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How to Replace Install Tail Light Bulbs 2013 - 2016 Subaru Impreza XV Crosstrek

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Created on: 2017-06-21

How to replace burnt out or broken tail light bulbs on 13, 14, 15, 16 Subaru Impreza or XV Crosstrek.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Tail Light Housing
    • Remove the two 10mm bolts from the tail light
    • Pull the tail light straight out
    • Disconnect the wiring harnesses
  2. step 2 :Servicing the Bulbs
    • Twist the bulb socket counterclockwise out of the light
    • Pull the bulb off of the socket
    • Push on the new bulb
    • Twist the bulb clockwise into the light
  3. step 3 :Installing the Tail Light Housing
    • Connect the wiring harnesses
    • Line up the grooves and pins on the housing with the holes on the vehicle
    • Pop the tail light in
    • Tighten the two 10mm bolts

Tools needed

  • Gloves

    Socket Extensions

    10mm Socket


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Right here is the tail light, and you're going to want to remove these two 10mm bolts. I'm using a 10mm socket and extension and a quarter drive ratchet. We'll start by spinning these out. As soon as you crack them loose, you should be able to take them out right by hand because they're not all that tight. Once the two screws are out, you should be able to pretty much pop this right off just by pulling it straight out. You can see there's a few tabs right here. It slides on this tab, and then there's two little push pins that it pops into. From that point you can take it right off the car just by unplugging that one connector.

This taillight has four bulbs in it. There's the two main bulbs and then there's the additional smaller bulbs. We'll start with this one right here. You just turn it 90 degrees counterclockwise and it will pop right out of the housing. To get it out of the connector you just pull it. It's a very simple design. It's been around for a long time.

To put it back in, put it back in the housing, make sure all the tabs line up, and you turn it to lock it in place. The other bulbs are very similar. We'll do this one next. Turn it counterclockwise. Then you can pull the bulb right out. To get it back in, line up the tabs and turn it clockwise right back into place. Lower bulb, same thing. To pull it out, sometimes the seal will stick. This one's the clear bulb you can see, as opposed to the orange one up above. You can pull the bulb right out.

Putting it back in is just as easy. Line up the tabs and turn it to lock it into place. Lastly is this little guy. This is another really common bulb that's been around forever. It's a little simple 194. It just slides right in there. Line up the tabs to put it back in. Make sure the seal is there. You can lock it into the taillight.

Putting the taillight back on, you'll want to connect this connector. Then you want to make sure that you line up this groove and these two push pins so that it sits on the car appropriately just like that. Now you'll take your two 10mm screws. You always want to start them by hand without any real force on them so that they don't crossthread. Then you can tighten them up with your ratchet and extension.

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