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Replacing Tail Lights On A
2008 Chevy Trailblazer

(Covers Model Years 2002 to 2009)

In This Article:

Two screws are removed and the tail light assembly is pried away from the car. A small panel is removed to access the bulbs.

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Skill Level: 2 (Basic)

Time Taken: About 15 Minutes

By Jim Wilk, Licensed Auto Body Technician

Start:

The tail lights on this 2008 Chevy Trailblazer were designed to be easily removed.

Chevy Trailblazer tail light.

 

Removing tail light from 2008 Chevy Trailblazer.

I opened the lift gate and exposed the fastening screws.

Then I removed the lower Phillips screw.

 

I removed the upper screw. Removing tail light screws from Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV.

 

Prying tail light lens from car. Using a rigid putty knife covered with masking tape to prevent paint damage, I pried slightly and released the guide pins between the lens and the body.

 

Then I pulled the lens away from the metal body panel. Removing tail light plastic assembly from Chevy Trailblazer.

 

Disconnecting tail light wiring, Chevy Trailblazer. I pressed the release tab on the wire connector and pulled it out of the tail light assembly.

 

Using a Torx #T27 tip screwdriver I removed the three screws that mounted the light bulb panel to the tail light lens. Opening tail light assembly to access bulbs.

 

Tail light bulbs removed from plastic assembly. View of back of tail light lens with bulb panel removed.

To remove the bulb, I pulled it straight out.

Tail Light Bulb Number:
3157 Clear.

 

View of tail light mounting area on rear of car. Rear corner of car with tail light removed.

 

More Info:

Tools Used:

  • Basic Mechanic's Tools
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Number 27 Torx tip screwdriver
  • Rigid Putty Knife

Materials Used:

  • Masking Tape

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Written November 5, 2009