Fixing Brake Lights

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated May 25, 2010)

Fixing the brake lights on your car isn't difficult. However, you will need the following items before beginning this project. If you don't have some of these, you can pick them up at any auto repair store.

  • Soft cleaning cloths
  • Soft rags
  • Automotive light bulbs
  • Complete screw driver set.

For safety reasons, you should work in an area that is free of water, and that has adequate lighting. You are going to be working with (albeit in an indirect way) electricity, and it is better to be safe than sorry.

  1. Remove cover. Locate the screws holding the brake light cover on the car and remove them. This cover may held on by tabs, knobs, or screws. Set aside all of these parts in one location so that you don't lose anything.
  2. Remove bulb. Unscrew the proper light bulb. It should be behind the red plastic. You might need to push in and turn the bulb at the same time.
  3. Clean and replace. Using the soft rags first, followed by your soft cleaning cloths, clean the connection socket and the area immediately around the socket. After cleaning, screw in the new light bulb.
  4. Replace cover. Replace the cover of the light using the same screws you removed in step 1.
  5. Test. Start the vehicle and have a friend stand behind the vehicle. Step on your brake a few times to makes sure it lights up.

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