How To: Replacing a Tail Light Bulb
March 11, 2006 – 5:41 pm by Dan Volkens
Filed under Featured, How-Tos
Replacing a burnt out tail light bulb is very straightforward and simple. The hard part is knowing when one has burned out! Make a regular habit to check all of the exterior lights on your car and you’ll catch those dead bulbs as soon as possible. It just might help you avoid a frendly ($$) reminder from your local authorities. ;)
Step 1 of 4
Today, we will be replacing th
e tail light bulb on the driver’s side. Open up your hatch/trunk. On the left side of the trunk, you will find a small door that hides the Monsoon amp (if installed). Turn the two clamps (circled in red) on the door to open it:
Step 2 of 4
With the door open, you now have access to the tray that holds all of the tail light bulbs. There are two tabs on each side of the tray that secure it to the tail light. Carefully reach inside of the tail light and lightly squeeze on the outside of each tab, releasing the tray from the tail light.
Step 3 of 4
The bulb that we are replacing is circled in red in the photo below. To remove it, first rotate it counterclockwise to release it from the tray. Then carefully remove that lil’ bugger. Notice the burntage circled in the dead bulb closeup.
Step 4 of 4
To insert the new bulb, simply reverse the previous steps. For your reference, the model number for this bulb is 5008 (or R10W) and make sure that it is single contact. Congratulations, you’re done! Now that was easy, wasn’t it?