The best solution I can give you if you are unfamiliar with this is to take your car to a Advance Auto or Parts America since if you buy the bulb from a retail location they will install it free of charge.
This also applies to:
Batteries Wiper Blades Head Lights Air Filters and a few other quick jobs. Simply ask a sales tech what all they offer for free and I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised it is free ;).
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The steps to replace the brake light bulb on a 1996 Toyota Corolla:
The bulb needed is type 1157. After opening the trunk you need to remove the trunk liner on the side (right side for this example)where the brake light bulb is out. The plastic capture grommets hold the liner in place. Once the grommets are removed there is a nut (10mm) that is a bright brass-like color. This needs to be removed. Then on the outside of the trunk on the tail-light lens left side there are two nuts black in color (10mm) they need to be removed. Now the fun starts .... you needto slide the whole assembly back. You will note two black plastic posts on the rear quarter-panel, do not remove these ... these are used to hold the tail-light assembly in place since on the inside of the tail light assembly there are two rod-like protrusions that slide into these brackets. So.... remove the screws and wiggle the assembly back and it "should" slide back so that you can get at the bulb socket hat you twist to remove from the assembly. Now the bulb is visible and you reverse the order of steps to get it all back together .... a miserable design!
You should not have to remove the tail light to change the bulb. Most vehicles allow access to bulbs through the trunk. Carefully move the carpet or whatever material inside the trunk area where the lights are located
1. Locate the tail
light on the rear of your vehicle. They are located on each corner and
light up when you apply your brakes or turn signal. 2. If applicable, remove any mounting screws on the outside of the tail light.
3. Open the trunk of your vehicle and locate the back of the tail light.
4. Remove the socket and bulb from the back of the tail light by turning and pulling.
Inside the trunk, behind the tail light, you will see a plastic cover. Open the cover and remove the screw securing the tail light assembly. Then you will have to take a flat object and gently pry on the actual assembly where the assembly meets the body of the car. Use a plastic object as you don't want to wreck the paint. There will be four clips on the tail light assembly holding it into place.
Inside the trunk, behind the tail light, you will see a plastic cover.
Open the cover and remove the screw securing the tail light assembly.
Then you will have to take a flat object and gently pry on the actual
assembly where the assembly meets the body of the car. Use a plastic
object as you don't want to wreck the paint. There will be four clips
on the tail light assembly holding it into place.
I do not know exactly how your car is setup, but usually there are only two ways to access the rear bulbs. One is inside from the trunk, there may be a small access port in the trunk liner behind the bulbs, you remove this access port and reach in to get at the bulb. The other, more difficult, open the trunk, look for a couple of screws near the tailights that look like they hold in the edge of the light housing and are hidden when you close the trunk. Remove those screws (maybe Torx style), and the you can pull out the tail light assembly from the body and change the bulbs from there.
This is just a very brief description.
Remove cover from rear of trunk to access nuts. Remove tailight all 4 nuts. Pull tailight out. You will see the bulb sockets behind the tail light assembly. Turn counter clockwise to remove socket. Install same way.
inside your trunk you must pull back carpet exposing bolts holding tailight in. remove those bolts and pull tailight out. you can then remove sockets by turning counter clockwise. replace appropriate bulb