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Chevrolet Camaro Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a brake, turn signal or reverse bulb in the tail lights of a 5th generation 2010 to 2015 GM Chevy Camaro.

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2014 Camaro Tail Light
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Open Trunk Lid
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Pry Up Center of Fasteners

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fifth generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015) GM Chevrolet Camaro in changing a burnt out brake, rear turn signal or reverse bulb in the tail light housings.

Owners of other General Motors vehicles such as the Spark, Cruze, Malibu, Sonic, Impala, Traverse, Tahoe, Trax, SS, GMC Terrain, Acadia, Yukon, Buick Verano, Regal, LaCrosse, Encore, Enclave and the Holden Barina may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

Replacement tail light bulbs for the 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013 Camaro models with their part numbers are as follows: Brake & Rear Turn Signal Bulbs # 3157 and Reverse # 5008.

Replacement bulbs for the 2014 and 2015 Camaro model years with their part numbers are as follows: Brake /  Rear Turn Signal # 7443 and Reverse Bulb # 921.

The only tool needed to change the tail light bulbs on a 2014 or 2015 Camaro is a small flathead screwdriver.

To replace the reverse light bulbs in the bumper of a 2010, 2011, 2012 or 2013 Camaro will require a flathead screwdriver, a 7mm socket with a ratcheting wrench and a Torx T15 star bit screwdriver or socket.

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Pry Out Pop Rivet Fastener
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Prying Out 2nd Fastener
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Release 3rd Fastener
The two steps are to open the trunk lid and then move to the side of the vehicle with the burnt out tail light bulb.

Gently pry up the center part of the three fasteners on the plastic access panel covering the top of the tail light housing.

Then pry out the larger outer piece of each pop rivet fastener.

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3 Pop Rivets Removed
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Lift Off Plastic Access Cover
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Brake/Turn - Reverse - Brake/Turn
Set the three pop rivet fasteners aside in a safe place.

Lift the plastic cover off the top of the tail light assembly and set it aside in a safe place.

There are two combination brake and turn signal bulbs on either side of the tail light housing. The reverse light bulb is located in between the two brake and turn signal lights.

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Tail Light Bulb Sockets
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Remove Bulb Socket
Rotate the brake / turn signal bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.
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Pull Out Old Brake Bulb
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Push In New # 7443 Bulb
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Socket Opening In Housing
Pull the old brake / turn signal bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 7443 bulb.

(The OEM bulb is a clear 7444 but the 7443 is interchangeable.)

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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Reverse Bulb - Black Tab
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Re-insert the socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to lock it in place.



 

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Remove Bulb Socket
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Pull Out Old # 921 Bulb
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Push In New # 921 Bulb
Rotate the black plastic tab at the end of the middle socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise to remove the reverse light bulb.

Pull the old reverse bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 921 bulb. Re-insert the socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.


Instructions for removing the rear bumper fascia and replacing the reverse light bulb in a 2010-2013 Camaro:

Remove the 3 plastic pop rivet fasteners on the top of each tail light housing access cover. Remove the covers and set them aside in a safe place with the pop rivet fasteners.

Disconnect the wire harnesses for both tail light housings.

Remove the 7mm bolt inside the wheel well liner located just above the tire on each side of the vehicle by turning them counterclockwise.

Remove the 3 screws in each wheel well liner behind the rear tire with a Torx T15 star bit screwdriver or a socket bit. The 2014 and 2015 Camaro models have Torx T20 screws. Removing the wheels may make this step easier to complete.

Grasp the sides of the bumper fascia just behind the rear tires. Firmly but carefully pull the sides of the rear fascia straight out towards yourself to release the clips.

Place a towel or large blanket down on the floor to protect the bumper cover.

Then firmly but carefully pull the rear of the bumper cover straight off the back of the car.

You can now easily access the reverse bulb sockets.

Sylvania lists the replacement bulb as being part number 5008 which is similar to the # 1156 bayonet base bulb.

A Camaro forum member mentioned that the replacement part number is 12184. Another option is to replace the housings with the Oracle LED units from AAC (Advanced Automotive Concepts).


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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Other Brake/Turn Socket
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
To replace the other combination Brake and Turn Signal bulb on the other side of the housing, just repeat the steps.

Rotate the socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before removing it from the assembly.

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Pull Out Old # 7443 Bulb
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Push In New # 7443 Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise
Pull the old bulb out of the socket, push in a new # 7443 bulb and re-insert the socket.

(The OEM bulb was a clear 7444LL bulb but they are interchangeable with the much easier to find 7443 bulb.)

Rotate the socket 1/4 turn clockwise to lock it in place.

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Lower Down Plastic Cover
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Plastic Access Panel
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Re-Insert Plastic Fastener
Lower the plastic tail light housing covers back in to place.

Re-insert the black plastic pop rivet fasteners and the push down the smaller center piece to secure them in place.

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Pop Down Center Piece
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3 Pop Rivets Secured
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Test New Tail Light Bulbs
Test the new tail light bulbs by having someone step on the brake pedal, place the transmission in reverse and activate the hazard signals.

For more, check out my other 2010-2015 GM Chevrolet Camaro DIY Repair Guides.
 

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