I watched out my front window as my son drove away on his way to work. As he approached the stop sign, I noticed that one of the brake lights was out. I knew an opportunity had just presented itself for a little father son bonding, automobile maintenance education, and a lesson in saving money.
My son and I were going to change the burnt out brake light together.
Replacement Bulb Type
The first step was to determine what kind of bulb we needed. I had my son retrieve the owner’s manual from the glove compartment of the car. I flipped to the table of contents scanning for the vehicle maintenance section. Within those pages was a chart that listed the bulb type for each function of the vehicle. It listed the rear brake light type as 3157, which I wrote on a piece of paper and put in my pocket. I had to go to Walmart for a few things anyway, so while we were there we visited the automotive section and found the correct replacement bulb. A package of two cost just over $5.
Replacing the Bulb
Once we got home, I had him search the owner’s manual for information regarding how to replace the bulb. In the same vehicle maintenance section, just a page away from the replacement bulb table, were instructions on how to remove the rear light assembly of the vehicle. Once that was complete, we were able to easily remove the old bulb, and plug in the new one.
Make Sure It Works
Once we got the light assembly installed back in it’s place, I had my son stand at the back of the vehicle while I hit the brake pedal. He gave me the thumbs up indicating the light worked.
I called a nearby Jiffy Lube and got a quote of $8 to have them replace my brake light. The cost for me to do it myself was $2.50 for a single bulb (saving one for the next time). While $5.50 may not seem like a huge savings, the biggest savings was in time. I was already going to a store that sold the bulbs, and it took me less than 5 minutes to install it.
Checking your vehicle’s lights periodically is a good idea. Changing burnt out bulbs yourself with the help of your owner’s manual is a great idea.
Do you change your vehicle’s light bulbs? Have you ever looked to see if all the information you need is in your owner’s manual?
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