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Replacing Tail Lights On A
2000 Chevy Cavalier

(Covers Model Years 1995 to 2005)

In This Article:

Bulb sockets are unscrewed and light bulbs are pulled straight out.

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Skill Level: 1 (Very Basic)

Time Taken: About 15 Minutes

By Jim Wilk, Licensed Auto Body Technician


This 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier has two tail light lens assemblies... one in the trunk lid and one in the rear side panel.

Tail light on Chevy Cavalier.


Removing bulb socket for backup lights, Chevy Cavalier.

First I removed the bulb socket from the back up lens on trunk lid.

I was able to reach inside with my thumb and press in the lock tab (green arrow) and twist the bulb socket counter clock-wise to remove it.


View of bulb and socket.

To replace the #3157 bulb, pull it straight out.

Replacing backup light bulb, Chevy Cavalier.


Removing cargo net in trunk, Chevy Cavalier. To remove the turn signal bulb and lens located in the rear panel, I had to remove the cargo net that was mounted to the side panel. 


Then I unscrewed the cargo net tie-down by hand. Removing cargo net mounting anchor, Chevy Cavalier.


Cargo net mounting bolt. View of cargo net mounting bolt.


To remove the bulb socket, I reached in with my hand, pressed the lock tab inwards (red arrow) and turned the socket counter-clock wise. Removing turn signal or tail light bulb, Chevy cavalier.


Tail light bulb and socket removed from car, Chevy. Then the bulb could be removed from the tail light lens, which the wire was still attached.

To replace the #3157 bulb, I pulled it straight out of the socket.


If I had to remove the tail light housing (lens) I would remove the three 10mm nut (green arrows). Tail light housing mounting bolts.


More Info:

Tools Used:

  • None

Materials Used:

  • Clear Light Bulbs, #3157

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Written October 8, 2009