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How do you replace tail lights on trucks?

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To replace a truck’s tail lights, remove the bolts holding the tail light assembly, grip the bulb, push in, and twist the bulb to remove it. Pop off the old tail light, and install the new tail light. Test the tail light for functionality.

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The first step in replacing your truck's tail lights is purchasing the replacement tail lights. Consult your car manual for the correct type of tail light and the right bulb size. Additionally, check how you should access the tail light bulb.

If you have to go through the trunk, open it, locate the compartment holding the tail light assembly, and remove the bolts using a screwdriver or a wrench, depending on the type of bolts. Collect the bolts and keep them safe in a container. Grip the light bulb, push it in slightly, and twist it in a counter-clockwise direction until it comes out.

Loosen the screws holding the broken tail light in place using a screwdriver. If a screwdriver doesn't fit in the screws, use a socket and a ratchet. Pop off the tail light to disconnect it. Use a paint brush to clean dust off parts that are reusable. Next, install the new tail light, and screw in the bulb.

Fit the cover of the tail light assembly, and screw the bolts to hold it. If the cover doesn't fit well, the light realign the tail light, and try again. Afterwards, turn the tail light on to test whether it's working. If it doesn't, carefully go through the steps again while paying attention to the wiring.

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