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2005 Subaru Outback XT - Real Tail light- bulb replacement

Just wondering if this is a do-it-yourself project? What screws need to be removed to access bulb to replace
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  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    car is legacy outback or wagon.
    license plate bulbs out. have replacement bulbs.
    little old lady needs lotta help.
    have bulbs

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    The bottom area isn't as simple as all the older models and seems to be all one piece with clips and very few screw. What need to be taken out? What tools are required for the job?

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1. Open the rear hatch, and look down towards the bumper, in the direction of the tail light bulb needing replacement.
2. You should see the dark colored plastic trim piece, which is held in place by two small plastic body style philips head screws.
3. These wil only 'loosen' a little bit, you will need to slip a fingernail or some other slim item, underneath the heads of each of the screws, and pull back on them firmly by grasping the body of the screw, not the head (which is flimsy, and can crush if squeezed).
3. remove the plastic trim piece - it can be achieved by lifting out and towards you - set aside.
4. Using a 10mm socket or wrench, unscrew the upper and lower bolts holding the taillight assembly in place.
5. the taillight assembly is now loose - it can pulled rearwards, and will slide off of the small guide slots holding it in place.
6. The bulb is a twist lock style, underneath the tan cap- twist the cap counter-clockwise, and it will pop out. The bulb is a number 7440, for the running light/ brake light, and a 7443 for the turn signal. a 3757 will not fit through the cut out hole in the taillight assembly.
7. Re-assemble in reverse, making sure to check the function of the bulb PRIOR to re-assembly.
Good Luck.

Posted on Jan 03, 2009

  • dkvl6464 Jan 23, 2011

    Plastic panel does not JUST lift out after removing the two plastic screws and sleeves that the screws insert to.

  •  Eric Justad
    Eric Justad Jan 04, 2017

    6truck you are right on the money accept 7443 is the tail/brake lamp and 7440 is the single element turn signal light bulb

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