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Has your "Brake Light Failure" warning come up on your On Board Check computer? If so, there is a good chance the brake light bulb has failed and requires replacement.

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Image 1/2: In the trunk, locate the plastic cover that protects the taillight. Turn the handle clockwise (as shown by the arrow above the handle) and gently pull outwards. Image 2/2: In the trunk, locate the plastic cover that protects the taillight. Turn the handle clockwise (as shown by the arrow above the handle) and gently pull outwards.
  • Determine which brake light is out. Have a friend step on the brake and see which light does not illuminate.

  • In the trunk, locate the plastic cover that protects the taillight. Turn the handle clockwise (as shown by the arrow above the handle) and gently pull outwards.

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  • Pinch the top and bottom of the power connection. Pull hard on the power connection to remove it; this disconnects the power.

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Image 1/2: The nuts are found on the corners of the taillight Image 2/2: The nuts are found on the corners of the taillight
  • Undo all four nuts with the 8mm socket and ratchet.

  • The nuts are found on the corners of the taillight

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Image 1/3: Have one hand support the other side of the taillight to prevent it from falling and cracking the plastic. Image 2/3: Have one hand support the other side of the taillight to prevent it from falling and cracking the plastic. Image 3/3: Have one hand support the other side of the taillight to prevent it from falling and cracking the plastic.
  • To remove the taillight from the metal frame, push outwards (towards the back of the car) on the back of one of the plastic bulb carriers.

  • Have one hand support the other side of the taillight to prevent it from falling and cracking the plastic.

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  • The brake light bulb is the bottom right bulb. Push this bulb inwards and turn it counterclockwise, with lots of pressure, to remove it.

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  • The 7528 bulb is in the off-white plastic carrier. Apply slight pressure downwards and twist counterclockwise to remove the bulb.

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Image 1/1: Take the new 7528 bulb and place it in the same plastic that  held  the burnt bulb.
  • To determine whether or not a bulb is burnt, check for a connection break in the bulb. In the image shown, wires run continuously between both connections. This means the bulb is not burnt and is set to be put back in the taillight.

  • Take the new 7528 bulb and place it in the same plastic that held the burnt bulb.

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Image 1/2: Align the two plastic tabs with the indents in the metal sheet.  Push hard inward while twisting clockwise until the bulb is horizontal, similar to the other four bulbs. When the bulb fits correctly, you will hear a loud snap. Image 2/2: Note: The bulb carrier is very hard to place correctly.  Ensure the tabs are lined up, and apply hard pressure while turning clockwise.  If the bulb carrier does not sit properly, remove it and reseat it.
  • The plastic carriers only fit into the taillight carrier one way. The fit is very snug against the metal ground.

  • Align the two plastic tabs with the indents in the metal sheet. Push hard inward while twisting clockwise until the bulb is horizontal, similar to the other four bulbs. When the bulb fits correctly, you will hear a loud snap.

  • Note: The bulb carrier is very hard to place correctly. Ensure the tabs are lined up, and apply hard pressure while turning clockwise. If the bulb carrier does not sit properly, remove it and reseat it.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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