How To Replace Tail Lights For Your Subaru Vehicle
If you own a Subaru, you know that it is an excellent vehicle that doesn’t break down quickly. However, every once in a while, even the best car will need some repairs, which can be especially true of its taillights. You may think replacing them would be complicated or costly; however, this isn’t the case! Here’s a how-to guide to return your Subaru’s tail lights so you can keep driving safely at night without worrying about breaking laws by driving around with faulty lights on your vehicle.
Step 1: Open the Trunk
To begin, open the trunk by pulling the lever on either side of your Subaru. If you have a keyless entry system, you can also use that to open the trunk.
Step 2: Pry off the two plastic covers in front of the bulbs
To get to the bulbs, you’ll need to pry off the two plastic covers in front of them. Use a flathead screwdriver and take care not to scratch the paint on your car as you pry off each lid. Once you’ve removed both covers, ensure they don’t fall into the engine bay or other places they might be damaged—toss them in an open space where they won’t get lost or damaged.
To remove the bulb from its socket, use a towel or some other soft material to protect your hands from damage (glass shards) while hammering down on its base with something sturdy like a hammer handle. If this doesn’t work for some reason, try using pliers instead of hammers for removal since they may have more biting power than hammers when removing stubborn bulbs from their sockets.
Step 3: Ignore The Third Connector
At this point, you should be able to see the two bulbs attached to a wiring frame. Take note that a third connector will be located to the right side, which will not be necessary for this replacement.
Step 4: Removing the Bulb
To remove the broken bulb, a firmer clip holds it in place. Use your fingers to pry this clip away from the socket and pull out the bulb. If you have trouble getting it off with your fingers, use a small flathead screwdriver to pry it away from the socket and pull it out gently.
Step 5: Inserting The New Bulb
Insert the new bulb into the socket and ensure it is firmly placed before securing it with the clip. Once done, reattach the plastic covers.
Make sure your lights are working correctly by turning on your vehicle’s headlights and checking for any smoke or burning smell that could indicate a problem.
Step 6: Test Out Your New Lights
Once you have replaced the tail lights, it is essential to test them out to ensure that they work correctly. To do this, turn on the Subaru’s ignition and then turn on the parking lights (the lights around the rear license plate). Next, open up your trunk and remove both of your new tail lights. You will see two plastic caps covering two wiring connectors; remove these caps with a flathead screwdriver or other small tool of choice.
Once all four wires from each taillight are exposed, secure them with electrical tape so they cannot come into contact with anything else inside your Subaru’s trunk. If possible, try not to touch any metal pieces while working under duress; doing so may result in shorting out some components in your car and causing unanticipated issues later down the road!
Once all four wires have been taped together securely and safely set aside for use later on down this repair process (if necessary), replace each newly installed tail light onto its original position inside of its respective bracket within minutes before closing up everything.
Be Safe While Fixing Your Lights
This is important for two reasons:
- You can be given a ticket if you are driving at night or doing anything else that requires using your Subaru’s taillights without doing this simple procedure to replace them first, as you are committing an offense that can be punishable by law if you fail to do so.
- Driving with broken taillights is dangerous and increases your risk of being involved in a car accident. If another driver does not see your brake lights when they are supposed to be on, there’s less time for them to react and slow down before they crash into you. That’s why it’s so important to regularly check the condition of your Subaru’s tail lights!
Good As New
That’s it! You should now be able to have your Subaru tail lights in working order again. If you have any questions, contact us today!