Acura TL Rear Light Removalby Daniel Valladares
Removing the rear light assembly on an Acura TL is a necessary procedure if you wish to install a new set of tail lights or simply replace a burned-out bulb. The process of removing the rear light itself is very simple; however, the rear bumper must be removed, which is a bit more challenging. You will need a socket wrench, a slotted screwdriver and a Phillips screwdriver to remove the bumper and the tail light.
Removing the Rear Bumper
Turn the vehicle's engine off if the car is running and open the trunk.
Pop out the two tabs on the edge of the trunk using a slotted screwdriver. Use a socket wrench to remove the two bolts underneath the tabs.
Remove the six clips underneath the edge of the bumper using a slotted screwdriver. You might need to use considerable force to remove the clips.
Remove the two screws on the underside corners of the bumper. Behind the two rear wheels is a bracket that holds the bumper to the vehicle. This bracket is held in by two screws. Remove the two screws with a Phillips screwdriver and remove the bracket. Before you remove the screws, brace the bumper so that it does not fall to the ground when you remove the brackets.
Remove the Rear Lights
Open the trunk lid. Remove the trunk trim panel.
Disconnect the two connectors from the tail light assembly.
Remove the three mounting nuts and screws from the tail light assembly and pull the assembly from the vehicle. If you wish to remove an individual bulb, simply rotate it counterclockwise to remove.
- "Acura TL Haynes Repair Manual 1999-2008"; Haynes; 2010
Things You'll Need
- Slotted screwdriver
- Socket wrench
- Phillips screwdriver
Daniel Valladares began his career as a medical writer in 2008. He has written patient education brochures for several pharmaceutical companies and has worked as an auto mechanic at Kim's Speedy Auto Service since 2007. Valladares holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Rice University and is currently studying to become a personal trainer.