REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
The replacement of all the light bulbs is straightforward. First look for the easiest way to access the connector. If you can reach under the car to the connector with your hand, then you won't need to remove the lens assembly. If there is no way to reach the bulb or the connector, you must check for an access cover or see if the lens cover has screws. If the lens is secured by screws, removing the lens would be best access to the bulb. If the lens has no screws showing on the outside of the vehicle, then access is from the back side. Once you have access to the bulb, simply grasp the connector and turn counterclockwise to align the slots, then remove the bulb from the lens housing.Front Turn Signal and Parking Lights
See Figures 1, 2, 3 and 4
- Depending on the vehicle and bulb application, either unscrew and remove the lens, or disengage the bulb and socket assembly from the rear of the lens housing.
- To remove a light bulb with retaining pins from its socket, grasp the bulb, then gently depress and twist it 1 / 8 turn counterclockwise, and pull it from the socket.
- Before installing a light bulb into the socket, ensure that all electrical contact surfaces are free of corrosion or dirt.
Before installing the light bulb, note the positions of the two retaining pins on the bulb. They will likely be at different heights on the bulb, to ensure that the bulb is installed correctly. If, when installing the bulb, it does not turn easily, do not force it. Remove the bulb and rotate it 180 degrees from its former position, then reinsert it into the bulb socket.
- Insert the light bulb into the socket and, while depressing the bulb, twist it 1 / 8 turn clockwise until the two pins on the light bulb are properly engaged in the socket.
- To ensure that the replacement bulb functions properly, activate the applicable switch to illuminate the bulb which was just replaced. If the replacement light bulb does not illuminate, either it too is faulty or there is a problem in the bulb circuit or switch. Correct if necessary.
- If applicable, install the socket and bulb assembly into the rear of the lens housing; otherwise, install the lens over the bulb.
Side Marker Light
See Figures 5, 6 and 7
- Disengage the bulb and socket assembly from the lens housing.
- Gently grasp the light bulb and pull it straight out of the socket.
- Before installing the light bulb into the socket, ensure that all electrical contact surfaces are free of corrosion or dirt.
- Line up the base of the light bulb with the socket, then insert the light bulb into the socket until it is fully seated.
- To ensure that the replacement bulb functions properly, activate the applicable switch to illuminate the bulb which was just replaced. If the replacement light bulb does not illuminate, either it too is faulty or there is a problem in the bulb circuit or switch. Correct as necessary.
- Install the socket and bulb assembly into the lens housing.
Rear Turn Signal, Brake and Parking Lights
See Figures 8 through 12
- Most rear lamps can be accessed from inside the trunk. Open trunk and look for access past the carpet.
- By pulling back the carpet or removing the large plastic carpet retaining nuts, you can see the back of the light assembly.
- If you can reach the bulb from inside the trunk, you don't need to remove the lens assembly to replace the bulbs. But, if you can't reach the bulb and connector assembly, you may need to remove the lens assembly.
- If necessary, remove the tail light panel screws and the lens assembly.
- You can now simply turn the bulb connector assembly counterclockwise and remove it from the lens housing.
To remove the bulb, turn the twist lock socket (at the rear of the housing) counterclockwise1/4turn, then remove the socket with the bulb; replace the bulb if defective.To install:
- Install the bulb in the socket.
- Check that the connector is properly connected to the bulb and try the lights. Don't assemble everything until you are certain the bulb works. If the bulb doesn't work, check the grounds and use a 12 volt test light to make certain you have power to the bulb.
- When you're sure the lights work, install the bulb into the lens housing.
- If removed, install the lens housing and carpeting.
Rear Side Marker Light Bulb
See Figures 13, 14, 15 and 16
- If equipped, remove the side marker lens assembly retaining screws. The lens may be secured with Torx® screws, depending upon the year of your vehicle.
- If there are no lens retaining screws, use a flat-bladed tool wrapped in cloth to carefully pry the lens off, to access the bulbs.
- Pull the lamp assembly away from the side of the vehicle to access the light bulb and connector.
- Turn the bulb and socket to disengage the lens retainers, then remove the bulb and socket from the lamp.
- Pull the bulb straight out of the socket and replace if necessary.
- Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure.
High-Mount Brake Light
See Figures 17, 18 and 19
Depending upon the vehicle, the center high-mount brake light may be accessed from outside the vehicle, through the trunk, or through the passenger compartment.
- Remove the center high-mount bracket light lens retaining screws.
- Remove the lens in order to get to the bulbs.
- Carefully pull the bulb away from its retaining clip contacts.
- Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Before installing the lens, make sure the brake light operates properly by having an assistant depress the brake pedal.
License Plate Lights
See Figures 20, 21 and 22
- Remove the license plate light retaining screws.
- Carefully lower the license plate light assembly. Disengage the bulb and socket from the lens.
- Carefully pull the bulb straight out of the socket.
- Installation is the reverse of the removal procedure. Before raising the assembly into position, turn on the headlights, and check that the license plate bulb(s) illuminate.
See Figure 23
The trunk, or cargo area, bulb is replaced simply by pulling it straight out of the socket.