AutoInstruct presents a guide on changing the rear tail / brake lights on a Holden VE Commodore. This guide is useful when changing to aftermarket or SSV style tail lights.
These steps can also be followed when looking to change brake, reverse or indicator globes. Check your owners manual for the exact globe require for your vehicle.
- Trim Removal Tools
- Small Socket Set
Remove the four screw hooks holding the plastic boot trim in place. Some models have plastic clips which need to be removed with a trim removal tool.
With the four screw hooks removed, pull firmly upwards to disengage the remaining clips. Remove the trim from the vehicle.
Using your trim removal tools, remove the three carpet clips on the drivers side of the vehicle.
Remove each globe socket (with the globe) from the tail light. These will be transferred to the new housing.
Stop here and reverse steps if you are simply replacing a light globe.
The tail light is held in place with three nuts, remove each of these with a small spanner or socket.
With the nuts and globes removed, pull the tail light firmly towards you horizontally to detach it from the vehicle. There are two clips attaching the tail light to the bumper that will disengage.
The new tail light is installed by simply reversing the process. Slide it into place, attach the nuts and globe fittings, then ensure the connector is clipped onto the tail light as pictured.
Lastly reinstall the carpet and trim, ensuring the boot seal is on top of the trim and not pinched below it.