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Need to replace a tail light (not turn signal or brake light) on my 1999 buick lesabre. Do I have to remove the 8 nuts under trunk lid and pull the whole tail light assembly away from trunk lid to get at the bulb?

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Yes, its a crazy design but you have it right remove them and the whole asm comes out, i replace all the bulbs when i take those apart but you dont have to its just that when one bulb blows the rest arent far behind, hope this is helpful, good luck.

Posted on Sep 13, 2010

  • stacy Nov 18, 2010

    The tag light is even worse. I hope to never own another Buick. They ****

  • harry a
    harry a Dec 21, 2013

    Yes thanks I know that and i've changed four of the bulbs and i still have the same problem.

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