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
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
Now Let's Begin
Tools and Supplies Needed
Screw driver set
Protective gloves and eye wear
Before you begin, park the car on level ground, in park with the emergency
Locate and remove the lens mounting nuts, sometimes
you must remove some plastic trim pieces before these nuts are accessible.
Once the lens mounting nuts are loose remove them to remove the lens from the
Next, grasp the lens firmly and remove the unit from the car
After the lens has been removed and the wiring connector
disconnected, turn the bulb socket counterclockwise.
Once the socket has been released simply remove the bulb from
Next, remove the bulb from the socket by firmly grasping it and pulling it away from the socket.
Compare the failed bulb to the replacement bulb to unsure
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
Once the new bulb has been installed into the
socket install the socket back into the lens.
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.
Check the brake light bulb's operations once the job is
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.
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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