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Video tutorial on how to upgrade your brake lights to LEDs along with what the benefits. For this I am working with a 1998 Ford Ranger and AuxBeam has provided me with the bulbs required for the replacement. Bulb replacement procedures will vary between vehicles, so tail lights need to be fully removed while others have an access hatch in interior trim pieces. At the end of the tutorial I will also be showing the comparison and discussing the benefits of LED light over incandescent lights. For this particular truck, the parking and brake light combo take a single bulb model number 3157 for each tail light, so there is two bulbs required in total for the replacement.

Tools/Supplies Needed:

  • phillips screwdriver
  • replacement LED bulbs
  • brush

Step 1:

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Bulb replacement procedures will vary between vehicles, so tail lights need to be fully removed while others have an access hatch in interior trim pieces.

To remove this tail light on this particular truck, there will be four phillips screws. Lower the tail gate and there will be two on the inside. Then there will be two on the side of the light. For this particular truck, the parking and brake light combo take a single bulb model number 3157 for each tail light, so there is two bulbs required in total for the replacement.

Once those screws have been removed, pull out the tail light. This removal procedure is quite standard amongst most of the mid 90s and up Ford Rangers with some aesthetic changes.

Most tail/brake lights actually have staggered locating pins on the side, which makes it easy to get them the right way around- notice the locating pin on the left is higher than the one on the right

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DanD531 year ago

PLEASE BE CAREFULL - Changing your brake lights to LED bulbs will dis- engage your vehicle's cruise control, because the cruise control brake pedal sensor receives signal from brake lights that there is a low or non resistance in the circuit - the normal incandescent brake lights has a higher resistance than the new LED bulbs

Mohammade9 made it! DanD531 year ago

for those modern car with cruise control, we can buy LED bulbs with "CANBUS Error free" feature as following examples from e-Bay

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Mohammade91 year ago

If you use red LED chips, the light would be even sweeter ;]
I used them to my tail/brake light

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4DIYers (author)  Mohammade91 year ago

Those are really cool!

gm2801 year ago

Interesting. Years ago, before LEDs were popular, I use to take my trailer lights and paint the inside of the housings gloss white. The reflected light from the inside out was amazing in comparison.

4DIYers (author)  gm2801 year ago

That's a cool tip, I'll have to try that out on some old lights if I can get my hands on some. Thank you!