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Re: Replacing brake lights on a 1998 Buick LeSabre
The covering often is just a press fit on... then remove that... look on each side to make sure there are not any screws... then the bulbs can be replaced from there.... or you may want to climb into the trunk and look up... you may be able to change them from there
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there is a seprate ground that mounts to the frame of your car near the light usualy in trunk in between the rear speakers locate and make shure the conection is good.if that dos not solve it on the pasengers side rear light check bulbs for detereated ends if thay are then replace.this shuold solve you problem
There are usually only 2 ways to replace tail lights -- either unscrew the lens from the outside if there are screws showing, or, (more likely with this older model), open trunk, find the access panel and remove it, then reach in and unscrew the light socket by turning 1/2 turn counterclockwise.
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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From inside the trunk, behind the carpet that covers the back of the
taillight. You will need to remove the retaining nuts.
The tail light assembly is attached to the Trunk Lid itself. You must
use a deep socket and remove 7 nuts.. 3 from each side and one in the
center. The entire back end assembly will come free. All bulbs are the
same P161-1a (P161 1 AMP) they are the size of your small finger nail
and not easy to find. Try to buy 2-3 before you start the job. I
thought I had 1 bulb burned out, but it ended up being 3. Give the bulb
sockets an 1/8 turn clockwise to release it, then pull the bulb
straight out. Reverse the order for assembly. They look like little
flash bulbs from the old 120 flim cameras.
i had this same problem and i alleviated it by replacing the column switch which isnt an easy task and I used a manual (which can be obtained at the library for free or you can buy one at your loccal book or auto parts shop)
If i remember correctly the entire rear light assembly must be remove in order to access these bulbs. This is true if the license plate is on the trunk. If this is the case then there are nuts on the inside of the trunk that must be removed.