How to Change a Brake Light

Rear Brake Lights

Each time you slow or stop your vehicle, it causes the brake lights to illuminate. Since this happens so often, your brake lights are bound to burn out after a while. While this may seem like a bit of a hassle, it is quite simple to learn how to replace a brake light. Keep in mind that you will want to perform this task as soon as possible once you notice the brake lights are out so that you can drive safely on the roads of St. Peters and avoid getting a ticket. Suntrup Automotive Group has the details.

Steps to Replace Your Vehicle’s Brake Light

These easy steps can guide you through how to replace a brake light at home:

  • Find the Correct Bulbs: Before you can do anything else, you need to know what kind of bulbs your vehicle requires. You can find this information in your owner’s manual.
  • Remove Taillight Housing: Once you have the replacement bulb, you’ll need to remove the colored lens that hides the brake light bulbs, which can be done with a Phillips-head screwdriver. You can take out the bulb that no longer works once the taillight housing has been removed.
  • Replace bulb: A handy tip to keep in mind is that you will want to apply a dab of dielectric grease to the end of the new brake light bulb. Why should you do this before installing the new brake light? The dielectric grease prevents corrosion and rust. It also makes it easier to remove the bulb when it’s time to change it again. When this step is complete, all you have to do is secure the new bulb in place, reattach the taillight housing, and you’re all set. You can now safely set out on the roads of St. Charles.

Bring Your Vehicle to the Experts at Suntrup Automotive Group

If you are more comfortable letting a professional change your brake light, it’s no problem. You can set up an appointment at our service center, and we will get you back on the road in no time. If you have additional questions about automotive service, do not hesitate to reach out to us for more information.


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