Fast-as-Flash Brake Light Cover Installation
Every part of a brake light assembly is important, most especially the cover, because its absence makes the assembly visually incomplete and aesthetically less appealing. A brake light cover ensures that the brake light lens is protected from mild rear collisions, thus preventing the lens from breaking immediately or from falling off. If you have deformed brake light covers and need them replaced, here is a guide on how to successfully carry out the installation of the new covers in less than fifteen minutes.
Required skill level: Novice
Needed tools and materials
Removing the screws
Remove the screws that attach the brake light cover to the frame. Depending on the make and model of your vehicle, these screws may be located right along the edges of the brake light or inside the car frame. Either way, make sure that all screws are kept so that the new brake light cover will be tightly secured in place.
Removing the broken, faded, or severely scratched cover
Using the tip of the screwdriver or crowbar, gently pop off the brake light cover from its place. Since you are replacing an old cover, you do not need to worry about the scratches that may further deface it.
Installing the new brake light cover
Place the new cover on the spot where the old one was removed from. Make sure that the fitment is perfect, and that the brake light lens is fully encased by the borders of the cover. Loosely thread each screw through the mounting hole, then slowly tighten with the screwdriver while guiding the cover with your free hand. Perform the same procedures for the other brake light cover.
Tips and Warnings
- It is advisable to replace the cover of both brake lights together in order to keep an even appearance. A new cover may appear cleaner and more polished than an old one, and this difference is all right if you can live with the fact that one of your brake light covers is old. If replacement is not sought for the still-working cover, cleaning the old cover with a plastic or aluminum polish will improve its shine.