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How to Replace Tail Light 99-05 Pontiac Grand Am

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  1. step : Remove the tail light (0:50)
    • Pop the trunk.
    • Unhook the cargo net and set aside.
    • Unscrew the thumb screw to move the upholstery out of the way.
    • Remove four more thumb screws.
    • Pull the light out, twist out the bulbs and unplug the wiring harness.
  2. step : Install the new tail light (3:30)
    • Transfer the wiring to the new tail light.
    • Twist in the bulbs.
    • Plug in the wiring harness and put the tail light into place.
    • Secure with thumb screws.
    • Replace the upholstery and cargo net, and secure with the remaining thumb screw.

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In this video, we'll be replacing the tail light on this '99 Pontiac Grand Am, same as any '99 to '06 Grand Am. It's a pretty easy procedure. No tools are required.

Tail light replacement on a Grand Am starts in the trunk. See here. If you have this cargo net option, you want to pull that off and undo this thumb screw. Then, kind of pull this down and out, and then you can see four thumb screws. One, two, and back in here three and four. We're going to undo those. We're going to do this real time, and now, after this video, you have no excuse to be that person with the red tape on the tail light, because this is just that easy to do, you can get the parts and great service at Why spend the money going and trying to find red tape that looks terrible. Just go out and buy a new light and replace it.

Once you get those off, then you just pull the light back. Just pull the light back, and then big connector right here. Basically, you grab with both your fingers like that. Pull that locking tab up. Pull the connector out, and then there's your tail light from the vehicle. Now, if you're just looking to service the bulbs, this big plate here comes off, and it's actually the bulb itself as well. You can see there are all the bulbs. I'm just going to clean this up real quick before I put it back together. To put this back together, you want to make sure you have this gasket all in there correctly, because it keeps the water from getting into the bulbs and getting into your tail light. That's pretty easy. Put it on there. Make sure everything is lining up. Push it on. Make sure all the tabs have locked into place. Connect your connector.

Now, you can see I took a second and just kind of cleaned up the car where it's going into. Put it in. Put the thumb screws back on. Start them. Then, these thumb screws have little rubber seals on them, so you want to tighten them up pretty good so that keeps the water from getting into your trunk. You can see, it's a pretty easy process; it doesn't really require any tools.

You might need a screwdriver just to help you pry that bulb plate out of the tail light. Some of those locks can be a little tough, but other than that, a regular screwdriver, you don't really need anything else. With this said, now you don't have any reason to be that car with the broken tail light and the red tape on the tail light. In these Grand Ams it's pretty easy to get a new light in there. Put your net back on, and you'll all ready to go.

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1999 - 2005  Pontiac  Grand Am
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