How to Change a Brake Light

Car brake lights

Is one of your brake lights not working on your Ford? To avoid a collision, the cars behind you must know when you’re stopping. That’s why working brake lights are legally required on Latham streets and beyond. So, if your brake lights are burnt out, you need to either schedule service or learn how to change a brake light yourself at home. Are you ready to learn how to replace a brake light with this helpful guide from Ford of Latham? If so, keep reading.


Learn How to Replace a Brake Light in Three Steps

Follow the three easy steps below to learn how to change a brake light, and you’ll be back driving around on Albany roads without fear of causing a collision.

  1. Get the Right Brake Light Bulbs: First, you need to figure out what kind of brake light your Ford requires. Contact our parts center at Ford of Latham, or check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for the proper size and voltage.
  2. Remove Your Car’s Brake Light Housing: Once you have the correct replacement bulb, you’ll need to remove the plastic cover that houses the brake light bulbs. Typically, you can use either a simple Phillips-head screwdriver or a drill. If the screws are rusty, you may need to apply some penetrating oil. After you’ve removed the cover, it’s time to take out the old bulb.
  3. Replace the Old Brake Light With a New One: Apply dielectric grease to the connecting end of the new lightbulb to prevent it from rusting and make it easier to remove the new bulb when you have to change it again later. Install the new brake light bulb, and then reattach the housing.

Pro Tip: Brake lights are installed at the same time, so if one of your brake lights is out, chances are the other will go out relatively soon as well. Since you already have the tools and an extra bulb on hand, replace your other brake light to avoid repeating this process in the next week or so.


Routinely Check Your Tail Lights and Brake Lights

Are taillights and brake lights the same? The answer is no. The brake system triggers the brake lights to come on while the front headlights activate the taillights. They are separate bulbs, although they may be in the same plastic housing on your Ford. Tail lights aren’t as bright as brake lights because they are designed to work in foggy or dark conditions. Want to learn more safety tips for your drives around Schenectady? We’re here for you!


Ford of Latham is Always at Your Service

Now that you know how to replace a brake light, if you need help with your vehicle’s brake lights, or any other service tasks, contact our service center. Our Ford Certified Technicians are ready to take care of all your vehicle maintenance and repairs needs. We are conveniently located near Clifton Park. Check out our service coupons and contact us today!

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