Originally Posted by shadow1
I would like to install an LED in my trunk light. However it seems every post about it involves it breaking upon removal. I've inspected it and I also cannot figure out a way to pull it without breaking it. Has anyone done it without breaking it?
I broke mine and after the mistake and getting the replacement clear cover, I've learned the correct way to remove it.
You need a prying tool like this. This is a very common and cheap tool set available in the Japan market. It is made of shiny plastic and won't mar the surface if the tool is used properly.
I am sure you can find something similar.
The most important thing is you need a tool whose head is flat with a width similar to the tab of the plastic and you insert the tool as shown in the picture. Gently insert the tool between the gap and used a forward and slightly upward movement. After two attempts, the whole trunk switch assembly should be popped up.
Be ware that the trunk switch assembly is very bulky and tall. It appears to be "stuck" in the opening. So don't pull too hard. Just do things gently and you should be able to pull the whole trunk assembly out. The prying point is on the right hand side of the car.
Recently I removed the trunk switch again because i I needed to do something with the trunk open and I removed the switch in order to avoid draining the battery (despite the light should go out in a few minutes by itself)
With the right tool, I can repeatedly remove the switch with breaking it.