How to Remove the Tail Lights in a 2010 Honda Accord

by Justin Cupler

In the 1976 model year, Honda added a second car to its repertoire, the Accord. The Accord gave Honda a presence in the mid-sized automobile field, as the Civic had the compact car realm secured. The 2010 model year marked the year the Accord added an interesting contender to its line-up: the Accord Crosstour, a five-door hatchback. In addition to the Crosstour, the 2010 accord also came in a coupe and sedan. All three different body styles of the Accord had different taillight assembly layouts; however, the only one that required a different process to remove the taillights was the Crosstour.

Accord Sedan and Coupe Taillight Replacement

Open the trunk and locate the fastener(s) securing the carpeting behind the taillight assembly -- two-door Accords have two fasteners and four-door models have only one fastener. Remove the plastic screw in the center of each fastener, using a flat-head screwdriver, to disengage it.

Pull the carpet downward, exposing the rear of the taillight assembly and the three bulb sockets.

Grab the taillight socket and twist it counterclockwise to unlock it. Pull the taillight socket and bulb from the taillight assembly.

Pull the taillight from the taillight socket with a slight wiggling motion. Grab a new 7443 bulb, using a clean, lint-free cloth and press it into the socket. Never touch the bulb with your bare hands, as the oils from your hands may cause premature bulb failure.

Insert the bulb and socket back into the taillight assembly, and twist it clockwise to lock it into place.

Pull the carpeting upward, guiding the fastener(s) into the hole(s) in the truck's frame. Tighten the screw(s) into the fastener(s), using a flat-head screwdriver, to lock the carpeting into place.

Repeat Steps 1 through 6 for the taillight on the other side of the Accord, if needed.

Close the Accord's trunk.

Accord Crosstour Taillight Replacement

Open the rear hatch of the Accord Crosstour and locate the two circular screw covers on the inner part of the taillight assembly. Pry these screw covers off, using a flat-head screwdriver.

Remove the two taillight assembly-retaining screws, using a Phillips screwdriver. Pull the taillight assembly from the Accord.

Remove and replace the taillight following Steps 3 through 5 of the section titled "Accord Sedan and Coupe Taillight Replacement."

Set the taillight assembly back onto the rear of the Accord and tighten the two taillight assembly-retaining screws with a Phillips screwdriver.

Press the screw covers back in place over the taillight assembly retaining screws.

Repeat Steps 1 through 5 for the taillight on the other side of the Accord Crosstour, if needed.

Close the Crosstour's rear hatch.

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About the Author

Justin Cupler is a professional writer who has been published on several websites including CarsDirect and Autos.com. Cupler has worked in the professional automotive repair field as a technician and a manager since 2000. He has a certificate in broadcast journalism from the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Cupler is currently studying mechanical engineering at Saint Petersburg College.