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How to Replace Tail Light Bulbs 09-17 Chevy Traverse

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  1. step : Removing the Tail Light (0:21)
    • Pry out the trim caps on the outside of the tail light
    • Remove the 7mm bolts from the tail light
    • Push the tail light off the car
    • Disconnect the connector
  2. step : Servicing the Bulbs (1:14)
    • 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 : Installing the Tail Light (2:18)
    • Connect the connector
    • Press the pin on the tail light into the grommet on the vehicle
    • Press the tail light into the vehicle
    • Tighten the 7mm bolts to the tail light
    • Press on the trim caps

Hi, I’m Mike from 1A Auto. We’ve been selling auto parts for over 30 years!

Open the tailgate. Use a small flap of the screwdriver, and remove these two caps to get to the screws underneath. Just pop them out. Got a little tether to keep them in there. The same for both. These are seven millimeter head screws. I'm just using a socket and a driver handle. Remove these. Now, we need to push the tail light straight off of the quarter panel. There's a clip behind here. Just going to give it some force and going to push it. It came out pretty easily. There's a pin here that it's stuck on. Just push it out.

Now you have to access your bulbs, the brake light bulb. Turn it counterclockwise to unlock it. Open it up. This is a 7443 bulb. You pull it straight out. And then to replace it, just push the new right in. Line up the little tabs and turn it clockwise to lock it in place.

So marker running light bulb out here. Same way, you turn it counterclockwise. Pull it out. That actually looks like it’s burned out. It's a little 194 peanut bulb. To put a new one in there, we'll install a new bulb. It pushes right into place. Line up the tabs and turn it clockwise to lock it. That's it.

To replace the whole assembly, you can unplug it. Push in the lock, pull the connector off. Reconnect the harness. It'll click when it's locked in place, reinstall the assembly. I'll line up this pin, it's going to go right into that grommet there. That's it. Reinstall the self-tapping screws. Just tighten it in, and it'll get tight, just stop. Push these back into place. It'll snap right into place. The opposite side is the same exact procedure.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 7mm Socket

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