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Chevrolet Aveo Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out brake, rear turn signal, reverse or side marker light bulb in a 2007 to 2011 GM Chevy Aveo.

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Chevy Aveo Tail Light
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Open Trunk - Two Bolts
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Loosen Counterclockwise

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the revised first generation (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011) GM Chevrolet Aveo in changing a burnt out brake, rear turn signal, reverse, parking and rear side marker light bulb in the tail light assemblies.

Owners of other General Motors vehicles such as the Buick Verano, Regal, LaCrosse, Cascada, Encore, Enclave, Envision, GMC Canyon, Sierra 1500, Terrain, Yukon, Denali, Savana, Spark, Sonic, Cruze, Malibu, Impala, Volt, Camaro, Corvette, SS, Trax, Equinox, Traverse, Tahoe, Suburban, Colorado, Silverado and Express may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The replacement light bulb part numbers are as follows: Brake # 1157, Rear Turn Signal # 1157NA (also 1156A or PY21W), Parking # 1157 and Side Marker # 2825.

The only tool to access and replace the bulbs is an 8mm socket with a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench or a Phillips head screwdriver.

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Loosen With 8mm Socket
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Or Use Phillips Head
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Two Screws Removed
The first two steps are to open the trunk and then move to the side of the car with the burnt out tail light bulb.

Locate the two screws on the inner edge of the tail light housing.

Remove the two screws by turning them counterclockwise with an 8mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench.

You may also use a Phillips head screwdriver.

Set the two screws aside in a safe place.

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Pull Off Tail Light Housing
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Turn Over To Access Sockets
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Pull the tail light housing straight off the rear corner of the vehicle.

The tail light is still held in place by a metal peg or "spike" inserted in to a plastic grommet.

If necessary, you may need to pry along the outer edge of the housing with a plastic automotive panel removal tool to separate it from the car.

Turn over the tail light assembly to access the six light bulb sockets.

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Bulb Socket Removed
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Push Down & 1/4 Turn CC
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Insert New # 1157 Bulb
To replace any of the large bulbs, just rotate the bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

Then push the old bulb down in to the socket and rotate it 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the socket.

Push a new bulb down in to the socket and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

The brake and parking light bulbs are part number 1157.

The amber colored rear turn signal light bulb is part number 1157NA.



 

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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Side Marker Bulb Socket
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Turn Signal Bulb Socket
To replace the rear sidemarker bulb, rotate the small grey plastic socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 2825 bulb. You may also use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the 168, W5W, 158, 194 or an LED.

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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I only had to replace one bulb, but if I remember correctly, it seems that the Aveo has two brake and parking light bulbs.

There are a total of six bulb sockets including the brake / parking, a 2nd brake / parking light, the rear turn signal, the reverse bulb, the side marker and a single filament parking light bulb.

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Line Up Peg & Grommet
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Push On Tail Light Assembly
To replace the tail light housing, line up the metal peg or "spike" on the back of the assembly with its corresponding plastic grommet on the rear corner of the car.

Push the tail light assembly back in to place.

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Re-Insert Two Screws
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Tighten Clockwise
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Test New Tail Light Bulbs
Tighten the two screws in the clockwise direction by using the 8mm socket and 1/4" drive ratcheting wrench or a Phillips head screwdriver until they are snug.

Try to avoid over tightening the screws to prevent from cracking the black plastic inner edge of the tail light housing.

Test the new tail light bulbs by having someone turn on the headlights, step on the brake pedal, activate the hazard signals and place the transmission in reverse.

For more, check out my other 2007-2011 GM Chevrolet Aveo DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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