Protecting and Preserving Your Auto Parts: Tips for DIY Mechanics

Fixing A Faulty Rear Signal Bulb In A Car

Modern cars tend to be a little more complex compared to older cars, so it is usually advised to always take your car to a garage to fix any faults. However, there are some things that you can do on your own.  For many people, maintaining their vehicle is a thing that they enjoy doing, and they get pleasure from fixing minor faults. One thing that you can still do yourself is to change out a faulty rear signal bulb. This article looks at the steps involved to do this as a DIY job.

Replacement Bulbs

You will know when your indicator is not working correctly, as it will flash at an increased speed when you try to use it as you drive. This increased speed of flashing tells you that there is a fault with one of the bulbs. This article assumes that it is the rear bulb that is faulty. To get an exact replacement bulb, take your vehicle to  DIY or car parts store and pick up the bulb. If you cannot find it, ask a member of staff to help you. Give them the make and model of your vehicle, along with the year it was registered; they will be able to give you a replacement bulb.

Replace The Rear Signal Bulb

To get to the rear signal bulb in a modern car, you will need to access the tail light section from inside of the trunk. There is usually a section of lining that can be easily removed. In fact, you may be able to replace the bulb without using any tools at all. Once the lining has been removed, there will be a couple of plastic screws or brackets that you should be able to remove by hand; the screws are attached to an easy to turn handle or head. Remove these, unclip the bunch of wires that are connected to the tail light and then look for the bulb. In some cars, you can make the job easier by removing the whole taillight; it can be popped out of the clips holding it in place. Push in and turn the signal bulb so you can remove it. To make sure you achieve a good connection, push the new bulb in and twist so it locks into place. Look to see that the bulb contacts the metal. Then, replace the taillights and the put the screws or brackets back on. Lastly, clip or Velcro the lining back into place.

You can now test the signal bulbs to ensure that they are working properly.