Changing A Burned Out Taillight Is A Quick Job

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If you notice that your taillight has burned out, you need to replace the light right away. Your taillight helps other drivers see you in the dark and keeps you safe when you are out on the road. You only need a few basic supplies and between ten and fifteen free minutes to change out your taillight.

Remove The Lens Cover

The first thing you will need to do is get out a Phillips head screwdriver. You will need to use it when removing the screws that hold the lens cover for your taillight in place. The screws may be located on the outside or inside of your car. If you don't see any screws on the outside, open up your trunk. The screws to remove the lens are probably inside.

Check The Wires

Before checking the light bulb, check the wires. Faulty wires can cause your taillight to not work properly. If you see any breaks in the wiring, you can fix it. You will just need to use a wire cutter to cut the wire and strip off a couple inches of the protective covering. Then you will need to twist the wire back together and use electrical tape to hold everything in place. You can also just purchase and install new wiring if you don't want to fix it.

Change Out The Bulb

If the filament is broken and appears dark, you need to remove and replace the bulb. You will need to turn the bulb counterclockwise to remove it.

Before you put in a new bulb, be sure to check out the socket. Water can easily make its way into your taillight and cause corrosion. If this has happened, use a stiff metal brush to remove any rust that has built up inside of the socket before you screw in the new light bulb. You will need to turn the bulb clockwise to screw it back in.

Make sure it is secure before you replace the lens cover. Have someone turn on the car and make sure the light works. If it does not work, screw it in tighter or readjust the wires.

Secure The Lens Cover

Once the light is working, you can reattach the lens cover. Make sure that it is screwed tightly in place. You will need to turn the screws clockwise to secure it in place.

After the cover is back on, you are good to hit the road again. Talk to your local automotive experts, such as Perfection Automotive Services, for more information.