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How do you Change, Replace, or Install Broken 1997-2003 Chevrolet Malibu Tail Light Replacement

Fits Years: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
All Chevrolet Malibu Tail Lights for sale


Tools required:
  • None


Step 1: Open the vehicle's trunk.

Step 2: Remove the small thumb-screw that holds the trunk liner over the tail light's mounting area.

Step 3: Pull the trunk liner back to expose the tail light mount.

Step 4: Remove the 3 thumb-screws that secure the tail light to the vehicle.

Step 5: You can now remove the tail light.

Step 6: Disconnect the wiring harness from the back of the tail light assembly.


NOTE: If you ordered your replacement tail light from Go-Parts, it likely includes new bulbs, as most of our models do. This saves you an installation step! However, if your particular model does not, simply remove the bulb connecting plate and attach it to the new assembly. This only takes a few moments!

Step 7: Connect the wiring harness to the new tail light.

Step 8: Mount the new tail light by using the studs as guides. Secure the assembly by tightening the 3 hand-screws.

Step 9: Cover the area with the trunk liner and secure it by tightening the hand-screw.




Please Note

While we are more than happy to create these installation guides for your benefit, we cannot maintain any liability regarding the part, or the driving experience, once the part has been replaced/installed. We always guarantee the quality of the parts we provide, but the installation liability rests solely on the installer.

And, though we are always here to answer your questions, please note that our technicians created these guides for your convenience, and cannot provide assistance beyond this guide.


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These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to
03 2003, 02 2002, 01 2001, 00 2000, 99 1999, 98 1998, 97 1997 Chevrolet Malibu Tail Light Replacement Instructions
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