Wow $35?? What the hell is wrong with those people ..... Anyways, it's NOT hard at all to change the tail light bulbs. I bought both bulbs for about $10 at Pepboys and it took me literally like 2 mins to change them.
yup super easy, if you look where the lights should be theres is a plastic door remove it and it will allow you access to the lights, just figure out which one would be the brake light twist it to release it and pull it out and change the light..no longer than a 2 min job..
1. the light that flashes when you unlock the doors and the reverse light are the same bulb. the break light is different. wish advanced auto parts knew that when i explained what i needed.
2. i didn't realize there was the plastic panel that you just take off by hand, and thought i needed to take off the black plastic on the side of the tail light casing (actually is part of the tail light) and i cracked a small piece of it.
either way, if the dealership was gonna charge $35 per, i still saved $70 (the store didn't have the map light either so waiting to replace that one).
3. stupid screw on the trunk liner fell out of my hand in the driveway - no idea where it is, but doesn't seem that important. but...my anal retentiveness requires me to ask - how could i get a replacement?
^^the lights that flash when you unlock are not the same as the reverse. The parking/tails/tags are way smaller 194 bulbs, and the reverse is 7440. Btw, brake light is 7443 (except for high-mount = 7440 again)... just so you know for future reference.
IMPORTANT - bulb install direction = even light output
Just noticed this right now on my car. Bulb direction/install matters a lot, for even lighting! Fixed it right up like so:
FACT: These are dual-filiment bulbs. (17 in the diagram) So they have 2 'spring things' that light up inside the bulb (filiments). One FAT (strong/stop) on a straight wire pair, closer to the base, and one THIN (night/on) spring toward the head of the bulb on a curved wire pair. Take a look at the photo closely, and your bulbs too.
1. In order to get EVEN lgiht output, you have to make sure that when your lights are on (Night time, headlights and all) the THIN filiments inside the bulb light up on all 4 rear lights. These are a bit weaker, for constant night light.
2. When you press the brake, the FAT filiment should light up, brighter/intense during braking. (I used a brick to hold the brake down when I checked the rear lights. (Have your headlights off for this, helps to see)
Make sure that the straight pair FAT filiment inside the bulb face the same way as the click-thing in the bulb-mount (6 on diagram).
Due to the mounting fixture the lamps cannot be seated any other way except with the filaments vertical. It may be a little awkward trying to fit the lamp assembly into the housing but keep working at it until it seats correctly.
When it is seated correctly can look at the lamp from the outside of the lens and confirm that the filament is vertical. This helps extend the lamp because forces from going over bumps, etc will not damage the filament as much.
so my bulb fell off the bracket and is sitting there. How can I take the bulb out or do I have to take apart the whole tail light? What a nuisance if I do?
Honestly? I'd get something stiff but flexible. Put something sticky on the end and try and pull it up that way. Otherwise you're going to have to take the housing off unless you can move the car around to shake the bulb out
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