How to replace a tail light bulb

Changing your car's light bulb is easy. You can do it with a screwdriver and socket wrench. But before you start, or if you have any questions about your specific car, we always recommend looking at the service manual first. On you can find what you are interested in.

Open Trunk Or Tailgate

When you are changing a light bulb, always wear gloves. Oils from your skin can damage the bulb and make it burn out quickly. Once you have your replacement bulbs, put on your gloves and safety glasses. Open the trunk or tailgate, move the fabric (or remove panel) and take a look behind the tail light lens. 

In some cases, you might have to remove the outside assembly. If removing the assembly is necessary, remove the fasteners (screws or bolts) and put them somewhere safe so you don’t lose them.

Pull Tail Lamp Assembly Out

You take the tail lamp assembly out of the vehicle to change a bulb. You will see wires connected to the back of the light bulb. If you are changing a light bulb in a car that does not require you to remove the tail lamp assembly, this is what you will see from inside your trunk or hatch.

Pull bulb out

To release the socket from the assembly, turn it to the left. Then take out your old bulb.

Add Bulb Grease, Put New Bulb In

To change a light bulb, you need to add some grease. Put the new bulb into the socket and make sure that it fits in. There are small notches on the socket that you need to be careful with. Guide your bulb back into place, then turn it right to lock it in.

Reattach Assembly

If you had to take the part off, put it back on now and make sure that it fits correctly. Tighten the screws and make sure everything is secure.

Repeat On Other Side

Make sure you do all these steps on the other side of your car. Turn on the lights. They should work.