How to Change a Brake Light

Closeup of Brake Light on Car

Every time you hit the brake pedal, your brake lights illuminate to signal to those around you that you are preparing to stop. Since these light bulbs are engaged many times during every drive you take throughout Ridgeway and beyond, they can certainly burn out. Should that occur, they need to be replaced immediately for your safety and the safety of drivers behind you–you could also get a ticket. If you want to learn how to change a brake light right in your own garage, read on below for a step-by-step guide from your local Gunter CDJR Martinsville service department. 

How to Replace A Brake Light: Step-by-Step

Replacing a brake light at home is simple, easy, and rewarding. This four-point checklist will help you get the job done right so you can safely get back out on Martinsville roads.

  • Find the Correct Bulbs: Consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual to determine the proper bulb size and voltage you need for your model. Once you’ve found that information, head to a hardware store or car parts store near Danville and acquire the bulb.
  • Remove Tail Light Housing: With a Phillips-head screwdriver, you can remove the colored lens that protects the brake light bulbs in order to access the bulb. Once you are into the housing unit, remove the burnt bulb. Note that some new vehicles may have easy-access brake light sockets through the inside of the trunk. Check for this first. If not, remove the housing as listed above.
  • Apply Dielectric Grease: Prevent corrosion and rust on your new bulb and bulb sockets by adding a bit of dielectric grease to the unit. This will also make your next bulb replacement easier.
  • Install New Bulb: Screw or pop the new bulb into place, reattach the taillight housing, and your new brake lights are ready to go.

Schedule Service at Gunter CDJR Martinsville

You are now informed of the proper steps regarding how to change a brake light— but if you’d rather leave it to our factory-trained service technicians, we’re happy to help. You can schedule a service appointment here at our Gunter CDJR Martinsville service center. While we’re at it, let us know of any other repairs or maintenance you may need on your Reidsville, NC vehicle. For car-care tips like how to check your engine oil, how often to change your spark plugs, or how long car brakes last, contact our dealership team today.

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