How to Change a Brake Light

Closeup of Brake Light on Car in Traffic

Your brake lights turn on every time you slow or stop your car, so it’s no surprise that these light bulbs burn out after a while. However, it is simple for most O'Fallon drivers to change a brake light on their own. Keep in mind that you will want to perform this task as quickly as possible. If you don’t, you could end up causing an accident or getting a ticket. You can also set up an appointment with Auffenberg Dealer Group. 

How to Replace Your Vehicle’s Brake Light

Wondering how to replace a brake light at home? All you need to do is follow these quick and easy steps from the technicians at Auffenberg Dealer Group near Caseyville.

  • Purchase the Proper Bulbs: Take a look at your owner’s manual to see what type of bulbs are required for your particular make and model. Our parts team can also look up the bulb(s) you’ll need.
  • Access the Bulb:
    • Remove Taillight Housing: Once you have the right bulbs, you’ll need to remove the bulbs that are burnt out. Sometimes this means removing the taillight housing (with a Phillips-head screwdriver). After the cover is out of the way, take out the bulb that needs to be replaced.
    • Through the Trunk: Many vehicles also let you access the taillight bulbs through the trunk or the hatch. You may need to remove a cover first, then typically you can twist the bulb housing out.
  • Replace the Burned Out Bulb: Before you install the new brake-light bulb, apply a bit of dielectric grease to the end, which prevents corrosion and rust. An added bonus is that it will be easier to replace this bulb after it burns out down the road. Secure the new bulb in position, reattach the taillight housing, and you’re good to go. You can safely hit the roads of Caseyville. 

Turn to the Experts and Auffenberg Dealer Group

If you prefer to leave vehicle maintenance to the professionals, it’s no problem. Stop by the Auffenberg Dealer Group service center, and we will take care of vehicle maintenance for you. Contact us today with any questions.

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