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Rear Light Bulb Replacement

HOW?? do you get into the Rear Brake/Turn Signal/Tail Light Assembly to Change the Bulbs?? There are No Cut-Outs in the Trunk Lid for access. Do I have to Completely Remove The Lens Assembly just to change the Bulbs??

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  • Rick Wymer
    Rick Wymer Jan 10, 2009

    Found the answer from another Post. Guess I have to remove the Housing Assembly Screws, to change the Bulbs...boy would I like to have a Chat with the Engineer that dreamed that one up, lol...

  • Rick Wymer
    Rick Wymer Jan 11, 2009

    UPDATE:
    If You are the Owner of a 2001 Buick LeSabre (FWD) with the Trunk Lid mounted Tail/Brake/License Plate Lights, You May want to Read this-
    To Replace Any of These Bulbs, You MUST Remove ALL 7 Nuts that Hold the Entire Rear-Light Assemble on. This Assembly is all 1-Piece. You do NOT need to Unplug the Wiring. You do NOT need to Remove the 2-Screw Nuts that Hold The Trunk Key Latch on.
    Reassembly is Just the Reverse EXCEPT make sure that the "Wiring Grommet" is in the Hole as You start to Put it all Back together...
    The Bulb Holders come off by Turning 1/4 Turn Counter-clockwise.
    Have Fun!!



  • kfphillips Jan 12, 2009

    Agreed. My neighbor is 80 and needed my help getting a bulb in her 2004 LeSabre replaced. When I went over to do the job, I couldn't believe what I found. Had to remove the entire assembly to replace a simple bulb! My Honda has a simple access door which can be opened with no tools and the bulb/socket assembly simply twists out for R&R. Takes 5 minutes. What putz in GM engineering designed this Rhub Goldberg assembly? What GM engineering manager approved it? And GM wonders what happened to their customer loyalty.....

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Unfortunately you will have to remove the assembly to get to the bulbs

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