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How to Replace a Tail Light

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Note: This is a general guide for all vehicles.

Parts
  • Tail Light
Tools
  • Trim Panel Removal Tool
Difficulty

Easy

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Steps

Safety Tip:
Always wear safety glasses when working on your vehicle. Wear other personal protective equipment (PPE) when necessary, for example latex gloves or closed toe shoes.

1
Locate the tail light on the rear of your vehicle. They are located on each corner and light up when you apply your brakes or turn signal.
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2
If applicable, remove any mounting screws on the outside of the tail light.
3
Open the trunk of your vehicle and locate the back of the tail light.
4
Remove the socket and bulb from the back of the tail light by turning and pulling.
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5
Remove the tail light mounting screws or nuts.
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6
Push the tail light out from behind.
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7
Compare the old tail light with the new one to ensure correct fit.
8
Install the new tail light into the tail light pocket.
9
Tighten the mounting screws or nuts.
10
Install the bulb and socket into the new tail light.
11
Re-check the lights for proper operation.
12
Install any cover or trim that was removed for access.
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