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Re: Tail light blinker replacement
Most tail light housings use the same approach. The bulb is removed from the housing by twisting the back of the bulf where the wires are. Usually the bulb itself has a rubber back and turning it about a quarter turn counterclockwise (remember lefty=loosey; righty = tighty) will release the bulb it from the taillight housing. Take the bulb with you when you go for a replacement to be sure you get the right one. The bulb will only fit one way into its socket and the socket will only fit one way into the housing.
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It may be all one sealed unit. Newer cars have headlight , blinker and parking light all in one housing. If the headlight is out you change the bulb by unscrewing the bulb capsule from the back. If you are trying to replace it because the lens is damaged or cracked, you will have to replace the whole unit.
In those years of chevy trucks they have circuit board in the tail light assembly. You will need to replace the circuit board ( the thing the bulbs push into) you can perchase one at your local auto parts store.
Open the tail gate, and you will see on the side of the tail light housing two screws that you will need to unscrew in order to take the housing out. If it is the tail light ,that is on the actual gate, open the tail gate and remove the plastic bed liner there are few of screws that need to be removed. Hope this helps you fix it.
You go through the trunk and on either side is the light housing unit that you remove 4 nuts from, pull out and there will be the individual bulbs to be replaced.
In order to replace the light bulbs you will have to remove the entire rear light housing unit. In order to do this you must do the following:
1.Pop the trunk.
2.Loosen the trunk lining in order to reach the 4 nuts that are located on the right or left side and hold the light housing in place.
3.You loosen the trunk lining fabric by removing two small, black plastic fasteners that anchor the trunk lining fabric. These either screw loose or you will need to pop off using a blunt- nosed pliers ( a flat head screwdriver works in a pinch) by first pulling the square bit out (towards the direction of the back seat,) followed by the circular components.
4.Pull the fabric loose on either the left or right side to expose the 4 nuts holding the light assembly in place.
5.Now, look for the four gold colored washer and nut assemblies surrounding the tail-light assembly. Find yourself a 7/16 socket and remove those bad boys. The tail-light itself should be able to pop- out, otherwise you've missed a washer- nut.
6.Ease the tail- light assembly off of it's perch on the car and hold it red- side down. This will expose the wiring and "turn- locks" for the blinker and tail- light.
7.Remove the bulbs from the assembly by turning the turn- locks in the direction (counter- clockwise) indicated by the plastic molding, and pulling upwards, off of the tail- light assembly.
8.Pull the bulb from the turn- lock with a moderate tug of the hand.
On the Buick, your tail light lens are smooth with no screws accessable from the outside. So, open the trunk and you will see either cardboard or carpeted panels surroounding the trunk. Pull these away and you will see some plastic wingnuts (3-4 each side). Remove the wingnuts, and then pull the light towards the rear from the outside. Your wires and sockets will thrn be accessible. Usually depress the lock and give the socket a 1/4 turn and pull out. Replace the bulb, reinstall in the reverse order.
Hope this helps you.
Here's the step by step procedure from the beginning.
Carefully remove the black one inch wide plastic molding strip that runs along the interior side of the tail light. This can be pried off carefully without breaking the plastic clips that hold it in place.
Using a 10mm socket, remove the two bolts that you see which secure the tail light housing.
The tail light housing is also held in place with three or four plastic clips which can be broken rather easily if you don't do this next step carefully. Begin prying the plastic tail light using a plastic putty knife or screwdriver. The top clip comes out pretty easily and so does the bottom one.
On a cold winter day, the middle clip is the one that can break rather easily so gently rock the tail light or wait for warm weather when the plastic isn't brittle.
Once the tail light "bucket" is removed it's a simple matter to replace the bulbs.