How to Change a Brake Light

Chevy Silverado rear view

Having a burnt out brake light is to be expected after cruising around town as these lights turn on every time you slow or stop your vehicle. The good news is that changing a brake light at home is an easy task, even for non-automotive experts. Once you notice a brake light is out, it’s important to take care of this service right away to avoid an accident or a ticket. Here at the Cornerstone Chevrolet service center, we have a guide to help you fix this issue at home.


Steps to Replace Your Vehicle’s Brake Light

In order to avoid a more expensive repair or even to just avoid driving to a local service center, you’ll want to know how to replace a brake light on your own. Simply follow these steps once you check your owner’s manual and purchase the right light for your vehicle:

  • Find the Correct Bulbs: The first step to take is to figure out what kind of bulbs you need. Check your owner’s manual to see the correct bulb size and voltage for your specific vehicle.
  • Remove Tail Light 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. After the cover is out of the way, remove the bad bulb.
  • Replace bulb: Before you install the new brake-light bulb, apply a bit of dielectric grease to the end, which prevents corrosion and rust. It also makes it easier to remove the bulb when it’s time to change it again. Put the new bulb in place, reattach the taillight housing, and enjoy driving safely around town once again.

In the end, if you have any issues, our team is nearby to help. Get in touch with our service center to learn more about changing the brake lights, to find the genuine parts you need at a more affordable price, and to get your vehicle back on the road in no time at all.

Have Your Vehicle Checked at the Cornerstone Chevrolet Service Center

When the time comes to replace your vehicle’s brake lights, if you’d prefer to leave brake-light replacements to the professionals, you can schedule a service appointment for less at our service center. Check out our available parts and service specials to get the parts and services you need for a more affordable price. If you have any questions in the meantime, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team.

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