Introduction

Driving with a malfunctioning tail light is dangerous. This guide will walk you through the steps of replacing a broken tail light bulb so you can get back on the road quickly.

Parts

No parts required.

Determine which tail light is not working.
  • Determine which tail light is not working.

    • The tail lights are located within the red rectangles.

    • This can be done by having someone stand outside the vehicle while it is turned on. The driver should turn the vehicle's headlights on. If the person outside the vehicle sees that the tail light does not turn on, then it is malfunctioning.

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Use a Phillips No. 2 screwdriver to remove ONLY the two INNER screws by turning in a counterclockwise direction. DO NOT remove the two outer screws, the picture to the left is incorrect DO NOT remove the two outer screws, the picture to the left is incorrect
  • Use a Phillips No. 2 screwdriver to remove ONLY the two INNER screws by turning in a counterclockwise direction.

    • DO NOT remove the two outer screws, the picture to the left is incorrect

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Grasp the edges of the tail light and slide 1/2" towards the center of the vehicle, then pull lightly away from the vehicle until the light is 4 inches away from the vehicle. Pulling any further may result in damaged wiring.
  • Grasp the edges of the tail light and slide 1/2" towards the center of the vehicle, then pull lightly away from the vehicle until the light is 4 inches away from the vehicle. Pulling any further may result in damaged wiring.

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Locate the top light bulb on the back of the tail light casing. This is the bulb you are going to replace. Locate the top light bulb on the back of the tail light casing. This is the bulb you are going to replace.
  • Locate the top light bulb on the back of the tail light casing. This is the bulb you are going to replace.

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Twist the back of the light bulb counterclockwise until it loosens. Twist and pull carefully until the light bulb and socket are removed together.
  • Twist the back of the light bulb counterclockwise until it loosens.

  • Twist and pull carefully until the light bulb and socket are removed together.

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Pinch the clips just below the light bulb. These hold the light bulb in place. Pull until the light bulb is released from the socket.
  • Pinch the clips just below the light bulb. These hold the light bulb in place.

  • Pull until the light bulb is released from the socket.

  • If the light bulb is faulty, dispose of it properly.

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Conclusion

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

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I got that far but I cant get the bulbs out - they seem to be stuck in the sockets - any ideas? thank you very much - steven

steven - Reply

Try spraying some WD40 where the bulb plugs into the socket. Let it sit a few minutes, then try pilling the bulb out.

ka1axy73 - Reply

I have successfully replaced these bulbs several times. This time I decided to use an LED replacement bulb (same part number but with an XL suffix). The new bulb went in fine and works BUT the computer has not reset regarding the warning message that the right rear turn signal lamp being out. Any ideas?

Don Sherman - Reply

I haven't had any luck. In fact, after two weeks the led bulbs always burn out. I was told you bed a diode in between the socket, and the bulb.

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