Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Reverse Light Bulb

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Cost of Replacing a Bad or Failing Reverse Light Bulb

If your car's reverse lights don't illuminate or are dimming, it may be time to replace the reverse light bulbs. Our certified technicians can come to you and diagnose the problem. You will receive a $30 credit towards any follow-up repairs that result from the diagnostic. Following are example prices for Reverse Light Bulb Replacement. Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2011 Chevrolet Equinox $77 $6.95 $70.00 32% $114.45
2008 Pontiac Torrent $75 $5.12 $70.00 33% $112.62
2013 Nissan Altima $77 $6.95 $70.00 32% $114.45
2012 Acura RDX $77 $6.95 $70.00 32% $114.45
2013 Audi A4 $77 $6.95 $70.00 32% $114.45
2007 Porsche Boxster $78 $7.81 $70.00 32% $115.31
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How to Diagnose a Bad or Failing Reverse Light Bulb?

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All vehicles are equipped with reverse light bulbs, also called backup light bulbs. The bulb lights up when you put your transmission into reverse. Its purpose is to alert pedestrians and other vehicles around you that you intend to move backwards. This way, they know your intentions and can get out of the way if need be as a second line of defense. There are a few things that can cause the reverse light bulb not to work. Watch for the following symptoms if you suspect your reverse light bulb is going bad or failing:

Bulb does not illuminate

The reverse light bulb will not illuminate at all if the light bulb has blown or has burnt out. If this happens, it is time to replace the bulb. If you feel comfortable, you can do this yourself after purchasing a reverse light bulb from the local auto shop. Yet keep in mind there could be other problems causing the bulb not to illuminate, such as a fuse issue, but the bulb is a good place to start. The bulb will generally have a visible break in the filament or a discoloration. If you replace the light bulb and it still does not work, it is time to contact a professional mechanic.

Light is dim

If you notice the light is not as bright as it used to be, then your light bulb has not completely failed yet, but it will soon. The bulb may start off bright but become dim after the vehicle has run for awhile. Before the bulb completely fails, have a professional mechanic replace the reverse light bulb to ensure other motorists can see you.

Check your reverse lights

It is a good habit to check the reverse light bulbs every so often; about once a month is recommended. To check the lights, have someone assist you because it will be difficult to do yourself. Have the assistant stand near the back of the vehicle, but not directly behind it, for safety reasons. Turn the vehicle on, put on the brake, and put the vehicle in reverse. Do not let off the brake pedal. Your assistant should tell you if the lights illuminate or not.

Some states require vehicles to have working reverse light bulbs, so as soon as these go out have them replaced as they are a safety features and so you do not get ticketed. YourMechanic makes getting repairs to your reverse light bulb easy by coming to your home or office to diagnose or fix issues. You can book a service online 24/7. YourMechanic’s qualified Technicians are also available for any questions that may arise.

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Jonathan

32 years of experience
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Jonathan
32 years of experience
Great service, friendly. I had done some basic troubleshooting first, explained all I did, he listened patiently and then quickly identified the problem, explained the issue and got my car running. Fantastic service, A+.
2007 SATURN SKY - REVERSE LIGHT BULB REPLACEMENT (DRIVER SIDE) - BROOKSVILLE, FLORIDA

Michael

13 years of experience
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Michael
13 years of experience
Showed up earlier than expected & did an excellent job. Also let me know a lot of things about my car that I didn't know. If you need a mechanic in the Atlanta area, he's the guy you need to call!
2006 BMW 325XI - REVERSE LIGHT BULB REPLACEMENT (DRIVER SIDE, PASSENGER SIDE) - ATLANTA, GEORGIA

Cameron

11 years of experience
67 reviews
Cameron
11 years of experience
This is my first time booking Cameron and he was on time, did the job in timely manner and was very professional. He showed me what he did after finishing the job and explained it nice and neat I appreciated that. I will book Cameron again and do recommend him!
2006 CHEVROLET IMPALA - REVERSE LIGHT BULB REPLACEMENT (PASSENGER SIDE) - TACOMA, WASHINGTON

David

22 years of experience
118 reviews
David
22 years of experience
David is well informed, prompted and curtius. I will recommend him.
2008 FORD FUSION - REVERSE LIGHT BULB REPLACEMENT (PASSENGER SIDE) - OCALA, FLORIDA

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