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Re: replace a taillight
The bulbs are held by a round carrier inside that comes out when you twist it about 90 degrees ccw. The lenses are bolted in from behind. You should be able to reach back on either side of the car in the rearmost areas such as where the jack is held on the left and where the rear A/C is on the right side on late models at least.
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follow the steps and fix it. God bless you
Determine what type of taillight bulb you need to purchase.
The 1157 is used in all vehicles in which the brake light and turning
signal use the same bulb. The 1156 is used when those two lights are not
used by the same bulb.
Access your taillights through the rear of your vehicle,
typically through the trunk. Pickups and many SUV's have an access panel
in the bottom of the bed area. Consult your owner's manual if you are
unable to determine how to access the taillights.
Unscrew the socket to replace the bulb, or simply unscrew the bulb itself.
Remove the packaging from around the new taillight bulb.
Grasp the replacement bulb with a cotton towel or hankie. The oils on
your skin can cause the bulb to blister and burst, drastically
shortening its lifespan.
Secure the replacement taillight bulb in its proper location and test to ensure it functions properly.
Open the trunk, peel back the trunk liner to expose wiring connector and taillight housing plastic retainers, disconnect wiring connector and loosen plastic retainers and remove the taillight assembly. See diagram in section 7 of your manual to figure out which bulbs to replace if needed. !!!Don't touch the bulb socket unless you're sure the car's electrical systems are switched off.
You'll need a phillips head screwdriver and possibly a needle-nose pliers.
your tailgate and look near the taillight assembly. With the tailgate
open, you'll see 2 phillips head screws holding the taillight assembly
in place. Remove the screws and pull out and toward the side of the
car. You'll see the wiring harness that plugs into the taillight body
and three plastic disks that have a raised plastic tab. Twist the tab
counter-clockwise for about 1/4 turn and the disk/socket will come out
with the bulb attached. The socket may be difficult to twist by hand,
so you may need a needle-nose pliers to grip the tab lengthwise. I
suggest replacing all of the bulbs in the assembly at once, even if
they're not all bad so that you won't have to do it again when another
bulb inevitably burns out.
After you have the bulb(s) replaced, reassemble the taillight and reattach in the reverse order of disassembly.
According to the owner's manual for 2009 on pages 464-65: (1) open the liftgate (2) remove the two fasteners from the inboard side of the taillight housing. (3) insert a trim stick between body panel and outboard side of the taillight housing with one hand and grasp the flange on the inboard side of the taillight housing with the other. use the trim stick and hand pressure together to disengage the taillight housing from the vehicle. (4) rotate the bulb's electrical connector 1/4 turn counterclockwise (lefty loosey) and remove it from taillight housing. (5) remove the bulb from the connector socket and install replacement bulb. (6) install the bulb and connector assembly into the taillight housing and rotate the connector 1/4 clockwise to lock it in place (7) reinstall the taillight housing and fasteners. don't be surprised if you crack a fastener or two. i hope this helps--good luck. jono
I own a 97 LS as well and I was going through passenger taillight bulbs too. I found that the water that drained in the channel around the trunk was deteriorating the connectors on the taillight. I replaced the circuit board (black plastic piece you plug the lights into) and also used a can of Electical Connector Cleaner on both the plug to the circuit board and the socket the lights plug into. Lights have lasted now 5 months without burning out.
If you're asking how do you change a taillight bulb, then follow this procedure:
Open the trunk lid.
Disconnect the connectors from the taillights (taillight bulb connectors are visible by looking inside the trunk at the back of the tail lamps.) There may be an interior trunk trim panel that you have to take off but in most cases its just a series of thumb screws that hold them in.
Brake Lights/Taillights: 21/5 W
Rear Turn Signal Light: 21 W
Back-up Light: 21 W
Rear Side Marker Light: 5 W
Turn the bulb sockets 45 º counterclockwise to remove the bulbs.
If you're removing the taillamps with the bumper off there are 3 nuts and screws that hold the taillight to the rear panel of the car that have to come off from the inside of the trunk. Remove the nuts and screws, then remove the taillight.
go to the trunk, remove the plastic nut holding the trunk interior skin in place (the nuts are the plastic that the trunk net hangs on), the skin will pull away with a snap after that. Remove three bolts from the back of the taillight, the taillight assembley will slid out from the exterior of the car. Remove the wire assembly from the taillight, replace the bulb and put it back into the taillight. SLide the taillight assembly back in place, but the three bolts back on, snap the trunk skin into place, screw the plastic trunk net bolt back in.