Have the replacement bulb. Note there are two phillips screws on the inner wall when the back hatch is open. Are these two screws to be removed and then what is the process to remove the lens assembly and replace the bulb. Thanks
Yes, remove the two screws, and firmly yet carefully pull the taillamp assembly back out of the quarter panel. Once you have the taillamp out of the body and in hand, the sockets (on the back of taillamp) must be rotated to remove them from the lens. If memory serves, they must be rotated counter clockwise to release the socket from the lens housing, however, they will ONLY turn one way. plug your bulb into the socket and reverse the process. will only take about 5 minutes.
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Open rear hatch. Remove two mounting screws at the side corner which mount the tail light assy to the body. The whole tail light assy can now be removed. Twist desired bulb holder counterclock wise to remove, then pull bulb to remove. Reinstall in reverse order.
Open the back hatch look mid wad along the seal and see 2 small phillips screwa remove the 2 screws and light will slid to the back tilt and twist light scockets counter clockwise 1/4 turn and pull out. Pull bulb stright out and replace with new 3157LL pushing stright in. reinstall plugs with new bulb and twist 1/4 turn clokwise. slid lens back in to place and line 2 small mounts look like points in to holes, aline holes for phillips screws and put the screws back in.
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Lift the hatch. The tall center light is located behind the
upper hatch inside panel. There are two
panels need to remove. One panel is on the right, the other on the left. To
remove the panels you have to use flat screw driver to pry out the panel in
several locations. (These panels are secured by several small metal clips.) Be
careful to collect all these clips and replace them on the back of the panel.
You will need these clips to replace the panel later on. After remove the panels,
you will be able to locate the screws on the tall center stop light assembly. Remove
those screws and cover. After replacing light bulb. Assemble everything in
reverse order. Remember, the metal clips have to set on the back of the two
panels not the car body.
Open the rear hatch and remove the two taillight mounting screws. These screws are located behind two plastic flaps that are flush fitting and part of the tail light housing. You will need a small flat blade screwdriver to put under the edge of the flap nearest the light. Pry gently (but persistently) and the flap will open to reveal the screw head underneath. (The hinge of the flap is on the side nearest the hatch opening.) Remove the screws with a phillips head screwdriver or an 8mm socket. Now comes the tricky part. Wiggle/pry the taillight housing as straight back as you can. Keep pulling/wiggling until the forward clip releases. Once it does you will be able to access the bulbs by rotating the bulb holders counterclockwise. Pull the bulb straight up out of its socket. Replace with the new bulb. Note how the forward spear point clip fits into its socket at the forward outboard edge of the housing. Fit the clip and push forward on the housing until you can hear the clip snap into place. Replace the screws and fold back the flaps. You're done.
For the brake light open the rear hatch and check beside the tail light. I believe ther is 2 phillips head screws right where the light meets the rear hatch on the body panel. remove them and gently yet firmly pull the lens assembly from the corner of the rear body panel. Squeeze the clips on the back of the socket and twist to remove the socket from the lens. Push gently on the bulb and turn carefully to remove light from the socket replace the light and reverse removal procedure to install.