Q: How do I replace the brake light, taillight, rear turn signal and rear side marker bulbs?

asked by on

How do I replace the brake light, taillight, rear turn signal and rear side marker bulbs?

While replacing your headlights and front directional bulbs requires a lot of different steps, that’s not true when it comes to the bulbs in the rear. They’re all held in the same assembly, and they’re all easily accessible from inside the trunk. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Open the trunk.

  2. Locate the clips holding the trunk liner in place on the side where you need to replace the blown bulb. Remove them (there should be three per side).

  3. Pull the trunk liner down to reveal the light assembly.

  4. Locate the blown bulb.

  5. Turn the socket counterclockwise and pull it out.

  6. Remove the blown bulb and replace it with the new one.

  7. Make sure the bulb works.

  8. Replace it in the assembly and lock it in place.

  9. Replace the trunk liner.

  10. Replace the clips.

Tips

  • Honda recommends the following bulbs for replacement:

  • Brake and Taillight: 21/5 W

  • Backup Lights: 21 W

  • Turn Signal: 21 W (amber, not clear)

  • Rear Side Marker: 3 CP

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. How do I replace the brake light, taillight, rear turn signal and rear side marker bulbs?

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Passenger side floorboard getting wet in rain.

Hello, if the car has a sunroof that's where I would start. This would require two people to perform a proper diagnosis. Using a garden hose you would run across the top of the car and look for a leak....

Q: What does the High Beam indicator light mean?

When you turn on the headlights, you should be able to see the road ahead of you. However, once you get out of urban or suburban areas, the roads can be very dark and you need a bit more to...

Q: What does the Brake light on the dash mean in a 2012 Toyota RAV4?

Your car is equipped with a number of important warning lights. The Brake light is there to warn you of a potential problem with the brake system. There are a couple of reasons that this light may come on: ...

Related articles

Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...