How to Fix a Taillight on a Chevy Cavalier


Working taillights can be the difference between driving a car that is safe or unsafe for the road. In addition, you also run the risk of being cited by law enforcement and required to have your faulty taillight fixed. Chevrolet Cavaliers are one of many vehicles that are designed to allow the owner easy access to the taillights should they need replacing. Fixing the taillight takes just a little time and no special tools.

Things You'll Need

  • Latex gloves
  • Screwdriver
  • Replacement bulb #3057
  • Ensure that the Cavalier's engine is turned off and the parking brake is engaged for safety purposes.

  • Open the trunk of the vehicle. Locate and remove the vehicle's net fasteners by turning them counterclockwise with a screwdriver. Remove the side panel from the inside of the trunk using your hand. As you peel the panel back, you will expose the backside of the taillight.

  • Hold the tail light socket assembly and turn it counterclockwise to loosen it before pulling to release it. Remove the bulb from the socket by pulling it gently. Insert a new bulb by gently sliding it into the socket.

  • Reinsert the taillight socket assembly into place and turn it clockwise to secure it. Reattach the side panel on the inside of the trunk before tightening the fastener. Use the screwdriver to turn the fastener clockwise until it is tight.

  • Test the newly replaced taillight to ensure it is working properly.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always wear latex gloves when handling a vehicle's bulbs. The oil from your bare skin can cause the bulb's glass to shatter.

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