For those of you who want to remove your tail lamps for whatever reason, here are some pointers on getting the center lamps (on the hatch) off the car:
- First, remove the interior hatch trim. Start at the top, by the hinges. Pop the four pieces loose. The bottom piece is pretty tight, but it will pop free.
- Remove the 8mm long nuts from the sides. Note that these have little teflon washers that are easy to lose.
- There's one last 8mm nut inside the hatch. Use a socket extension or 8mm nut driver to get to it.
- Once all the nuts are free, the lamp will still be tightly attached to the car. It's got a pop fastener that holds it in. We just pushed on that last stud (where the nut was) with the socket wrench, and the lamp popped loose.