Awhile ago, my friend told me that my passenger side brake light was out. (I drive a 2003 Toyota Corolla.) This should be a simple do-it-yourself task, right?
So, I bought a set of stop light bulbs at Kragen Auto Parts. (Cost: About $6) I asked the employee how to change it, but he said he couldn’t help me because people have been suing them for instances where they messed up. (Harsh.)
Next stop: Stop Brake Shops. Fortunately, one of the mechanics was nice enough to change it out for me, and to show me how to do it. Did I need any tools? Nope.
- Pop the trunk.
- Look at the backside of the tail light area – it’s wide open. Turn the affected light bulb socket to the left. It’ll take some force, but you won’t break it.
- Once it unlocks, you can pull the light bulb out.
- Push the new bulb in.
- Put the socket back into its place by pushing it in, then turning to the right. It’ll lock back into place.
- Test the brake light to make sure it works.
Disclaimer: Don’t hold me responsible for any damages you cause to your car. I just documented this process to help you.