How to change a brake light?

Vlada April 04 2022

If a brake light bulb burns out, it can be very inconvenient. You may not have someone to help you change the light bulb. The best way to check if your brake lights are working is to put something heavy on the brake pedal so the brake lights will turn on. If the light is slow to come on, dimmer than usual, or the brake warning light comes on, then your brake light bulb may be failing.

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Replacing a brake light bulb

Materials Needed

  • ¼ extension - 3 inch and 6 inch
  • ¼ ratchet
  • ¼ socket set - metric
  • Dielectric grease
  • Replacement bulbs
  • Screwdriver - Phillips
  • Screwdriver - slotted
  • Torx driver - T10, T15, or T20

Step 1

Some car and SUV manufacturers have made it easier to replace bulbs. This is done by making it possible to do so from the inside of the car. If your car has this type of replacement, you can skip steps 2 through 4. If you have easy access, you may need to open a flap or panel over the inside of the brake light lens. By looking at the brake light bulb socket from inside the brake light lens, you will be able to replace the brake light bulb.

Step 2

The bolts that hold the lens in place are usually easy to find, but some are hidden by decorative caps. If you can't see the bolts, try looking for them on the bottom of the lens.

Step 3

To take the TV off the wall, you need to remove the bolts that hold it in place. Once you have removed them, set them aside so you don't lose them.

Step 4

Some cars have removable tail light lenses. This means you can take the lens off the light assembly. It usually comes off pretty easily, but if it's hard to take off, make sure you pull in the direction that the lens is installed.

Step 5

You can find the burnt bulb by looking for the tail light assembly. It's the part at the back of the car. Then you'll see a socket for the brake light. If you're not sure which one it is, someone can depress the brake pedal or turn on your hazards to help you find it.

Step 6

To remove the brake light bulb, you will need to turn off the lights and wait for the bulb to cool down. Then, use your fingers to pull it out of the socket. Be careful not to touch the glass because it will be hot.

Step 7

If your brake light isn't working, you might need to change the light bulb. To do this, take the old bulb out and look at the numbers on it. Match them to the new bulb and put the new one in.

Step 8

Put dielectric grease on the brake light bulb socket. A tiny bit is enough.

Step 9

To install the bulb, take the new bulb and put it into the brake light socket.

Step 10

You will want to mount the brake light socket. First, match the tabs on the socket with those on the tail light lens. Once they are aligned, turn the socket clockwise to lock it into place.

Step 11

You should test the brake light function before mounting the brake light lens.

Step 12

Install the tail light. This means you will need to find the right spot for it and then slide it into that spot. Be sure to line up the holes first so that you can put in the screws.

Step 13

Tighten the bolts on the mount by hand.

Brake light bulbs are very important for drivers and passengers. It is very important to make sure your headlights, running lights, brake lights, hazards, and turn signals are all working correctly. This will help keep you and the people around you safe.