How to Replace a Tail Light

Below guide will teach you How to Replace a Tail Light . Please follow the instructions carefully.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Tail Light
  • 1/4 in. Drive Ratchet
  • Socket and Ratchet Set
  • Trim Panel Removal Tool
  • 3/8 in. Drive Ratchet

Estimated Costs:

  • DIY Costs: Est. $15.81 parts only
  • Shop Costs: Est. $81.90 parts and labor


  • Switch on the headlights and go on the rear side of the vehicle to check which tail has burned out.
  • Unfasten any screws from the outside of the tail light if applicable to remove the plastic trim or cover.
  • You can access the back of the tail light by opening the trunk.
  • Take the socket and bulb out of the tail light assembly.
  • Unfasten the nuts holding the tail light in place and remove it.
  • Take a new tail light and position it in the tail light pocket.
  • Secure it with screws and nuts.
  • Reinstall the socket and bulb into the new tail light.
  • Put back the cover or plastic trim and secure it with screws.
  • Check the light by turning it on.

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