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Changing a brake light in a 2000 ford focus

I went to go change the brake light and I couldn't figure it out. I removed the plastic molding and all there was, was metal with the wires going into it. I did not see anywhere where a bulb might go. I know this is a simple problem, but I'm stumped!

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  • hazel0711 Jan 04, 2009

    thanks so much! I'll give it a try

  • Anonymous Jan 10, 2009

    I have the same problem. There is no wingnut or bolt on the inside. you open the little cubbyhole and have just a metal with the wires going into holes. The only fixing I can find is 2 torque screws.

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I just did this same thing a few weeks ago.
Inside the trunk you'll need to pull the moulded carpet material away from the inside back of the trunk (on the side where the broken bulb is) and then remove the bolts that are holding the plastic light fixture in place (I think there are about four of them and they are holding the light in place from within the trunk).  Once removed the light housing should be free to slip out (away from the body of the car). On the inside of the housing you will find a large plastic post protruding with some wires coming out of it. You twist this unit (should be able to easily do by hand, so if it's hard to release you're turning the wrong way!), and once you've completed about a quarter turn, this unit will be free to come out. The bulb is screwed into this unit.  Replace the bulb, put the bulb unit back in, turn a quarter turn in the opposite direction to secure in place and then proceed putting the plastic tail light housing back in place, securing the bolts that you removed previously.  Replace the moulded carpet and you're all done!
Just some food for thought - I suggest testing the brake/turn signal (same bulb) first before you go putting everything back together.  :)

Posted on Jan 04, 2009

  • Sheldon Scott
    Sheldon Scott Jan 04, 2009

    P.S.
    If you had the housing off, you were almost there! Simply find the circular plastic 'post' (approximately the end of a felt marker in diameter) with wires coming out of it and twist!  The bulb is screwed into this 'post' on the inside of the housing.

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