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Chevrolet Impala Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to replace the brake light, turn signal and reverse light bulbs in a 9th generation 2006-2011 GM Chevy Impala.

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Impala Tail Light Assembly
Inside Trunk
Remove Plastic Screw

This automotive how-to guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 9th generation (2006 to 2011) Chevrolet Impala in replacing the brake light, reverse light and turn signal / parking light bulbs in the tail light assemblies.

Owners of other similar W-Body or "W" platform vehicles such as the Lumina, Monte Carlo, Buick Regal, Century, LaCrosse, Allure, Pontiac Grand Prix, and Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme may also find this guide to be useful.

The tail light assembly of a Chevy Impala contains the following bulbs with their respective part numbers: brake / stop light bulb # 3057, reverse / back up light bulb # 921, and tail light bulb # 168. Some Impala models are equipped with a rear side marker bulb which is part # 194.

The only tool needed to replace any of the tail light bulbs is a flathead screwdriver.

Plastic Screw Removed
Pull Back Plastic Cover
Trunk Trim Piece Removed
The first step is to open the trunk and move to the side of the car with the burnt out light bulb. Remove the round black plastic screw on the plastic trunk trim piece with a flathead screwdriver and pull it back. To make things easier, you can also remove the other plastic screw on the opposite side and pull off the entire black plastic trunk trim piece.
Remove Thumb Screw
Peel Back Trunk Carpet
2nd Thumb Screw Removed
Then unscrew the first black plastic thumb screw that has hooks for holding up the mesh cargo net. Turn it counter clockwise until it comes off and pull away the grey trunk carpet. Behind the trunk carpeting, you'll find the other two black plastic thumb screws that need to be removed.
3rd Thumb Screw
Thumb Screws Removed
Once all three thumb screws are removed, you can gently pull the tail light assembly off the rear of the car. If it doesn't come off easily, try tapping on the exposed bodies of the screws in the trunk while wiggling the tail light assembly.


Pull Off Tail Light
Turn Upside Down
1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
Turn the tail light assembly upside down and rest it on the bumper. It would be a good idea to put a towel underneath the tail light to protect the paint on the bumper. To remove any of the three (or four) tail light bulbs, grasp the base of the bulb and rotate it 1/4 turn counter clockwise. Pull the socket and light bulb straight out of the assembly.
Pull Bulb Straight Out
Push New Bulb In
1/4 Turn Clockwise To Secure
To remove any of the bulbs from their sockets, pull them straight out. If they don't come out easily, try gently wiggling the bulb while pulling upwards on it. Replace the burnt out bulb by pushing a new one into the socket. Insert the new bulb and socket back into the tail light assembly. Rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in the assembly.

Test the new bulbs by having someone step on the brakes, activate the turn signals and put the car in reverse.

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