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How to Replace the Rear Signal Lights in a Pontiac Grand Am

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Keeping your Pontiac Grand Am's rear signal lights in working order is extremely important. If one ever burns out or breaks, you can install a new one in just a few minutes. Please note, these instructions don't apply to Grand Am models made before 1992.

Take the keys out of the ignition and set the parking brake for safety. Also, make sure the headlamp control is in the "OFF" position.

Open the trunk using the driver's side trunk release latch or by manually unlocking it.

Peel the carpeted trunk trim away from the trunk's interior wall.

Remove the four wing nuts that fasten the taillight assembly to the car. Place the nuts in your pocket or a small bag for safekeeping.

Lift the rear combination light assembly away from your Grand Am's body. Press the five restraining tabs to release the assembly plate from the lens cover.

Pull the defective bulb directly out of its socket and replace it with the new bulb. Once it's secure, press the assembly plate back into place.

Activate the new turn signal to make sure it's working. If the bulb lights up, attach the lens cover, fasten the wing nuts and replace the trunk trim.


  • The stop, tail and rear turn signal lights are all housed in your Grand Am's taillight assembly. If you don't know which bulb to replace, see the diagram in Section 6 of your owner's manual.

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