Corner lights or side markers function is to provide enough lighting when changing lanes or making sudden turns. It helps you communicate your current position and next action to the other drivers on the road. These lights help us avoid accidents and it's important that they work properly. Fender-benders, burnt out lights and exposure to sunlight are factors to consider when replacing them.
We have prepared the tools, tips and steps to help you change and install a new set of corner lights.
Difficulty Level: Easy
Tools that You'll Need:
- A set of screwdrivers
- Replacement corner lights
- Consult your vehicle's owner's manual its model and make before purchasing a replacement part. It's important to know the exact type and part that you're replacing
- Always wear recommended safety equipment like closed-toe shoes, an industrial-grade dusk mask, safety goggles and gloves.
Step 1: Open your vehicle's hood and look under the bumper to locate the corner light's housing.
Step 2: Once you've located the light's housing, disconnect the wire from the corner light's back.
Step 3: Turn the thumbscrew to detach the housing. Using your Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the entire housing assembly.
Step 4: Carefully remove the corner lights to avoid damage to the wires still connected to it.
Step 5: Turn the bulb socket counter-clockwise to dislodge it from the light's housing assembly. Pull the bulb away from the socket by grasping it firmly.
Step 6: Check the replacement parts before installing them on your vehicle. Make sure that all the parts have been accounted for.
Step 7: Install the new set of corner lights and reconnect the wire before mounting it.
Step 8: Apply the appropriate torque on its mounting screws and avoid over-tightening them.
Step 9: Turn on your vehicle to verify if the new corner lights are working.
Step 10: Repeat steps 1 to 9 for your vehicle's other side.
Installing a set of corner lights will take about 30 minutes for an expert DIYer and around an hour for a beginner. Always stay safe and have fun!