Tail Light Assembly: Illuminate Your Vehicle for a Safer Ride
The tail light assembly of your vehicle is one of the mandated automotive lights by the federal law. It has to be working properly every time you're driving on the road. Otherwise, you could end up with a violation ticket if a highway patrol officer notices your faulty tail light assembly. Don't wait for this moment to happen. When you already notice that your vehicle's tail light assembly is acting up, check it immediately. If it already needs to be replaced, use this quick installation guide that can help you out.
Required skill level: Intermediate
Needed tools and materials
Preparing the tail light area for the task
Open the trunk cover or lower the tail gate of your vehicle before removing the old tail light assembly. Locate the mounting screws and bolts of the tail light assembly and remove them. Detach the wires carefully before pulling the entire assembly from your vehicle.
Fitting the new tail assembly
Take your new tail light assembly and fit it slowly on the mount. Make sure the tail light assembly fits along the edges of the mount smoothly. When the tail light assembly fits perfectly, remove it from the mount to connect the wires.
Connecting the wires
Connect the wires of the new tail light assembly firmly so they will not loosen or detach. Check the position of the wires when you're placing the tail light assembly back so they will not bend or kink.
Checking the lights from the new tail light assembly
Check the lights of the tail light assembly by switching your car on, but don't start the engine. Use the tail light switch lever and the brake pedal and observe if the lights are responding correctly.
Screwing the tail light assembly in place
Take the bolts and screws you have removed earlier and screw them back in place. Tighten them so the tail light assembly sits properly on the mount and it won't move or shake. Close the trunk lid or the tail gate of your car once you're done.
- Perform a final test drive with the new tail light assembly before driving on the highway. Ask someone that can help observe the lights from behind your vehicle.