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Mitsubishi Lancer Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out brake, turn signal, reverse, parking or side marker bulb in a 2008-2015 Mitsubishi Lancer.

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2015 Lancer Tail Light
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Open Trunk Lid
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Two Phillips Head Screws

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the eighth generation (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015) Mitsubishi Lancer in changing a burnt out brake, rear turn signal, side marker, parking or reverse bulb in the tail light assemblies.

Owners of other Mitsubishi vehicles such as the Mirage, Lancer Evolution ("Evo"), Outlander, 3000GT, Diamante, Eclipse, Endeavor, Galant, Montero, ASX, Triton L200 and Raider may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

Replacement bulbs with their part numbers are as follows: Brake # 7443, Rear Turn Signal # 7440, Side Marker # 2825, Parking Light # 2825 and Reverse Light # 7440.

The only tools needed to replace the bulbs is a Phillips head screwdriver and either an automotive panel pry tool or a flathead screwdriver.

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Loosen 2nd Phillips Screw
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Two Screws Removed
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Pull Off Tail Light Housing
The first two steps are to open the trunk lid and then move to the side of the vehicle with the burnt out tail light bulb.

Remove the two screws along the inner edge of the tail light housing by turning them counterclockwise with a Phillips head screwdriver.

Set the two screws aside in a safe place.

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Gently Pry At Outer Edge
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Turn Over Housing
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Brake Light Bulb Socket
The tail light housing is still held in place to the car by two metal pegs or "spikes" inserted in to plastic grommets.

Try to pull the tail light housing straight off the rear corner of the vehicle.

If you have trouble removing the tail light housing, very carefully pry along the outer edge of the housing with a plastic automotive panel pry bar tool or a flathead screwdriver covered with a thin cloth.

Avoid using excessive force to prevent from cracking or breaking off the plastic outer lip of the tail light housing.

Turn over the housing and rest it on the bumper to access the bulb sockets.

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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Remove Bulb Socket
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Pull Out Old Bulb
The Brake Light bulb socket is located at the inner edge of the housing closest to the trunk.

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

Pull the old brake light bulb straight out of the socket.

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Push In New # 7443 Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Turn Signal Bulb Socket
Push a new # 7443 bulb straight in to the socket.

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

The Rear Turn Signal bulb socket is located near the center of the housing.

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

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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Pull Out Old Bulb
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Push In New # 7440 Bulb
Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 7440 bulb.
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Side Marker Bulb Socket
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Pull Out Old # W5W Bulb
Re-insert the bulb socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

The Rear Side Marker bulb socket is located at the outer edge of the tail light housing.

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

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 2825 (or # W5W) bulb.

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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Metal Pegs & Grommets
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Push On Tail Light Housing
Re-insert the side marker bulb socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Line up the two metal pegs or "spikes" on the back side of the housing with their corresponding plastic grommets on the rear corner of the vehicle.

Carefully push the housing back in to place.



 

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Re-Insert Phillips Screws
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Tighten Screws Clockwise
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Reverse & Parking Light
Re-insert the two Phillips head screws along the inner edge of the housing and tighten them in the clockwise direction.

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

The Reverse and Parking Light bulbs are located in a separate housing attached to the trunk lid.

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Trunk Lid Carpet Liner
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Pry Out Center of Pop Rivet
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Remove Plastic Fastener
Open the trunk lid and locate the plastic pop rivet fasteners on the carpeted trunk lid liner.

Gently pry out the center part of each pop rivet with a small flathead screwdriver before removing the entire fastener.

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Pry Out Other Pop Rivet
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3 Pop Rivets Removed
Remove at least three of the pop rivets surrounding the inner tail light housing.

Set the fasteners aside in a safe place.

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Pull Back Trunk Lid Liner
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Reverse Bulb Socket
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Gently pull back the trunk lid liner to access the bulb sockets.

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

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Pull Out Old Reverse Bulb
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Push In New # 7440 Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 7440 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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Parking Light Bulb Socket
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Pull Out Old # W5W Bulb
Rotate the small parking light bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 2825 (or # W5W) bulb.

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Re-Insert Bulb Socket
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Replace Trunk Lid Liner
Re-insert the parking light bulb socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Push the trunk lid liner back in to place.

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Re-Insert Fasteners
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Pop In Center Part - Secure
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Replace Other Pop Rivets
Re-insert the pop rivets and push in the center piece to secure each fastener in place.
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3rd Fastener Secured
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Test New Tail Light Bulbs
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Testing Reverse Light Bulbs
Test the new tail light bulbs by having someone step on the brake pedal, activate the hazard signals and place the transmission in reverse.

For more, check out my other 2008-2015 Mitsubishi Lancer DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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