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How To Replace Tail Light and Bulbs 06-09 Pontiac Torrent

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How To Replace Tail Light and Bulbs 06-09 Pontiac Torrent

Created on: 2015-08-31

This video shows you how to replace the tail light bulbs on your 06-09 Pontiac Torrent.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Tail Light
    • Pry off the trim pieces on the tail light
    • Remove the 10mm bolts from the headlight bracket
    • Pull the tail light out to the side
    • Disconnect the tail light wiring harness
    • If changing the assembly, disconnect the wiring from its clips and pry the harness out by pressing its clip
  2. step 2 :Replacing the Tail Light Bulbs
    • Turn the base of the bulbs counterclockwise
    • Remove the old bulbs
    • Insert the new bulbs
    • Turn the base of the new bulbs clockwise
  3. step 3 :Installing the New Tail Light
    • Reconnect the wiring harness to the tail light
    • Line up the bolt holes on the tail light bracket to the bolt holes on the vehicle
    • Replace the 10mm bolts into the tail light bracket
    • Press on the tail light clips to the tail light

Tools needed for replacement

  • Ratchets & Related

    Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    10mm Socket

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In this video, we're going to show you how to the service the tail lights. This is a 2009 Pontiac Torrent, it's the same procedure for any Torrent. We're going to show you how to service the bulbs, as well as change the whole tail light assembly if you've broken it.

Start up by opening the rear hatch to which ever light you need to service. Then there are two little caps, you use a small flat blade screwdriver and you pry the bottom of the cap and it comes off. Those expose two 10mm bolts, and you can use a 10mm socket and ratchet, or you could actually use a large Phillips screwdriver. Really, the 10mm socket and ratchet's the easiest way to do it. Fast-forward as I take off the second one. Then you pull out to the side to release the clips on the light.

Then, if you want to release the light from the harness, there's a tab that's on the bottom. You're going to see it, I'm going to flip the light over to better access that tab. Now it's on the top as you're looking at it. Press the tab, pull the harness out. Then, to service each bulb, you just twist counterclockwise about a 1/4 or a 1/8 to a 1/4 of a turn. You'll be able to pull the bulb out, and then you can pull the bulb from the socket. I'll show you on this one, just pull straight out. New bulb goes back it, and it's the same for all of those, and it's also the same for both side marker bulbs that you would do the same way.

If you need to replace the entire taillight assembly, and you need to retain your stock wiring harness, then remove all the bulbs, and the harness is in a couple clips. The harness connection, you pry up on the little gray tab, get a little better leverage with my finger, pry up, and pull that connector off. Then pull the rest of the harness out of the clips, and undo that side marker, and we're going to reinstall our old one 'cause it's in good shape.

You would take your new tail light assembly and reinstall the harness, and the three or four bulbs, as well as clip the harness connector back in. Once you've set the position, the light back in place. Reconnect the harness, and then put the light into place. You'll need to make sure the back is lined up and then push it forward, then push the side in, and lock those clips in place. Then just load the screws into your socket and start them up. Then tighten up those screws. You don't want to over tighten them, just get them nice and firm. With those tightened up put the gold caps back in place. The tab goes up at top and then they push in at the bottom, and you should be all set.

Thanks for tuning in. We hope this video helped you out. Next time you need parts for your car please visit 1AAuto.com. Also, check out our other helpful how-to, as well as diagnosis videos.

Thanks for tuning in. We hope this video helped you out. Next time you need parts for your car, please visit 1AAuto.com. Also check out our other helpful how-to and diagnosis videos.

Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket


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