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Use this guide to replace fogged or damaged tail lights in your '98-'02 Honda Accord.

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  1. 1998-2002 Honda Accord Tail Lights Replacement, Tail Light Bulb Assemblies: step 1, image 1 of 2 1998-2002 Honda Accord Tail Lights Replacement, Tail Light Bulb Assemblies: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Open the trunk using your key in the trunk key slot or by using the lever under the driver's console.

  2. 1998-2002 Honda Accord Tail Lights Replacement, Panel Tail Lights: step 2, image 1 of 3 1998-2002 Honda Accord Tail Lights Replacement, Panel Tail Lights: step 2, image 2 of 3 1998-2002 Honda Accord Tail Lights Replacement, Panel Tail Lights: step 2, image 3 of 3
    • Remove the small plastic screw along the vertical edge of the trunk entrance using a flathead screwdriver.

    • Carefully peel back the trunk liner from around the edge of trunk opening by the light.

    • Locate the two panel tail light connectors located between the liner and the panel tail light assembly.

  3. 1998-2002 Honda Accord Tail Lights Replacement: step 3, image 1 of 3 1998-2002 Honda Accord Tail Lights Replacement: step 3, image 2 of 3 1998-2002 Honda Accord Tail Lights Replacement: step 3, image 3 of 3
    • Grab a light bulb socket and turn it counterclockwise until it can be removed from its hole.

    • Repeat this process for the other light bulb socket.

  4. 1998-2002 Honda Accord Tail Lights Replacement, Trunk Lid Tail Lights: step 4, image 1 of 3 1998-2002 Honda Accord Tail Lights Replacement, Trunk Lid Tail Lights: step 4, image 2 of 3 1998-2002 Honda Accord Tail Lights Replacement, Trunk Lid Tail Lights: step 4, image 3 of 3
    • Locate the light bulb sockets in the trunk lid, located on the back side of the trunk tail lights.

    • Turn the light bulb sockets counterclockwise and remove them from their holes.

  5. 1998-2002 Honda Accord Tail Lights Replacement, Tail Lights: step 5, image 1 of 2 1998-2002 Honda Accord Tail Lights Replacement, Tail Lights: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Remove the connector at the bottom of the panel tail light assembly.

    • Locate the three 8 mm nuts holding the panel tail light assembly to the car and use an 8 mm socket wrench or box end wrench to remove the them.

  6. 1998-2002 Honda Accord Tail Lights Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the panel tail light assembly by pulling it straight away from the car.

    • If you are having troubles removing the light, try wiggling it back and forth as you pull it out.

  7. 1998-2002 Honda Accord Tail Lights Replacement: step 7, image 1 of 3 1998-2002 Honda Accord Tail Lights Replacement: step 7, image 2 of 3 1998-2002 Honda Accord Tail Lights Replacement: step 7, image 3 of 3
    • Remove the three 8 mm hex nuts securing the trunk tail light using a socket wrench or box end wrench.

    • The black nut at the edge of the trunk lid has an extended round end that prevents a standard 8 mm socket from seating fully. You can use a regular socket if you can keep the bit level while rotating, but a deep socket is recommended to prevent stripping.

  8. 1998-2002 Honda Accord Tail Lights Replacement: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Lift the trunk tail light up from the outer edge, being careful not to break the plastic locator on the inside edge.

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To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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I Installed led brakes and thay don't flash when I push on the brake that bottom wire is unhooked was wondering if that ran to the brake switch was wondering how to hard wire it will it would work

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My tail lights, brake lights stay on even after I have turn the key off and pulled it out of the keyhole. Is there a part that might be broken that could repair this. Any comments I would appreciate them. Thanks oh I did find little pieces on the floor and wondered what that part might be maybe under the drivers side where the spring is

LaDawn Berkey - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

I have to take the cable off the battery or it goes dead. And the little part on the floor was kind of like a plastic washer with a little pointed top on it.

LaDawn Berkey - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Thanks Nathan. The part was broken into pieces. There is a little spring underneath the steering and, back in a little bit that I wondered if it broke off from that, which would make the break stay on.

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