it on the top of the trunk compartment.
Open your Accord's trunk and find the rectangular bulb-access door just behind the taillight with the failed bulb. Pull the outermost edge of this door outward with your finger to open it and expose the light sockets.
Twist the upper socket, which is the taillight socket, counterclockwise to unlock it from the taillight assembly. Pull the socket and bulb from the taillight assembly.
Pull the bulb out of the socket, using a slight wiggling motion.
Hold a new taillight bulb in your hand, using a clean, lint-free cloth to protect it from the oils on your hand, and press it into the socket until it seats into place. Guide the new bulb into the hole in the taillight assembly until the socket contacts the rear of the taillight assembly, then rotate the socket clockwise to lock it into place.
Close the bulb-access door and close the Accord's trunk.
Open the Accord's trunk and look at the top of the trunk, directly under the high-mount stop light, to find the socket that plugs into the light. This socket holds the high-mount stop light bulb.
Rotate the socket counterclockwise to unlock it and pull it from the high-mount stop light.
Pull the burned-out bulb from the socket with a slight wiggling motion. Grab a new bulb with a clean, lint-free cloth, then press it into the socket until it's seated.
Guide the bulb and socket into the hole in the high-mount stop light and twist the socket clockwise to lock it into place. Close the vehicle's trunk.
- Never touch a brake light bulb with your bare hands, as the oils from your hands can cause premature bulb failure.
- 2005 Accord Sedan Owner's Manual; American Honda Motor Company
- 2005 Honda Accord Coupe Owner's Manual; American Honda Motor Company
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