Back Up Light
You have limited vision every time you back up. Good thing your vehicle is equipped with several components that aid you every time you drive in reverse, such as back up lights. A back up light conveniently warns other drivers or pedestrians when you are about to back up your car, giving them time to move away or stop to give way to you. With busted back up lights, your driving will be gravely impaired and you'll surely have a harder time. To prevent this from happening, you'd better address your faulty lights right away.
Replacing a Busted Bulb
More often than not, a malfunctioning back up light is caused by a busted bulb. Here's a quick and basic guide on how to replace the busted light bulb on your car's rear end.
Note: When working with electrical components, always disconnect the negative cable of your car's battery to prevent getting shocked or electrocuted while doing the task.
Step 1: To begin, open the trunk of the car and pull the carpeting to access the taillight assembly.
Step 2: Depending on your vehicle, you may or may not need to remove the entire taillight assembly to replace the busted bulb. If you need to remove it, use a Philips screwdriver to take out the retaining screws of the assembly's housing. Once the retaining screws are out, carefully slide the entire assembly off of the vehicle. On the other hand, if you don't need to remove the entire assembly, the socket would most likely be accessible through the trunk.
Step 3: Next, you need to remove the wires that connect the lighting component to its power source. Do this by disconnecting the electrical connectors on the assembly or on the bulb.
Step 4: After that, pull the old and busted bulb out from the socket and insert the replacement back up light bulb in place.
Step 5: Reattach the socket to the assembly and secure it in position by turning it clockwise to tighten it up.
Step 6: Next, reconnect the wiring connectors that you removed earlier and return the taillight assembly back in place. Secure it using a Philips screwdriver and the retaining screws that were taken out earlier.
Step 7: Reconnect the negative cable of the battery and turn the ignition to test if the new bulb works.
Wiring a Back Up Light
Wiring your vehicle's back up lights is really easy, and the task can be completed in a few minutes. Here's a quick guide that will help you get started.
Step 1: To begin, follow the steps in removing the taillight assembly above. And once it is disconnected from your vehicle, locate the wiring connector that is attached to the back up socket.
Step 2: Once you've located the connector, connect it to the wiring harness that's positioned below the taillight assembly.
Step 3: To make sure that the connection is secure, wait until you hear a clicking sound. After that, reinstall the taillight assembly and test if the back up light already works.