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Brake/tail light when driving at night with the headlights on the right brake light would not work..thinking it must be the bulb I replaced & now the tail light wont work (right side) & brake light will only work when head lights are not on ...any suggestions???

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The rear running lights aren't on the same circuit as the headlight(s). To get the car legal for
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Here's the manual on how to replace the headlight:

1993 Buick Century
HEADLIGHT REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
Non-European Style
See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
  1. Remove the headlamp trim panel attaching screws.

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Fig. 1: Remove the headlamp trim panel attaching screws

  1. Remove the headlamp bulb retaining screws. Do not touch the two headlamp aiming screws, (at the top and side of the retaining ring), or the headlamp aim will have to be readjusted.


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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the headlamp trim panel assembly from it's mounting location

  1. Using a screwdriver, remove the retaining ring screws.
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Fig. 3: Using a screwdriver, remove the retaining ring screws

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Fig. 4: Once the retaining ring screws are removed, the ring can be pulled away

  1. Pull the bulb and ring forward then separate them. Unplug the electrical connector from the rear of the bulb.


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Fig. Fig. 5: Pull the bulb out and unplug the electrical connector
To install:

  1. Plug the new bulb into the electrical connector.
  2. Install the bulb into the retaining ring and install the ring and bulb.
  3. Install the trim panel.
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