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How to I change the tail light bulbs in my 1989 Buick Century?

I have a Tail/directional bulb out in my 1989 Buick Century Custom-there is no quick access panel like in most cars-it appears the entire lens assembly (which spans from left to right rear of the vehicle in one piece) has to come off to get to the lamps-however, I can't see how this is done. There are screws coming into the trunk from the outside, but i don't see where I can even unscrew this tail light lens. I'm not unfamiliar with auto repair of this level of difficulty-HELP!

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When you open the truck there are several nuts across the back that have to be unscrewed across the inside of trunk to access the bulbs.

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