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I have a 2018 Equinox that needs new tail light and turn signal bulbs. When I took the tail light assembly off, I found the whole thing to be sealed up. No access to replace the bulbs. Surely, I donít have to buy a whole assembly to replace burned out bulbs?!
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-09-2019, 08:42 PM
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I have a 2018 Equinox that needs new tail light and turn signal bulbs. When I took the tail light assembly off, I found the whole thing to be sealed up. No access to replace the bulbs. Surely, I don’t have to buy a whole assembly to replace burned out bulbs?!

Wow, another great idea by GM on how to sell expensive OEM parts. Fortunately, except in your case, light bulbs tend to have a pretty long life.


But, you should still be covered under the BtB warranty...hopefully !


What Model do you have ? Here is a video that shows how to replace the bulbs -


https://www.carcarekiosk.com/video/2...hts/tail_light


Maybe you have to Premier, and that may be different due to the LED bulbs - which "ought" to last way longer.

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I had both an LT and still have a Premier. Both 2018s. The LT had the traditional, "twist to remove" bulb sockets with incandescent bulbs. The Premier tail light assembly is completely sealed and as I remember I determined that the complete assembly would have to be replaced if there was ever a malfunction. We picked up the premier in Aug. 2017 and have had no problem with the tail lights. Since the LEDs are supposedly to last 50,000 (?) hours, I don't predict any problems during our ownership. I would check if the warranty covers this premature failure.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-10-2019, 09:17 AM
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Just to clarify any car with LED's rear lights or front or mirror lights are going to run into the same issue. This is across all manufactures not just GM. In the future this might change but now its a expensive piece to replace if the LED dies.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-10-2019, 09:30 AM
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That is weird that the Premier is fully sealed LED whereas my 19' Denali has LED brake/running lights but the turn signal and reverse bulbs are standard halogens and can be replaced.

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There seems to be no rhyme or reason why some manufactures have full LED then some have miss match of them. I seen Audi's and Mercedes with All Led then some with incandescent bulbs for brake or turn signals. Same with Honda and Toyota. It might all come down to ease of manufacturing and cost.
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Old # was shown in your pic
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So it also looks like there is a core charge for these. So in the future you might be able to get refurbished models at a cheaper price. I did notice on my Terrain the front has screws to disassemble part of the light. So maybe they thought ahead of the cost to replace these by doing core exchanges. Still expensive to change out.
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I have a 2018 Equinox that needs new tail light and turn signal bulbs. When I took the tail light assembly off, I found the whole thing to be sealed up. No access to replace the bulbs. Surely, I donít have to buy a whole assembly to replace burned out bulbs?!

My old eyes aren't what they once were, but there appear to be 4 torx screws retaining the innards to the outer housing, perhaps a smaller 5th screw center of the two bottom torx screws. Wonder what one would find after removing those?
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