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Chevrolet Impala Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out brake / turn signal, reverse or parking light bulb in a 2014 to 2018 GM Chevy Impala.

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2014 Impala Tail Lights
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Open Trunk Lid
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Pry Out Pop Rivet Fastener

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the tenth generation (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018) GM Chevy Impala in changing a burnt out combination brake / rear turn signal bulb, reverse bulb or parking light bulb in the tail light assemblies.

Owners of other General Motors vehicles such as the Malibu, Cruze, Camaro, Sonic, Spark, Volt, Corvette, Trax, Equinox, Traverse, Tahoe, Suburban, SS Sedan, Bolt, Colorado, Silverado, Buick Verano, Regal, LaCrosse, Cascada, Encore, Envision, Enclave, Canyon, Sierra 1500, Terrain, Acadia, Yukon, Savana, ATS, CTS, XTS, CT6, XT5, SRX and Escalade may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The compatible replacement light bulb part numbers are as follows: Brake / Rear Turn Signal # 7443, Reverse # 7440 and Parking Light # 194.

The tools needed to access and replace the light bulbs include a pop rivet removal tool and/or a flathead screwdriver.

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Twist Off Counterclockwise
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Lower Cargo Net Hook
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2 Hooks & 1 Pop Rivet
The first two steps are to open the trunk lid and then move to the side of the car with the burnt out tail light bulb.

There are two round plastic pop rivets and two cargo net hooks holding the carpeted trunk liner in place to the rear corner of the trunk.

Use a pop rivet pry bar tool, a flathead screwdriver or a pair of needle nose pliers to gently pull out the two pop rivets.

Remove the two cargo net hooks by turning them counterclockwise.

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Pry Out Upper Pop Rivet
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2 Pop Rivets & 2 Hooks
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Pull Back Trunk Liner
Set the two pop rivets and the cargo net hooks aside in a safe place.

Gently pull back the trunk's carpet liner to reveal the two bulb sockets.

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Brake Light Bulb Socket
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Pull Out Old Light Bulb
The combination brake and rear turn signal light bulb socket is located at the top of the housing.

Rotate the bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket.

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Push In New W21/5W Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Remove Reverse Bulb Socket
Push a new dual filament number 7443 light bulb straight in to the socket.

Re-insert the socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

The reverse ("back up") light bulb socket is located at the bottom of the housing.

Rotate the bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out.

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Pull Out Old Light Bulb
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Push In New 7440 Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Pull the old reverse light bulb straight out of the socket.

Push a new number 7440 light bulb in to the socket.

Re-insert the bulb socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

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Replace Carpet Liner
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Push In Pop Rivet
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Replace 2nd Pop Rivet
Push the trunk carpet liner back in to place over the rear of the tail light housing.

Line up the holes in the trunk liner with their corresponding holes in the metal panel on the rear corner of the trunk.

Push the two pop rivets back in to place.



 

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Tighten Cargo Net Hook
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Turn Clockwise
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Two Cargo Net Hooks
Replace the two cargo net hooks by turning them in the clockwise direction until they are snug.
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Trunk Lid Light Housing
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Pry Out Pop Rivet
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Pull Out Stubborn Fastener
The "parking light" (or "inner tail light") bulb is located in a separate housing attached to the trunk lid.

Use the pop rivet removal tool to pry out the two pop rivet friction fasteners located closest to the light housing.

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Pry Out Rubber Bumper
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Rubber Bumper Removed
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2 Pop Rivets & Rubber Piece
To remove the rectangular shaped rubber bumper piece, gently push up the outer edge and slide it towards the center of the trunk to release the rubber pegs from their slots.

I just carefully used a screwdriver to pry off the rubber bumper cover since I wasn't aware of the slots with a larger hole and a smaller hole used to secure the small rubber pegs in place.

Set the two pop rivets and the rubber trunk bumper piece aside in a safe place.

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Pull Back Trunk Lid Liner
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Gently pull back the trunk lid liner to reveal the parking light bulb socket.

Rotate the bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.

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Old # 194 Light Bulb
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Push In New # 194 Bulb
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket.

Push a new number 194 light bulb straight in to the socket.

You can also use a brighter 194 LED bulb.

Re-insert the bulb socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

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Replace Carpet Liner
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Line Up Rubber Cover
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Push On - Slide To Left
Push the trunk lid liner back in to place.

Line up the three pegs on the back side of the rubber bumper with the larger holes in the trunk lid.

Push the rubber bumper in to place and slide it towards the center of the trunk and also the outer edge down to secure the rubber pegs in to the smaller openings.

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Push In Top Pop Rivet
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Replace Bottom Pop Rivet
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Test New Tail Light Bulbs
Push the two pop rivets back in to place.

To test the new tail light bulbs, have someone step on the brake pedal, activate the hazard signals and place the transmission in reverse.

For more, check out all of my 2014-2018 Chevrolet Impala DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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