Brake Light Bulb Replacement

Step by step guide on how to replace a brake light bulb. This guide pertains to most vehicles.

Difficulty Scale: 2 of 10

Tools and Supplies Needed

  • Replacement brake light bulb
  • Screw driver set
  • Socket set
  • Protective gloves and eyewear
Before you begin, park the car on level ground , in park with the emergency brake on.

Step 1 - Locate and remove the brake light lens mounting nuts. Sometimes you must remove some plastic trim pieces before these nuts are accessible.

Removing Brake Light Lens Mounting Nuts

Step 2 - Once the lens mounting nuts are lose, remove them to loosen the lens from the car.

Brake Light Lens Mounting Nut

Step 3 - Next, grasp the lens firmly and remove the unit from the car body.

Removing Brake Light Lens


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Article first published (Updated 2015-01-05)