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Replacing the Globes

How to replace the globes on a car

Changing a globe is an easy task. It is important to work out which globe is faulty (the stop light, indicator light, park light, etc). Go to the tail lamp with the faulty globe and determine the route to the globe – the model of your car will determine the method used to get to the globe. On most light duty vehicles the tail lamp is secured with screws. Use a Phillips or flat screwdriver to undo these screws and remove the cover to gain access to the faulty globe.

However, if the vehicle concerned has the globe holders in the boot, then the following steps apply:

Open the boot and pull back any carpeting or covers that may be covering the back housing of the tail lamp. This will give you visual access to the globe holder and you will be able to see if the holder has screws or clips securing it to the tail lamp main housing.

Remove the complete globe holder by unscrewing or unclipping it. When a globe fails, it normally displays a blue / black discolouration, or the filaments will not be connected. Check all of the globes in the globe holder for faulty globes.

Remove the faulty globe and replace it with a new one. Ensure that the replacement globe is the same voltage and pin design as the globe being replaced. You can check these details on the globe itself, they will be etched onto the globe base.

Test the new globe to ensure that it operates correctly. Replace the globe holder into its correct position and secure using the screws or clips removed in STEP 2.

Replace the surrounding carpeting or covering removed in STEP 1.

It is important to check that your vehicle’s lights are all in good working order on a regular basis. Get into the habit of occasionally glancing at your vehicle’s lights in the reflection of shop windows at night. You can also ask someone to stand in front of and behind your vehicle and do a systematic check of all the lights.

Next time you are in an AutoZone store, remember to purchase a few extra globes to store in your glove compartment or toolbox. This way if a globe fails, you will have a spare globe handy. Alternatively, ask for our emergency Ecotech Globe Kit, which has the following components:

  • 1 x 12V 60/55W P43T H4
  • 1 x 12V 21W BAU15S S25
  • 1 x 12V 21/5W BAY 15D S25
  • 1 x 12V 5W WEDGE T10
  • 1 x 12V 5W BA15S G18.5
  • 1 x 12V 5W SV8.5 10X36
  • 1 x 5A Plug-in Fuse
  • 1 x 10A Plug-in Fuse
  • 1 x 25A Plug-in Fuse

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