How to Replace a Chevrolet Malibu Maxx Tail Light


The Malibu Maxx was a wagon sold by Chevrolet from 2004 to 2007. From the rear seat forward, the Maxx was identical to any other Chevrolet Malibu. But the rear tapered off to form a hatch, similar to an SUV or wagon. Replacing the Malibu Maxx tail light is quite a bit different than in the Malibu sedan.

Things You'll Need

  • Pliers
  • Screwdriver
  • Replacement bulb (Sylvania 3057 or equivalent)
  • Pop the hood and disconnect the negative battery cable for safety.

  • Open the rear hatch to access the tail light assemblies.

  • Remove the two screws on the side of the assembly. They will be visible with the hatch open.

  • Pull back the cargo liner covering the rear of the tail light assemblies.

  • Twist the two wingnuts by hand to remove them.

  • Pull the assembly away from the vehicle to access the backing.

  • Twist the tail light module counterclockwise and pull to remove it.

  • Remove the old bulb and discard. Replace it with a new bulb.

  • Insert the tail light module into the rear of the assembly. Twist it clockwise to connect it.

  • Reinsert the tail light assembly. Replace the two side screws and tighten the two wingnuts by hand. Replace the cargo liner and reconnect the negative battery cable.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want to replace the entire tail light assembly, simply remove both bulb modules and install them into the new assembly. Reinstall it into the vehicle in the same manner.


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