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Chevrolet Cruze Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a brake, reverse, turn signal, parking light or rear side marker bulb in a 2011-2015 GM Chevy Cruze.

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Paul B. Michaels
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Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2013 Cruze Tail Light
Open Trunk Lid
Pry Out Screw Covers
This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and possibly the 2015 model year) GM Chevrolet Cruze in changing a burnt out brake, turn signal, reverse, parking light or rear side marker bulb in the tail light assemblies.

Owners of other General Motors vehicles such as the Spark, Sonic, Volt, Malibu, Camaro, Corvette, Impala, Equinox, Traverse, Suburban, Tahoe, Avalanche, Colorado, Silverado, Express, Cadillac ATS, XTS, CTS, SRX, Escalade, Buick Verano, Regal, LaCrosse, Encore, GMC Sierra, Terrain, Acadia, Yukon and Savana may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

Replacement tail light bulbs with their part numbers are as follows: Brake & Parking Lights # 3057, Turn Signal # 7440A or 7440NA, Reverse # 921 and Rear Side Marker # 194.

The tools needed to replace the tail light bulbs include a small flathead screwdriver and a Phillips head screwdriver.

To replace the parking light bulb, you'll just need the flat head screwdriver.

2 Phillips Head Screws
Remove Upper Screw
Lower Phillips Head Screw
The first two steps are to pop open the trunk lid and move to the side of your Cruze with the burnt out tail light bulb.

Pry off the two grey round plastic screw covers along the inner edge of the tail light housing that were hidden by the trunk lid with the small flathead screwdriver.

Remove the two screws behind the covers with the Phillips head screwdriver by turning them counter clockwise. Set the screws aside in a safe place.

Pull Off Tail Light Housing
Turn Over Assembly
Brake Light Bulb Socket
Carefully pull the tail light assembly straight off the rear of the vehicle. If you have trouble removing it, try gently wiggling the housing back and forth while pulling.

Turn the housing over and rest it on the bumper. Place a towel in between the tail light and bumper to avoid scratching the paint or the plastic lens.

On the back of the tail light, you'll see four light bulb sockets including the brake, turn signal, reverse and rear side marker bulbs.

1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
Pull Out Old Brake Bulb
1/4 Turn Clockwise
Rotate the large black brake light bulb socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old brake light bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 3057 or 3057K bulb.

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

1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
Pull Out Old Reverse Bulb
# 7440A Turn Signal Bulb
The light grey reverse light bulb socket is located at the bottom inner corner of the tail light.

Rotate the socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.

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 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Next to the reverse bulb socket is the light tan/yellow turn signal bulb socket.

Rotate the turn signal bulb socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out of the housing. Pull out the old bulb and push in a new amber colored # 7440A or 7440NA bulb.


1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Rear Side Marker Bulb
Line Up Pegs & Holes
Re-insert the turn signal bulb socket in to the assembly and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to lock it in place.

The small black rear side marker light bulb socket is located at the outer edge of the housing.

Rotate the side marker bulb socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out. Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 194 bulb.

(If necessary, you may also use any other miniature wedge base bulb such as the # 168, 175, 2825, W5W or a brighter LED unit.)

Line up the two black metal pegs or "spikes" on the rear of the tail light housing with the corresponding holes on the rear corner of the vehicle.

Push On Tail Light Housing
Replace Two Phillips Screws
Push In Screw Covers
Gently push the tail light housing back in to place until it is flush with the vehicle's metal body panels.

Re-insert the two screws and tighten them with the Phillips head screwdriver by turning them clockwise until they are snug.

Do not over tighten the screws to avoid cracking the plastic tail light housing.

Flip up the two screw covers and push them back in to place.

Parking Light In Trunk Lid
Carpet Trunk Lid Cover
Pry Out Center of Fastener
The parking light bulb is located in a separate housing on the trunk lid.

Remove the round black plastic pop rivet fasteners on the carpet trunk lid liner by first prying out the smaller center piece with a flathead screwdriver and then pull out the entire fastener.

Remove Plastic Fastener
Pull Out Other Pop Rivet
Pull Off Trunk Latch Cover
Remove the fasteners all around the housing with the burnt out parking light bulb.

Pull off the black plastic cover from the trunk lid locking latch mechanism.

Fasteners & Cover Removed
Pull Back Trunk Lid Carpet
1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
Pull back the carpet trunk lid liner to access the green parking light bulb socket.

Rotate the socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.

Remove Bulb Socket
Pull Old Bulb Straight Out
Re-Insert Bulb Socket
Pull the old parking light bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 3057 bulb.

Re-insert the socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to lock it in place.

1/4 Turn Clockwise
Push On Trunk Latch Cover
Push In Pop Rivet Fasteners
Push the trunk lid liner back in to place and pop the black plastic latch cover over the mechanism.

Double check that the latch cover is securely in place.

Make sure that the center piece of each black plastic pop rivet fastener is raised up.

Push In Center of Fasteners
Trunk Lid Liner Replaced
Test New Tail Light Bulbs
Re-insert the fasteners in through the trunk lid liner and in to holes in the metal trunk lid.

Push the center piece of each fastener in to secure them in place. Close the trunk.

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

For more, check out my other Chevrolet Cruze Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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