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Chevrolet Silverado Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out brake, turn signal or reverse bulb in the tail lights of a 2007-2013 GM Chevy Silverado 1500.

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Silverado Tail Light Housing
Open Tailgate
Remove Phillips Screw

This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 2nd generation (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013) Chevrolet Silverado 1500 in replacing a burnt out brake, turn signal or reverse bulbs in the tail light assemblies.

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

A replacement bulb for any of the tail lights is part # 3047 or 3047K from manufacturers such as Sylvania, Eiko, and GE.

The only tool needed to access the tail light bulbs is a standard Phillips head screwdriver.

Remove 2nd Screw
Two Phillips Head Screws
Pull Off Tail Light Housing
The first two steps are to open the truck's cargo bed tailgate and move to the side with the burnt out tail light bulb.

Then remove the two Phillips head screws on the inner edge that were hidden by the tail gate by turning them counter clockwise.

Gently pull the tail light assembly straight off the rear corner of the truck.

Spikes & Sockets
Turn Over Tail Light
Grasp Bulb Socket
The tail light housing is also held in place by two spikes or pegs on the near the outer edge. If you have trouble removing the housing, try gently wiggling it back and forth or up and down a few times while pulling it straight off.

Turn the tail light assembly over and rest it on the bumper.

The brake light and turn signal bulbs are located at the top and bottom of the housing. The reverse light bulb is at the middle of the housing.

1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
Pull Out Bulb Socket
Pull Bulb Straight Out
To access any of the three bulbs, grasp the socket and rotate it 1/4 turn counter clockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 3047 or 3047K bulb.


Old # 3047K Light Bulb
Re-Insert Bulb Socket
1/4 Turn Clockwise
Re-insert the bulb and socket back in to the assembly and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.
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Repeat the process for the other two bulbs if you need to change them as well.
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Line Up Pegs & Holes
Push Tail Light In Place
Insert Phillips Head Screws
To re-install the tail light housing, line up the two spikes on the back of the housing with the two holes on the truck.

Gently push the tail light housing back in place.

Tighten Upper Screw
Tighten Lower Screw
Test New Tail Light Bulbs
Insert the two screws in to the inner edge of the tail light housing and tighten them with the screwdriver by turning them clockwise until they are snug. Do not over tighten the screws or you risk cracking the plastic housing.

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

For more, check out my other 2007-2013 Chevy Silverado Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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