2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG: License Plate Light Bulb Replacement
April 11, 2014
Our 2005 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG has finally developed a problem that doesn't require a dealer visit and a spare $3,000 to correct. A warning bell from the instrument panel display alerted us to a burned out license plate light bulb. I grabbed a pair from a local auto parts store and set to work.
To get to the light cover, you must first deal with the Merc's trunk that is happiest either fully closed or full open. The trunk needs to be semi-open to access the light, and that means propping it up with your shoulder. I learned the hard way that the trunk never stops its attempt to close even if an object impedes its downward progress.
Getting the light cover dislodged once the screws are removed was another challenge. There's a rubber seal that keeps dirt out of the cover, so I wedged the car's front license plate (it isn't mounted, so it lives in the trunk) in between the light cover and its holder to free it.
Removing the bulb is as easy as jamming a screwdriver underneath and praying it doesn't shatter from the pressure. Bulb replacement is much easier, and all that's left is to throw the cover back on to the trunk.
Total cost: a measly $5.96.
Cameron Rogers, Vehicle Testing Assistant @ 61,820 miles