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How to replace a tail light bulb
Published by colin79666
24-11-2008
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Post How to replace a tail light bulb

The process can be broken down into a few simple steps - each of which I will expand on.
  • Notice the bulb is out and obtain correct replacement (see manual)
  • Remove covers
  • Replace bulb
  • Replace covers and refit to car
Step 1 - Notice the bulb is out and obtain correct replacement (see manual)

Personally I recommend checking the manual as it has a simple table for determining the correct replacement bulb type. This guide is based around the middle of the 3 - the tail light. A quick check of the manual and the Halfords in-store guide suggests a bayonet 5W bulb (Halfords 207S).

Step 2 - Remove covers
Open the tail gate and you will see 2 screws at the top and bottom of the lens cover (A in the manual).

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Undo these screws and keep them safe. Now comes the but I got stuck at! You need to give the cover a strong tug to loosen it. Don't pull too hard though as you only want to remove it enough to reach round and undo the connector. Undo the connector (press the plastic tab and pull gently). The whole light unit should now be separated from the car.

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Now remove the two screws located on the back of the light unit (E in the manual) and keep them safe.

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I found it was best to take the unit inside to be sure nothing gets lost or wet. You can then pull out the part which holds the bulbs.

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Step 3 - Replace bulb
This really is just a smaller version of the bulbs in your house. Push down slightly and turn anti clockwise to remove the bulb. If the bulb filament is not broken then you may find the problem is elsewhere - such as a fuse.
Double check your replacement bulb is of the same type and put it in the holder. Push in and turn clockwise to secure.

Step 4 - Replace covers
This is just the reverse of what you have done so far. Remember to reconnect the wired connector before putting the whole light unit in place! Position the unit in place so the plastic clips slot into the wholes in the unit (the look like pawn chess pieces - thanks LeePunto1.9 ). Put the last 2 screws in place and test.

All being well your lights will be operational again


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Re: How to replace a tail light bulb

Very useful guide thanx!

On my personal experience I have to admit that the joy of successfully replacing all three bulbs on my taillight has been replaced with a bit of annoyance because of the appearance of moist insight the taillight body in the last few days when raining and cold.

Although I tried to close and reattach everything as firm as possible it seems that water or air (?) is getting past the insulation of the inner part, as seen in the last figure of the guide, and forms a foggy environment inside.

Any ideas on how to improve / fix this little bug?
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Make sure everythings properly dry before putting it back together. Make sure the rubber seal is properly in place - it can quite easily pop op of its proper position.
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Re: How to replace a tail light bulb

i can't even get the screws off! anyone else had trouble taking the units off the car in the first place? They are so tight i am worried of just knackering the screw heads.
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Re: How to replace a tail light bulb

They are pretty tight (but they have to be to keep everything sealed).
It helps if you have a screwdriver with a large handle so you can get some purchase.
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Re: How to replace a tail light bulb

I have tried to take my rear lights of twice. I can remove the screws. But I can't pull the damn things out! GRRRR!!!
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Re: How to replace a tail light bulb

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I have tried to take my rear lights of twice. I can remove the screws. But I can't pull the damn things out! GRRRR!!!

just pull and pray they dont snap, also the wires are short ish so dont pull too hard
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Quote Originally Posted by Lee.Johnston View Post
I have tried to take my rear lights of twice. I can remove the screws. But I can't pull the damn things out! GRRRR!!!



I tried again this weekend and after a hard tug.. and a lot of choice language they did eventually come out!

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Re: How to replace a tail light bulb

THANKS to everyone for the advice much appreciated.....i think my problem may be not being pulling hard enougth on the light unit and
not using the correct expletives,,,,go give it another try
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Re: How to replace a tail light bulb

Rounded the screw head, don't think they've been touched since new. Fell apart like wet tissue! Poo
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Re: How to replace a tail light bulb

Thanks. This guide worked great for me. The part where you need to give a light pull is a little daunting, but seems like that is the only way out.
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Quote Originally Posted by Andy Monty View Post
just pull and pray they dont snap, also the wires are short ish so dont pull too hard <img src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" smilieid="4" class="inlineimg" />
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Thank to this thread, I easily changed a tail light bulb today. A squirt of WD-40 on the screws, left to soak for 10 mins and the confidence to give a short-ish tug got the cluster out.<br />
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Bulb was a 5w bayonet, 95p from the local car spares shop (Lucas LLB207, 12V 5W BA155, if that helps anyone). Unless it's the wrong one and everything blows in the next couple of days. <img src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" smilieid="4" class="inlineimg" />
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Re: How to replace a tail light bulb

Having removed the screws I still cannot get the unit to pull out. It would help to know which direction to pull in - is it rearwards, downwards or sideways towards the tailgate opening? The video is helpful, but too jerky to see exactly how it unfastens. And a view of the fastenings, clips or lugs after removal whould have helped explain how it fits.
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