How to Replace a Reverse Light Bulb

Easy to follow step by step guide on how to replace an automotive reverse bulb, though appearances may vary, the process is similar on most vehicles.

Difficulty Level - 3 of 10

Tools and Supplies Needed

  • Mechanics tool set
  • Replacement reverse light bulb

Begin with the vehicle on level ground in park with the emergency brake set, engine "OFF".

Step 1 - Start by locating the reverse light bulb that has failed and remove the lens mounting screws.

Remove Len Mounting Screws

Step 2 - After the screws have been removed, grasp the lens and pop it from the mount. (This procedure will vary per manufacturer.)

Pop Len Loose

Step 3 - Once the lens is loose, locate the reverse light bulb socket.

Reverse Light Socket

Step 4 - Grasp the socket and gently twist it counterclockwise to remove.

Remove Reverse Light Bulb Socket

Step 5 - Gently grasp the bulb and firmly pull upward while holding the socket downward. (Some designs require a counterclockwise twisting motion while pushing slightly downward and then lift upward to remove the bulb.)

Remove Reverse Light Bulb

Step 6 - The bulb will pull out of the socket and be ready for replacement.

Failed Reverse Light Bulb

Step 7 - Match the new bulb to the old unit, they should match identically, reinstall the new bulb, turn the ignition switch "ON" with out starting the engine, put the transmission in reverse to test the repair.

New Reverse Light Bulb

Step 8 - After checking the bulb operation, position the socket back into the lens and twist clockwise to tighten.

Reinsert Reverse Light Bulb Socket

Step 9 - Next, reposition the lens and insert it back into its holder.

Reinsert Lens

Step 10 - After the lens is in place, install the mounting screws and tighten.

Reinstall Mounting Screws

Helpful Information

Check all directional and headlight bulbs when replacing a failed bulb, use high quality bulb to avoid premature failure.

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