Replaced brake light bulb. Can't get plastic fasteners to seat.
The fasteners are made of black plastic and are about 1 inch long. they are designed to fit through a hole in the lens assembly and then a hole in the bracket on the body. They have an end that is split into three sections to allow it to compress and fit through the hole on the body bracket. I have tried to push them back into place with no success. I am afraid that a hammer might not be the best approach. Any suggestions as to how they can be put back in would be appreciated. thanks
Re: Replaced brake light bulb. Can't get plastic...
Probably a little late for you but I ran into the same problem. The plastic shaft that is split into three actually slides up when pulled apart from the mushroom cap. This helps get the shaft back into the hole. Similar to placing an anchor into a wall.
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1) Open trunk
2) Remove small round plastic access panel with a flat tip screw driver by prying open
3) Remove flat tip screw holding tail light assembly
4) Remove tail light assembly by pulling outward, careful not to break plastic guide/nub
5) Disconnect wiring connectors
6) Remove plastic housing access plate on back of tail light assembly by twisting/turning tabs until they click and then lift access plate from tail light assembly
7) When viewing the the bulbs, the turn signal bulb is the bottom left bulb
8) Install in reverse order, ensuring tail light seal seats properly during installation
The procedure is as follows:--
Working from the trunk: 1. locate the 2 retaining knobs (doohickeys that you fasten the trunk cargo net to) for the Hard plastic trunk liner near to and inside of the rear light assembly. Unscrew the knobs. 2. Pulling back the plastic liner, locate the 4 studs (threaded posts). 3 will be located vertically in a line, the fourth, outboard and lower. Using a 10mm wrench(small), remove 3 of the 4 nuts fastening the light assembly to the body. DO NOT remove the lowest nut of the 3 in a vertical line, as this does not fasten the light assembly. DON'T LOSE THE NUTS OR WASHERS.
Working from the rear of the car: 1. Hand pull the light assembly from the car body. 2. Remove bad lamp. Twist lamp socket and pull out of assembly. Pull lamp and replace with #3057. Reassemble: 1. Test light prior to reassembly. 2. Ensure Gasket material for assembly and studs is intact, this keeps water/dust out and dampens movement (prevents rattling and increases the life of lamp). 3. Use Reverse instruction for reassembly. --------------The taillight/backup light/license plate light assembly is separate from the brake light/turn signal light assembly on the Buick LeSabre. No matter what rear bulb you have to replace, you must access the trunk area to do so.Open the trunk of the Buick LeSabre.Locate 7 nuts underneath the trunk lid (3 on each end of the trunk lid and 1 in the middle). Remove each one using a nut driver.Manipulate the trunk lid at chest level and gently pull the rear taillight assembly slightly away from the trunk lid.Locate the burned out bulb sockets and then remove the bulbs. Insert the new bulbs into the socket and test by turning on the lights before reassembling.Replace the tail light assembly by aligning the studs inside the predrilled holes in the trunk lid. Refasten the 7 nuts.Remove the cargo net if applicable to replace the brake and/or turn signal light.Unscrew the plastic wingnut that the cargo net is attached to. Pull back the trunk liner.Remove the 2 plastic wingnuts under the trunk liner.Pull the brake light assembly outward from the back of the LeSabre.Locate the socket of the burned out bulb and then turn counter clockwise 1/4-inch to release it from the assembly.Remove the old bulb from the socket and replace with a new one. Test the light before reassembling.Thanks. Keep updated for any more query. You can rate this
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Open the hood. Remove the black plastic grill assssembly ( Laying horizontal between the radiator and front bumper). There will be a couple of plastic screws (or some other fastening system) for this part remove and set aside. There is another black plastic grill assembly standing vertical. Remove similar fastening devices and set aside. IF DURING THIS ENTIRE PROCESS there is ANY part that does not come off freely after removing a fastening device (plastic screw, metal screws, hex bolts, bolts) LOOK FOR A PLASTIC CLIP - unclip that as a final step in each of these processes. To continue, Each headlight is attached by three hex or phillips screws.- Remove them and set asside. There is a major clip attaching the headlight at the top. Unattach this and gently remove the entire light housing. The housing will be the unit containing all parts high beam, low beams, side lights, and blinkers. It is a nice tidy unit. To continue, look for a black plastic removable panel on the back allowing access to the back of the bulbs. Remove the 5 screws and set asside. You now have access to the bulbs. The bulbs are attached by a solid plastic clip. Grab the back of the plastic bulb housing and turn about a half of an inch to remove the bulb. Unattach the clip from the wirering harness and you will have the bulb removed. CAREFULLY remove the new bulb making sure not to touch the glass portion of the bulb with hands directly. Skin oils or other debris is not recommended to get on the bulb. Deliberately refasten the bulb wiring harness and replace to the back of the reflection housing. Reassemble all devices. Rinse wash repeat for the other side :)
This seems complex for the task at hand and it is. But from the perspective of repairing a front end after a minor collision is is wonderful. Enjoy...
As there are three break lights on the Tiburon (2 sides, 1 centre top) I will post solutions for all of them.
2 side brake lights:
open the hatch, inside on each side of the boot you will find a small carpeted door. take it out and reach through until your hand is directly behind the light cavity. Unscrew the cap to the light cavity and there will be a fastener holding the light bulb firmly in place. to remove fastener push it in and then move it to either left or right depending on which side your changing over, release it and move it out of the way. pull out bulb. to replace repeat these steps but in reverse. Remember it is very important to replace fastener back so it is holding bulb firmly in place
1 centre brake light:
unscrew the base of the light carriage or unclip - depending on make/model. Unclip fastener from bulb. You will then be able to replace the light bulb with ease. Remember it is very important to replace fastener back so it is holding bulb firmly in place.
Hope this helps,
Do not touch light bulbs with bare fingers as it inhibits performance and your bulb may not work. Gloves should be worn at all times when dealing with glass.
are you reolaicng the high mount stop light bulbs or the tailamp bulbs?
Access for the tailalmp bulbs is by removing the plastic access apnels on each side (4 inches x 10 inches). The twist the wire connector about a 1/4 turn to release the connector from the lamp body. Then repalce the bulb. Some are pull out, some are twist & pull. I think it is #1157.
Tail light replacement is not as hard as it seems.
Tools needed:flat head screwdriver and a deep 5/32 socket(a pair of pliers will work).
Step 1: open trunk and pull back truck liner at tail light.There is a small button clip on liner.Use screwdriver to pop up the center of button clip,pull clip out of hole.
Step 2:You will see a black wire attached to the body of car with 2 white clips.Use screwdriver to pop clips off of studs.
Step 3:Remove the nuts from the studs and pull tail light assembly straight back away from car.The outer side of the light just snaps in and out of place.
Step 4:Turn light socket counter clockwise 1/3 turn and pull out.
Step 5:Pull bad bulb straight out and replace.Reverse steps to reassemble.
genuine answer, just replaced reversing lamp on my 2002 premacy,had same problem as you,I went to a mazda garage who told me, the correct method,forget #1 solution, you cannot access the bulb's
from inside the boot . FIRST REMOVE THE 2 PHILLIPS SCREWS
ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE LEN'S CLUSTERN THERE ARE 2 PROTRUDING
PUSH IN CLIP FASTENER'S, (THESE CANNOT BEE SEEN, AS THEY STICK OUT FROM THE REAR PLATE OF THE LIGHT ASSEMBLEY,) JUST PULL THE LIGHT ASSEMBLEY AWAY FROM THE BODY, (MINE WAS A BIT STIFF ,BUT IT CAME AWAY,) THIS GIVES TOU ACCESS TO ALL
THE BULB'S, IT IS STRAIGHT FORWARD TO REPLACE LIGHT CLUSTER,JUST PUSH THE 2
(PLASTIC CLIP FASTENERS,) IN TO THERE RESPECTIVE HOLE'S THEN REPLACE THE PHILLIPS RETAING SCREWS, JOB DONE,