How to Change the taillight bulb 2002 Aerio standard model
There doesn't seem to be access from inside the car, I noticed two hex head screws holding down the bezel for the tail light, brake light, reverse light assembly. These screws are visible when the hatch is open.
Usually the bulb sockets are accessed from inside the car on other vehicles I have owned. Is Suzuki different?
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very simple, open the tailgate you will find 2 torx head screws , undo them and then pull the whole taillight unit out the twist the light socket to the left to access the bulb you need a push in bulb the repeat the process to in stall the unit!
If there's no screw heads outside, it only means they are accessable from inside the trunk by removing the carpeted panels that just pull out. Don't pull too hard and break or bend them. The bulb is inside a housing you have to twist and pull to get to the bulb. Remove the bulbs and put the new ones in.
open the rear hatch,there are two screws holding each taillight assembly in,remove the two screws for the side you want off,pull out on side of lens assembly where the screws were,un hook the outer side when you swing it out,
you have to access the lamp housing by removing the three screws holding it to the body. The screws are likely located beneath weatherstripping that you can olny access when the door is open, once the house is detached, the bulbs are easy to change, gently rotate the rubber seals counter-clockwise until they pop out of the housing and check which bulbs are bad. Then just replace the burnt out bulbs and reattach the housing.
open the tailgate on the lip right there on left and right sides of the bed you will see screws that hold the taillights in once the tail lights are removed twist the bulb holder that the wires are connected to
Pop your rear tailgate. Look inside for an access panel(s). In SUV's they're usually right behind the light assemblies on the inside. They'll either have screws or pop-outs. You may even have to remove part of the interior panel.
Once the panel is removed, access the light panel from behind and remove bulbs.
Open the rear hatch and remove the two taillight mounting screws. These screws are located behind two plastic flaps that are flush fitting and part of the tail light housing. You will need a small flat blade screwdriver to put under the edge of the flap nearest the light. Pry gently (but persistently) and the flap will open to reveal the screw head underneath. (The hinge of the flap is on the side nearest the hatch opening.) Remove the screws with a phillips head screwdriver or an 8mm socket. Now comes the tricky part. Wiggle/pry the taillight housing as straight back as you can. Keep pulling/wiggling until the forward clip releases. Once it does you will be able to access the bulbs by rotating the bulb holders counterclockwise. Pull the bulb straight up out of its socket. Replace with the new bulb. Note how the forward spear point clip fits into its socket at the forward outboard edge of the housing. Fit the clip and push forward on the housing until you can hear the clip snap into place. Replace the screws and fold back the flaps. You're done.
If you're asking how do you change a taillight bulb, then follow this procedure:
Open the trunk lid.
Disconnect the connectors from the taillights (taillight bulb connectors are visible by looking inside the trunk at the back of the tail lamps.) There may be an interior trunk trim panel that you have to take off but in most cases its just a series of thumb screws that hold them in.
Brake Lights/Taillights: 21/5 W
Rear Turn Signal Light: 21 W
Back-up Light: 21 W
Rear Side Marker Light: 5 W
Turn the bulb sockets 45 º counterclockwise to remove the bulbs.
If you're removing the taillamps with the bumper off there are 3 nuts and screws that hold the taillight to the rear panel of the car that have to come off from the inside of the trunk. Remove the nuts and screws, then remove the taillight.
If you are still looking for the resolution, it's really pretty simple. It is highly recommended that you remove one light assembly at a time, thus allowing you to have a good guide when repositioning the assembly back on the vehicle body. Yes, the only way to get to the burned out bulb in the taillight is to remove the whole darn thing! The bulb burns out every 4-5 months, so I have become good at it...Here goes:
1. Open trunk. Look for small (3" diameter) cutouts in the fabric panel in the trunk liner. They are identical and appear next to the taillight assemblies, on the side, not behind the taillight.
2. Gently use a flat blade screwdriver and pry them open. These cutouts are attached to the inner trunk liner fabric, so be gentle.
3. Notice the phillips head screw inside the opening. Unscrew it slowly, making sure it doesn't drop between the chassis and the trunk liner. Remove the screw.
4. Place soft towel on the outside of the car under the taillight assembly, to prevent scratching the car bumper.
5. Gently grab both sides of the taillight assembly from the outside and pull away from the car (rear direction. Be careful not to pull too hard, or the wiring harness behind the assembly may break.
6. You can now access all lamp in the taillight assembly. Change the bulbs as needed. Also, if you can vacuum or clean the dirt on the chassis as well as on the back side of the taillight assembly, you'll feel better later :-)
7. Placing the taillight assembly back in its place is a bit tricky. It seems to go back easily, but the rubber lining nearest to the trunk opening and where the phillips head screw is, must be placed exactly right or water will leak behind the assembly.
8. Screw in the phillips head screw, but don't overtighten it. You will need to open it every 4-5 months to replace another bulb (its an Audi-VW plan to sell more bulbs).
9. Snap the trunk liner caps back in place and voila, you have done it.