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Can someone please help me to replace a licence plate bulb.
I`ve been told to do it from the inside but I don`t want to damage anything.
Some pics or a video may help as well.
Seasons greetings to one and all.
Martyn
 

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Until a r170 owner responds, owner's manual does not cover it?
 

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thanks

Thanks Jeff................I`ll just have to wait untill someone responds.
Seasons greetings. & regards,
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Hi there!

You do not have to replace them from the inside. Its 2 screws on each plastic cover to the left and right of the license plate. At least thats the way it is in the US. This would also be a good time to look into no fault LED replacements.
 

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What is this stud

I`ve managed to release the obstinate bolts on the right and left hand side of this unit but there is this silver stud in the middle which I don`t know how I can release.
Please can I have some more help to complete the bulb change.

My thanks to slk320chick for the help and the pics.
Her is my pic to help to understand what I`m asking.
Regards to all,
Martyn

Sorry the pic has disapeared. I`m chasing it up.
There is a silver stud in the middle of the light nacelle holding the whole assembley in (or seems to be)
 

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Not that

I haven`t got that far yet.
On the outside exactly in the middle of the 2 screws there is a silver stud that appears to be holding the cover in place and I can`t see how to remove it.

 

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Mensra

Mensra..............if you judge it to be the same perhaps you could help with the removal of the light cover after unscrewing the bolts.
Thanks for the input.
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Martyn
 

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IIRC it is also different for UK-spec. R171 as far as the rear license plate illuminators are concerned, it requires an approach from the inside of the trunk/boot lid and involves removal of the inner plastic trim of the trunk/boot lid.
 

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Thanks etyu

This is what I thought from previous research.
I`ve looked on the inside and was baffled by the peculier clips holding the cover on. Any idea how to get the inside cover off without damage to it.
 

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3rd brake light install pdf to get idea of 'pins' Eddy is referring to on page 4
 

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Done............with problems

I`ve managed to remove the internal studs see pic.
Quite easy really but the fitting of the bulb was finicky and I think I fused it when fitting because they are both out now.
I`m gonna leave it for a while as I got a little frustrated.
At 67 years old I don`t find it to much fun sat in the boot in the freezing cold.
I`ll get back later.

The removal of the internal plate is done by removing the centre pin then the outside retainer I used the shown special tool to perform this stage of the process thereby not doing any damage.
All I gotts do now is find where the appropriate fuse is.
Happy New year to all.
 

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All done .....I must have fused the bulbs/lamps when I was messing about.

A bit concerned as the problem only arose because one of the bulbs/lamps was out. Both are working now so my concern is what caused the faulty connection. Maybe the future will reveal all.

My thanks to Jeff~~~~Gbarringer100~~~~~and leapyfish~~~~~Eddy~~~~~slk320chick

Happy New Year to all
 
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