Ensuring that your Honda Civic's brake lights are in working condition at all times is important to your safety, as well as the safety of others. These simple bulbs signal that you are intending to decelerate or stop, allowing other motorists to react and slow down in response. If the brake-light bulb burns out, nothing is left to alert other drivers of your intentions, a situation that can quickly become dangerous. Luckily, replacing damaged brake-light bulbs is as simple as opening your Civic's trunk or hatch.
Things You'll Need
- Replacement bulb
Have an assistant turn the car's ignition on and press down on the brake pedal. Stand behind the car and observe the brake lights to identify which brake light is not working. Turn the ignition switch off once you have identified that faulty bulb.
Open the car's trunk or hatch. Locate the affected tail-light assembly on the inside of the trunk. Grasp the rubber dust boot on the rear of the tail-light assembly and twist counterclockwise half of a turn. Pull the tail light's wiring harness away from the tail light. Locate the faulty brake-light bulb in the center of the harness and pull it out.
Press the wedge-shaped base of the new brake-light bulb into the wiring harness. Insert the harness into the tail-light assembly and twist the rubber dust boot clockwise half of a turn to lock it in place.
Have an assistant turn the car's ignition on, pressing down on the brake pedal again to activate the brake lights. Stand behind the car and observe the brake lights to confirm that the brake lights are working properly. If the brake light does not activate, check that the bulb is inserted completely into the wiring harness.
Tips & Warnings
- Most auto-parts stores will replace the brake-light bulbs for you if you need assistance.
- "1996-1998 Honda Civic Service Manual"; Honda Motor Company; 1997
- Photo Credit The image of the car in movement image by Mykola Velychko from Fotolia.com
How to Replace the Brake Pads on a Honda Civic
The brakes on a Honda Civic use a combination of brake pads in the front and brake shoes in the rear. Hydraulic...
How to Troubleshoot a Brake Switch on a Honda Accord
The brake switch on a Honda Accord sends an electrical signal to the brake lights. This switch is set to be always...
How to Replace a Honda Odyssey Brake Light
Brake lights occasionally burn out just like any other incandescent bulb. It's inconvenient for sure; fortunately, changing the bulb is easy. Car...
How to Change the Brake Light on a 2002 Honda Civic
The brake light housing in a 2002 Honda Civic is inside the trunk. Changing the brake light is a fairly easy repair...
How to Change a Honda Civic Tail Light
The Honda Civic has been available in several configurations over the years. The sedan and coupe have been most prevalent, but a...
How to Replace the Brake Lights on a Honda Passport
The Passport is a compact SUV that is made by Japanese company Honda. Routine maintenance is needed on the Passport to ensure...
Replacing Brake Pads on a 1998 Honda Civic LX
The 1998 Honda Civic LX comes equipped with front-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. The braking system relies upon the consistent relationship between the...