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#1 (permalink) Old 12-27-2008, 12:50 PM
 
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Tail light change

I am putting this information here in case I need it again.. :-)

I had a taillight go out and I got it at Wal*mart for like $2.50 for two. It is a Phillips P21/5W bulb. Pretty easy change.
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WHAT!? A tail light go out on a such a new car! OH MY! Take it to the dealer and DEMAND that they give you a new car since you obviously got a lemon! The nerve of Smart for selling such a shoddy car.

OK, got my comedy relief out of the way for today.

For those who don't think you can replace a bulb, just like dcrooks said - it is simple AND the directions are outlined in your owner's manual. Page 259? I think. Don't pay someone to do something so simple.
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WHAT!? A tail light go out on a such a new car! OH MY! Take it to the dealer and DEMAND that they give you a new car since you obviously got a lemon! The nerve of Smart for selling such a shoddy car.

OK, got my comedy relief out of the way for today.

For those who don't think you can replace a bulb, just like dcrooks said - it is simple AND the directions are outlined in your owner's manual. Page 259? I think. Don't pay someone to do something so simple.
I had a defective taillight too...When we removed the back of the car to install the trailer hitch, the bulb broke as it hit the concrete. smart should have dipped the bulbs in rubber so they wouldn't break when dropped!

It took longer to figure out what "standard" bulb was the right one to purchase than it did to do the repair. The numbers on the bulb don't match anything in the Autozone computer.

Assuming you haven't removed the whole back half of the car, it only takes seconds to get to the bulb via the access panels in the back of the car.
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I am putting this information here in case I need it again.. :-)

I had a taillight go out and I got it at Wal*mart for like $2.50 for two. It is a Phillips P21/5W bulb. Pretty easy change.
dcrooks. Thanks for this post. You saved this member a lot of hassle.

I paid $2.88 at Wal-Mart, and got an exact GE replacement. With manual in hand, changed out the bulb in a couple of min.

There are other bulbs sold by the chain auto parts stores that will fit, but the wattage is 26 instead of 21W. Over heating of the tail light plastic could be a risk with these. A2Jack
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Fixing a rear light bulb

Thanks for the tip on the ease of changing a rear light bulb. Did it in minutes. Shame of it all was in attempt to get the panel off broke part of the red cover. Won't do that again. Was able to glue it back together.
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Once you are doing bulb replacement... way not add extra screw to hold ass'y in place.
There is hole in body panel and screw cavity in taillights ass'y. Once smart ages say 10 yrs that foam gasket around taillights will leak water... rust will follow. Got this problem with 1996 Saab 900 already.
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