Saturday, November 20, 2010

How do I change the tail light on a 2005 Chevy Cobalt LT?

The 2005 Chevy Cobalt LT has a single, triangular tail lamp assembly on each rear corner of the vehicle. (Not the more common pair of circular lights on other models.)



Opening the trunk reveals two screws attaching the tail lamp assembly to the car. Removing the two screws allows the assembly to wiggle a little bit, but the assembly cannot be pulled away from the car to disconnect the wiring harness or access the bulbs.



The Pioneer sub woofer limits how far I can pull the trunk carpet wall back, but I have felt for any other retention clips, screws, or wire harnesses. I cannot find anything else to disconnect.



I have gradually increased my pulling force with no success. I have tried sliding the assembly in different directions to un-lock any slide-and-lock style retainers with no success. I have tried removing the passenger-side tail light assembly, but have the same problem.How do I change the tail light on a 2005 Chevy Cobalt LT?
It's under warranty take it to your local dealership and say fix it leave the subs they have to work around it.How do I change the tail light on a 2005 Chevy Cobalt LT?
take the sub box out twist th harness and the bulb and it should come outHow do I change the tail light on a 2005 Chevy Cobalt LT?
Hello fellow Cobalt owner. Try posting your question in yourcobalt.com. Lots of helpful people on that site and plenty of do-it-yourselfers. Also, does the owners manual , page 5-51 help at all?How do I change the tail light on a 2005 Chevy Cobalt LT?
www.autozone.comHow do I change the tail light on a 2005 Chevy Cobalt LT?
Backup Lamp Assembly Replacement



1

Cover, Backup Lamp



Tip Press the tab on the cover to remove from the decklid.



2

Nut, Backup Lamp (Qty: 3)



Tip If only replacing the bulb, turn the bulb socket assembly and pull out of the lamp assembly. This can be done from inside of the rear compartment lid, without removing the lamp from the vehicle.



Tighten 10 N路m (89 lb in)



3

Lamp Assembly, Backup



Tip Disconnect the electrical connector.



Tail Lamp Assembly Replacement



4

Nut, Tail Lamp (Qty: 3)



Tip If only replacing the bulb, turn the bulb socket assembly and pull out of the lamp assembly. This can be done from inside of the rear compartment, without removing the lamp assembly.



Tighten 10 N路m (89 lb in)



5

Lamp, Tail



Tip Disconnect the electrical connector to remove the lamp from the quarter panel.



Side Marker Lamp Assembly Replacement



6

Screw, Side Marker (Qty: 1)



Tighten 2 N路m (18 lb in)



7

Lamp, Side Marker



Tip Disconnect the electrical connector to remove the lamp from the fasciaHow do I change the tail light on a 2005 Chevy Cobalt LT?
take it to a mechanic

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