Rear Light Cluster Bulbs Replacement

Rear Light Cluster Replacement

Changing your car’s tail light bulbs is a simple and straightforward procedure. The bulbs are usually housed in a single enclosure that’s easy to access from inside the trunk, but some models require trim to be removed before you can reach the bulbs. Haynes has full step-by-step information on how to do this.

Most tail light bulbs covered here are halogen, and are readily available from dealers and auto stores. However, some tail lights use LED elements and these usually have to be replaced in their entirety. Again, Haynes will tell you if that’s the case and how to go about doing it.

This task requires no experience and only basic tools. It’ll take you a few minutes, depending on your model.

Every car is different, so before you view the full instructions, find yours…

When to change your tail light bulb

Warning

You should replace tail light bulbs as soon as they blow

“You risk being pulled over by the police and face a possible fine”

Having a fully functioning set of rear bulbs is important if you want to avoid someone careening into the back of you, so you should replace tail light bulbs as soon as they blow.

You also risk being pulled over by the police and face a possible fine, although you’ll usually be given a few days to replace the bulb (and prove you’ve done it) before facing further action.

All cars are slightly different, so if it is time to change your thermostat, use our before you begin checklist, and find your car for specific instructions.

How to change your tail light bulb

This is a clip from a sample video. Find the full step-by-step task for your model

A very brief summary of the task:

  1. Open the boot and locate the bulb storage compartment. Open it
  2. Locate the bulb holder assembly. You may need to undo clips or screws to remove it
  3. Remove the assembly and locate the blown bulb. Remove the bulb, usually by twisting counterclockwise
  4. Install the new bulb. Try to avoid touching it your skin. Reinstall the housing

Why you should change your tail light bulb

If you don’t make the rear of your car visible at night you risk being hit by a following car. The same applies to the brake lights at any time of the day - if you have to stamp on the brakes to avoid something in the road, brake lights give the car behind some warning that you’re stopping. So it’s absolutely imperative that you change the bulb(s) as soon as possible, considering how cheap they are to buy and how little time it’ll take you to do the job.

Before you begin

Tools you will need

Only basic tools are required for this job.

  • Flat screwdriver
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Paper towel/gloves

Parts you may need

  • Bulbs

Warning

Make sure you have the correct fitting/wattage. Consult your car’s handbook

How much does a new tail light bulb cost?

Bulb £1-£3
Garage fee savings £50-£100

 

Every car is different, so before you view the full instructions, find yours…