How to Replace the Taillight Assembly on a Santa Fe

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How to Replace the Taillight Assembly on a Santa Fe
Replace the tail light assembly on your Hyundai Santa Fe as soon as you notice damage. (Tail light of a VW van image by Dimitar Atanasov from

If you have a crack or break in the tail light cover on your Hyundai Santa Fe, you should replace it. Cracks and holes in the tail light assembly can allow water to get into the light assembly, shorting out the lights and causing electrical damage. You can purchase a new tail light assembly from an auto parts retailer or Hyundai dealership. Replacing the cover is a quick job that you can complete in minutes in your own driveway.

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Things you need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Open the rear lift gate of your Hyundai Santa Fe. Locate the two retaining screws on the rear cover of the tail light assembly. Remove the screws with a Phillips-head screwdriver.

  2. 2

    Pull gently outward on the light assembly to pull it free of the rear of the car. It may take a little bit of effort since a tight-fitting moulded ring helps secure it to the body. Pull straight out to remove it. If you twist the assembly, you risk breaking the retaining ring.

  3. 3

    Disconnect the wiring harnesses from the bulb sockets in the tail light assembly. Remove the entire tail light assembly from your Santa Fe.

  4. 4

    Connect the wiring harnesses to the bulb sockets on the new tail light assembly. Insert the new assembly into the Santa Fe body and press it firmly into the moulded ring. You will feel the assembly click when it is securely in place.

  5. 5

    Replace the two retaining screws on the light assembly. Repeat the process on the other side if necessary. Test the taillights to confirm that they are working as intended.

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