Brake Light Bulb Replacement Guide and Video

Got a brake light bulb out and need to replace it yourself? This is a good thing because everyone that drives a car should know how to do minor repair such as this without going to a garage. In this guide I will show you how to replace you brake light using everyday tools and it will take about 20 minutes of your time plus you will have the satisfaction of replacing it yourself. First get a replacement bulb from Amazon or the local parts store then you are ready to begin.

There are basically two style of bulb replacements which is: the brake lens needs to be removed to access the bulb, and the bulb socket can be removed by simply twisting it counterclockwise.

Watch this video first that give you an idea of what you are in for before you begin.

Now Let's Begin

Tools and Supplies Needed

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

Step 1

Locate and remove the lens mounting nuts, sometimes you must remove some plastic trim pieces before these nuts are accessible.

Step 2

Once the lens mounting nuts are loose remove them to remove the lens from the vehicle.

Step 3

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

Step 4

After the lens has been removed and the wiring connector disconnected, turn the bulb socket counterclockwise.

Step 5

Once the socket has been released simply remove the bulb from the lens.

Step 6

Next, remove the bulb from the socket by firmly grasping it and pulling it away from the socket.

Step 7

Compare the failed bulb to the replacement bulb to unsure proper operation.

Step 8

Before installing the new bulb check the socket for corrosion or melted terminals which will need to be repaired or replaced before the new unit can be installed. If everything looks okay, install the new bulb into the socket.

Step 9

Once the new bulb has been installed into the socket install the socket back into the lens.

Step 10

After the bulb socket is installed, replace the lens onto the car body, be sure to hold the lens in place while mounting is in progress, reinstall the mounting nuts and tighten.

Step 11

Check the brake light bulb's operations once the job is complete.

When replacing a brake light bulb use OEM bulbs and sockets to ensure proper operation with an longer expected lifespan. Cheaper made bulbs tend to burn out more rapidly which requires a repeat replacement.

Best Practices

  • Inspect bulb socket and replace if signs of heat is present.
  • Check socket connections and clean as necessary
  • Wiring connectors can become old and brittle, use care when handling these brittle wires.
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