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Tail Light Lens Replacement Service

What is the tail light lens and how does it work?

A tail light lens is a plastic cover over one or more rear lights on your car. It both protects the bulbs and creates the necessary color, usually red or amber, depending on the purpose of the light. In most cars, the tail light lens is part of a larger, sealed tail light assembly. If any part of the assembly is damaged, the entire tail light assembly must be replaced as a unit. Older cars might have a separately replaceable lens. If so, the lens will be held on by screws and will include a gasket to create a weatherproof seal.

When to consider replacing a tail light lens:

  • Cracks or seal breakage. If the lens is cracked, it is ordinarily replaced. In some cases with no apparent physical damage to the lens or taillight assembly, breakage of the weather seal has caused the assembly to accumulate water or dirt inside, reducing the transmitted light. The lens or assembly is replaced unless the seal can be fixed and the interior of the housing cleaned.
  • Non-serviceable LED bulbs. Some cars have non-serviceable LED light bulbs. If the bulbs fail, the entire tail light lens and housing must be replaced.

How do mechanics replace the tail light lens?

  • In cases where the lens is separately serviceable, meaning it is held on by screws, the fasteners are removed and the lens is replaced.
  • In all other cases where the lens is an integral part of a larger tail light assembly, the entire assembly is removed and replaced as follows.
  • Open trunk or rear cargo area.
  • Remove interior garnish and all coverings preventing access to the taillight assembly fasteners.
  • Remove all fasteners.
  • Install new tail light assembly and, preferably, new long-life bulbs.
  • Test operation of all lights in the assembly: taillight, brake light, turn signal and reverse light.

Is it safe to drive with a tail light lens problem?

No. Short-term operation is generally safe, but it will depend on the extent of the damage. If the lens is completely gone, the resulting white light might confuse drivers behind you. For maximum safety, repair the problem as soon as possible. The necessary repairs are typically not costly.

When replacing a tail light lens keep in mind:

  • If the entire tail light assembly is replaced, it is best to install new bulbs and not re-use the old bulbs. Some assemblies will come with new bulbs already installed.
  • Exterior light assemblies and vehicle crash parts vary in quality. Broadly, when it comes to body parts, the choices are OEM-dealer supplied, aftermarket, or aftermarket certified by an organization such as CAPA (Certified Automotive Parts Association).
  • For older cars, there may not be an available new part. The mechanic will procure a used part for you from a used parts dealer.

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Patrick

33 years of experience
1254 reviews
Patrick
33 years of experience
Nissan Pathfinder Armada - Tail Light Lens Replacement (Driver Side) - Austin, Texas
As usual, my service was excellent. Patrick is a hard and good worker. I really appreciate his help and knowledge. Thank you.

Robert

12 years of experience
125 reviews
Robert
12 years of experience
Acura RDX - Tail Light Lens Replacement (Passenger Side) - Vienna, Virginia
Robert arrived promptly at the appointed time and started right away to replace the lens on my tail light. He seemed knowledgeable about what needed to be done. He worked quickly and completed the task in less time than was allocated. However, I was pleased with the finished job.

Corey

16 years of experience
136 reviews
Corey
16 years of experience
Honda Civic - Tail Light Lens Replacement (Passenger Side) - Charlotte, North Carolina
Corey was prompt, friendly and very helpful. Went above and beyond to get the job done correctly and efficiently, and I will definitely request him in the future.

Ostus

8 years of experience
70 reviews
Ostus
8 years of experience
Mercedes-Benz ML550 - Tail Light Lens Replacement (Passenger Side) - Decatur, Georgia
Ostus was very professional. He completed the work quickly and efficiently. He answered all my questions. I was extremely pleased with this service.

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