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Old 26 Jun 2011, 02:10 pm
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Default Rear cargo light

I have a 2003 PT Cruiser, can someone please tell me how the rear cargo light works, is it suppose to come on when the tailgate is opened?, and/or the doors? If so how do you replace the bulb? I know you have to access it through the access panel, but how do you remove the bulb?
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Old 26 Jun 2011, 08:00 pm
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Default Removing the rear cargo light

Remove the access panel and the jack/ tool bag, reach in through the opening and grasp the black plastic housing. Pull it directly downward. The black lamp housing and the lens will separate; likely the lens will fall (fly) off into the cargo area. The bulb pulls out of the housing.
To replace, observe how the lens tabs and housing align, hold the housing in place and press the lens back onto it (each on their respective sides of the trim panel).
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Old 11 Dec 2015, 08:28 am
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What is the bulb size or specs ?
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You are posting in a pretty old thread. But the cargo area bulb in a PT Cruiser is a #906.

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...and the panal cover is a neat place to hang and extinguisher from. Worth an extra point at car shows.

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Default Re: Rear cargo light

An old thread, but helpful. It popped up when I Googled "replace rear cargo lamp PT Cruiser". Nice to see our forum pop up on search engines!

Thought I'd add to it since it's still being helpful, here's some pics and thoughts:

The assembly does pop apart as sanatanadharma describes (thanks sanatanadharma, I probably would have pried on the lens and made a mess of it before I figured it out). Here it is disassembled, the three prongs on the lens retain the socket behind the panel.



If the bulb is difficult to remove, you could stick a small screwdriver through the slot in the side of the socket (see arrow) and GENTLY pry against the base of the bulb.

Here's the orientation of the socket to the panel:



Here's the orientation of the lens to the panel:



To reassemble, stick the lens in the panel and snap the socket on the three lens prongs, making sure they all engage.

Hope this helps someone.
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Old 15 Mar 2020, 04:47 pm
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Replace with an LED Bulb, so you never have to change it again.
And, will be brighter. All my interior bulbs are now LEDs!
Any automotive parts store can help you match up the correct one.

Just an example...
https://www.adventurerv.net/camco-90...tsfeed_organic
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Old 18 Mar 2020, 07:54 pm
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There's a light back there???
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Old 18 Mar 2020, 09:44 pm
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There's a light back there???
When your carbide lamp goes out, or flash light battery goes low, it's time to take off the Miner's helmet!
It's a bright world out there!!!
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