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Re: Drivers side brake light
I have a 1995 Escort and in mine, in addition to that little screw, there are plastic "peg" type things that hold it in from the back (or behind the light - trunkside). That star screw actually does not HAVE to come out actually. I think the dealer just wanted us to almost have to bring it in for silly things like changing a lamp. Things that make you go HMMMMMM. :)
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To Replace a Tailgate: Tools needed for the replacement:- Star shaped sockets- Flathead Screwdriver- Long Nose Pliers- Shop Light- Dremel w/ disc cutter for plastics, Remove the 2 outer long star shaped screws:
Close Tailgate and pull down and out the handle bezel. The bezel itself its being held by 2 plastic anchors.
To remove the handle from the tailgate we need to open it. Pull the linkage from both sides inward and the tailgate should open.
Remove the 3 large star shaped screws------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tacho Pro 2008
upward on black cover above headlamp assy. (marked pull here for
headlamp service) you will then see on the front side a large bolt above
the lamp assembly that holds it to the front of the car.
it is a 10MM socket you will then need to remove a similar bolt on the
top and bottom on the center front of the car where the assembly bolts
up to the sheet metal. on the corner near the cornering lamp is a star
shaped head bolt. (looks like star of david) you will need another
small metric socket to remove this. this will free up the cornering lamp
from the headlamp assembly. gently pull forward and away from headlamp
assembly. remove both light pig tails by gently twisting on pigtails.
you will then see 2 nuts which are also 10mm remove these and gently
pull forward on entire headlamp assembly. you will need needle nose
pliers to compress the head of plastic retaining tabs on headlight and
signal light pig tails where they are held into the headlamp assembly.
gently twist hi-low beam sockets free of the headlamp assembly then do
like wise with the signal lamps.
to install reverse procedure as above.
note: the side with the cornering lamp has a tab that must fit back into
tab-hole in front sheet metal of the front fender.
Most 3rd brake light covers are held on with 2 plastic screws located on the sides, or the cover is just a push fit, easily pried off with a thin blade such as a putty knife screw drivers sceatch it up badly
Open your life gate, take out the two screws holding that are holding the light in, pull
away from car, if working on drivers side, pull to left and vice versa,
twist out fitting for burned out light and replace.
Open rear hatch,
locate 3 philips screws on the right side of lamp,
note that the lamp assembly is held into the fender side by a plastic tab( hidden ). You have to stand at the rear fender side, facing the lamp and pull the lamp toward you carefully.
There is a flap in the boot that you need to flip open. Once opened, there are two screws with really big round ends as big as 1.5 - 2 centimeters in diameter. One is black on the lower end of the light and the other is white which is on the upper end of the lamp. You may need a tourch to see them better, however you can not miss them. Unscrew them with your fingers by twisting these anti clockwise. You need to hold the lamp as as soon as these 2 screws are released, the lamp will then be held by a wire connector which you can remove. You then need a star head screw driver to open 2 screws which will allow you to remove the bulbs that are deffective and have them replaced. Then just retrace your steps.
Tail light replacement is not as hard as it seems.
Tools needed:flat head screwdriver and a deep 5/32 socket(a pair of pliers will work).
Step 1: open trunk and pull back truck liner at tail light.There is a small button clip on liner.Use screwdriver to pop up the center of button clip,pull clip out of hole.
Step 2:You will see a black wire attached to the body of car with 2 white clips.Use screwdriver to pop clips off of studs.
Step 3:Remove the nuts from the studs and pull tail light assembly straight back away from car.The outer side of the light just snaps in and out of place.
Step 4:Turn light socket counter clockwise 1/3 turn and pull out.
Step 5:Pull bad bulb straight out and replace.Reverse steps to reassemble.
Most of these type lights do not have a plug. I am assuming that you want to replace a burnt out lamp.
Here's what you do. Remove the assembtail lamp assembly. It is usually held on with 2 or 3 phillips head screws. If the problem is a burnt out lamp, the lamp assembly will unscrew from the unit by turning it counterclockwise about a quarter turn. Take the bad bulb to an auto parts store and get a replacement. The bulb will only fit one way into its socket. Then take the socket with the new bulb and insert it back in the housing. Again it will only fit one way. remount the tail light assembly.
If the actual plastic tail light assembly is broken or cracked remove the lamp assembly as described above, take the broken tail light to a dealer and ghet a new one. They are expensive. I just replaced one for my 95 F-150 pickup and it was $40.