Mechanics

BRAKE LIGHT BULB REPLACEMENT

2002 Cadillac SLS

2002 Cadillac SLS V8

How do I change the brake light on the trunk next
to the license plate on the driver's side. It looks like it is one piece. I see there are bolts to remove but I cannot remove the lenses from the trunk lid to get at the bulb. Do you have directions to instruct me how this is done or does it require the use of special equipment to free the lense housing from the trunk lid to access the bulb?
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Deb25
May 30, 2010.



Open the trunk lid then remove the side trim of whichever side you are on. disconnect the electrical connectors and press the grommet out of the compartment area. remove the fasteners securing the tail lamp assembly then slide assembly out so you can replace bulb(s).


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/261618_Graphic_547.jpg


Bluelightnin6
May 30, 2010.
The information you responded with is for the brake light on the corner of the car. I am referring to the strip of lights that is along the trunk lid where it meets the bumper next to the license plate. I removed the carpet lining from under the trunk lid and removed the nuts from the bolts that hold the light strip in place but cannot remove the light strip to access where the bulb is. These are not back up lights. The trunk lid has a red strip for brakes, then a white strip for back up and 2 red blocks on either side of the license plate that come on when you apply brakes. I am not referring to the additional lights that are on the corner of each side of the car which come on when the car lights are on and brighten with braking.

Tiny
Deb25
May 31, 2010.
There are no brake lights in that panel, just park lights. You are on the right track with the process, there should be about 5-7 nuts that hold the panel. But as I said, there are no brake lights in that panel, unless you are referring to the high mount lamp, and it is serviceable only by replacement.

Factoryjack
May 31, 2010.
Thank you for your reply but yes these are brake lights. They are red and they only go on when you put your foot on the brake. I would consider that a brake light. There are about 12 bolts that hold the panel that goes across the back of the car on the truck lid. The panel is loosened from the car but I can not pull it away far enough to access where the bulb is. It seems that there is something else holding it in place. Any idea what??

See pic attached - The car was purchased used and apparently there had been a slight fender bender which resulted in cracking one of the red lenses.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/533250_PICT0001_1.jpg


Tiny
Deb25
May 31, 2010.
Sorry about that, thanks for clarifying with a picture though. that is considered your high mount stop lamp and is replaced as an assembly. that entire strip, including the painted area, comes off together.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/261618_Noname_2286.jpg



http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/261618_Graphic_548.jpg



http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/261618_Graphic2_79.jpg


Bluelightnin6
May 31, 2010.
Thanks again, but these pictures do not reflect what I see when I open the trunk. There is no strip on the outside to remove. The lights go downto the bottom of the trunk lid - where the lid touches the car when the lid is closed. There is nothing removable on the exterior of the car. You have to remove the carpet padding from the trunk lid and then remove the bolts visible under that. This is a Seville if that matters. I have not been able to find a picture that correlates to what I see when I look at the car or take it apart. Unfortunately, I did not take a pic of when I had the car apart last night. It does not look anything like the diagram you submitted. The lights are in one piece - on either side and on top of the license plate.

Tiny
Deb25
May 31, 2010.
Yes, the lights are the long strip in the 2nd diagram above. It looks exactly as your picture does to me?

The first diagram I posted will be used after you remove the entire strip with painted surface.. It is showing the red strip area being removed from the painted strip.

Bluelightnin6
May 31, 2010.
Ok, I can see that this is how you remove the top red strip light. I am not trying to remove that light/lense. I am trying to remove the lower strip that includes the white back up light strip. The bulb that I want to replace should be in the 2 square red lenses to the side of the license plate. The one on the driver's side - the red lense is also broken - therefore it looks clear in the pic I attached before.
Are you telling me I have to remove the top part first to remove the bottom? If so, I still don't see any way to remove the top part from the outside. Is it possible to replace a bulb in the bottom strip as I described? I have not been able to locate that whole piece from a junk yard yet.

Tiny
Deb25
May 31, 2010.
Could you please highlight or point to the part you are talking about in your picture. I don't understand what you are trying to replace if it isn't the strip I showed or the side brake lamp I posted first.

Bluelightnin6
May 31, 2010.
I have highlited in red how the trunk closes - it meets the bumper under the license plate. I have highlited, in yellow, the set of ligts/lenses that are connected to where I am trying to replace the bulb and have pointed to the specific area where the light is out with a yellow arrow. The area that houses the license plate also seems to be part of this set of lights/lenses.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/533250_Cadillac_brake_light_1.jpg


Tiny
Deb25
Jun 1, 2010.
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