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Tail light bulb burned out, can't remove ***'y. to replace.

The driver side outside tail light bulb burned out on my wif's 2003 subaru baja. i removed the cover plate that covers the 2 bolts that hold the lens ***'y. in place, but am not sure how to get it off. i would assume that it needs to be moved back away from the vehicle, but i have put a reasonable amount of pressure in this direction without any success. i am afraid to put to much pressure in fear of breaking a mounting tab or something else. the temperature is about 35 degrees where the car is parked, if that makes any differance. any help you can give would be appreciated.

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  • dennist47 Jan 18, 2009

    the driver side outside tail light bulb burned out on my wif's 2003 subaru baja. i removed the cover plate that covers the 2 bolts that hold the lens ***'y. in place, but am not sure how to get it off. i would assume that it needs to be moved back away from the vehicle, but i have put a reasonable amount of pressure in this direction without any success. i am afraid to put to much pressure in fear of breaking a mounting tab or something else. same problem..... help anyone

  • dennist47 Jan 18, 2009

    I have the same problem with my Baja.... left rear taillight.... did you ever figure out how to remove the taillight assembly?

  • Redsand0168 Jan 27, 2009

    How did you get the cover off? Sorry totally a mechanical idiot.

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2009

    Same here. I'm going to try the solution.

    It would have been nice to have that information in the manual...

    Thanks for the solution.


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Twist the tail light out, it rotates up from the back then slides out. took me about 30 minutes to realize that last summer, i feel ur pain, its 28 here now.

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After removing the two bolts, wiggle it and pull straight back. it will come out but not right away. No need to dismantle bed-liner like I just did.

Posted on Jun 07, 2009

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Remove bolts, grip tightly, pull hard. The manual says to slide it out, there is no sliding, it just comes with enough effort.

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  • Flat-Head Screw Driver
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