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How to Change a Brake Light

Car brake lights

As with any light on your vehicle, your brake lights serve a vital role in every commute from Lincoln to Seward. Every time you stop or slow down, your brake lights illuminate. With so much usage, it’s no surprise that they burn out from time to time. When that happens, you’ll want to get a new bulb installed as soon as possible.

Whether you visit us in Crete for a quick fix or you prefer to learn how to change a brake light in your own Milford garage, our team can help. Schedule an appointment with us or review our service tips below to learn how to replace a brake light!

Steps to Replace Your Vehicle’s Brake Light

If the bulb in one or more of your brake lights is burnt out, you’ll want to learn how to change a brake light straightaway. While you might not be a seasoned DIY-er, learning how to replace a brake light is a simple task. Just follow these steps:

  • Find the Correct Bulbs: To start any project, you need to make sure you have the right tools and equipment. Check your owner’s manual to determine what size bulb you need.
  • Remove Tail Light Housing: When you have a bulb with the proper wattage, you’ll need to remove the colored lens that hides your lights. Remove the cover with a Phillips-head screwdriver and unscrew the bad bulb.
  • Replace the Brake-Light Bulb: Before you install the new bulb, take a moment to apply a bit of dielectric grease to the end. This extra step mitigates corrosion and rust and makes removing the bulb easier in the future. Replace the bulb, reinstall the tail light housing, and you’re ready to go!

What’s the Importance of Checking Your Tail Lights?

As previously mentioned, each light on your vehicle is essential. Your headlights enable you to see the road ahead, your turn signals alert those around you when you’re making a lane change, and your brake lights tell the drivers behind you when it’s time to stop. Without working brake lights, your driving experience will quickly turn hazardous. In fact, you can even get a ticket for driving with inoperable brake lights!

Get an Inspection at the Sid Dillon Chevrolet Crete Service Center

Now that you know how to replace a brake light, you can care for your vehicle with greater precision. If you simply prefer to let the professionals handle your car care concerns, visit us in Crete for a quick inspection and brake light fix. Looking to learn more about servicing your vehicle? We can teach you how to check your oil or even how to use a car battery charger!


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