GM S-Series Pick-ups and SUV's 1994-1999 Repair Guide

License Plate Light

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Pick-Up Models-Except Sportside
1994-96 MODELS WITH A STEP BUMPER

See Figure 1



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Fig. Fig. 1: License plate lamp mounting on vehicles with a step bumper

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the step bumper pads.
  4.  
  5. Remove the bumper bolts, then rotate the bumper for access. An assistant to steady the bumper will be helpful here.
  6.  
  7. Unplug the electrical wiring connector.
  8.  
  9. Remove the lamp-to-bumper screws, then remove the lamp from the vehicle.
  10.  

To install:
  1. Install the lamp to the bumper, then tighten the retaining screws to 14 inch lbs. (1.6 Nm).
  2.  
  3. Attach the wiring connector.
  4.  
  5. Install the bumper and step pad to the vehicle.
  6.  
  7. Connect the negative battery cable.
  8.  

1997-99 MODELS WITH A STEP BUMPER
  1. Make sure the headlight switch is off and the ignition switch is in the lock position.
  2.  
  3. If necessary, lift the lamp up and tilt the bottom away from the bumper to release the lamp retainer.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the bulb socket from the license plate lamp by rotating it 1 / 4 of a turn counterclockwise.
  6.  
  7. Pull the bulb from the socket.
  8.  
  9. If necessary, remove the step bumper pad, the screws that attach the lamp to the bumper and remove the lamp assembly.
  10.  
  11. Installation is the reverse of removal. Tighten the lamp assembly-to-bumper screws to 14 inch lbs. (1.6 Nm).
  12.  

1994-96 MODELS WITHOUT A Step Bumper

See Figures 2, 3 and 4



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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the socket from the lens by turning it slightly to the left



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Fig. Fig. 3: Remove the license plate light bulb from its socket



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Fig. Fig. 4: License plate lamp mounting on vehicles without a step bumper

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the socket from the lens by turning it 1 / 4 turn to the left.
  4.  
  5. Remove the bulb from the socket.
  6.  

To install:
  1. Install the bulb in the socket.
  2.  
  3. Install the socket in the lens and engage it by turning it a 1 / 4 turn to the right.
  4.  
  5. Connect the negative battery cable.
  6.  

1997-99 MODELS WITHOUT A Step Bumper
  1. Make sure the headlight switch is off and the ignition switch is in the lock position.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect the bulb socket from the license plate lamp by rotating it 1 / 4 of a turn counterclockwise.
  4.  
  5. Pull the bulb from the socket.
  6.  
  7. If necessary, remove the lens retaining clip and the lens from the filler panel.
  8.  
  9. Installation is the reverse of removal.
  10.  

Utility And Sportside Pick-Up Models
  1. Make sure the headlight switch is off and the ignition switch is in the lock position.
  2.  
  3. Unfasten the screws retaining the lens, then remove the lens.
  4.  
  5. Disconnect the bulb socket from the license plate lamp by rotating it 1 / 4 of a turn counterclockwise.
  6.  
  7. Remove the bulb from the socket.
  8.  
  9. Installation is the reverse of removal.
  10.  

 
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