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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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  • visualverses Jan 16, 2009

    That what I did. Only two small hex head screws hold the tail light bezel in place. This was an outside, hatch open job. Thanks a lot.

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You have to unscrew one or two screws (don't remember) to remove the whole light assembly (need the hatch or trunk open to access screws). The solution is work from outside the car not inside.

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