It would appear that dodge has a defective assembly process with their rear tail light covers. They come loose and fall off after a few years.
I gently pulled off my old ones and scraped the so called glue that dodge used off the seal as best as I could. Then got some 3M Marine adhesive 5200 in black at the local boat/water ski store and reglued the lenses back on. Works like a champ. Given the number of lense covers I still see on the side of the road, Dodge has not solved the problem yet.
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Re: 2005 Caravan Tail light cover comes off
I believe they are held on by an expandable plastic plug that you can access when opening the hatch. * You should see two 1" black plastic plugs, which can be pried up to release (or replaced to fasten) the assembly to the body. * Let me know if this helps. B)
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Open the trunk and twist the retaining wing nuts off the studs holding the carpeted trim cover in place on the back side of the tail lamps.
Pull the carpeted trim cover out of the way and pry the plastic caps out of the holes with the screwdriver tip.
Unbolt the nuts holding the tail-lamp assembly in place using the socket set.
Pull the tail lamp assembly away from the body of the Stratus. Grab the socket for the bulb in question and twist it counterclockwise to remove it. Pull the old bulb out by hand and insert the replacement bulb. Reinstall the socket in reverse of removal.
Push the tail lamp assembly back into position and tighten the nuts back down onto the retaining studs using the socket set. Pop the plastic caps back into the holes, pull the carpeted trim cover back into position and reinstall the plastic wing nuts. Close the trunk.
OPEN THE TRUNK, IN THE RIGHT OR LEFT CORNERS THAT OR CLOSER TO THE TAIL LIGHTS
DEPENDING ON WHAT SIGNAL NEEDS CHANGING TAKE IT LOOSE FROM (INSIDE THE
TRUNK I BELIEVE 3 SCREWS) AND THE WHOLE LIGHT WILL FALL OUTWARD SO HANG
ON TO IT.
Inside your trunk, there are plastic wingnuts behind where the tail lamps are located. undo all of them, there's 5 if I remember correctly. once removed, pull the tail light assembly straight out of the rear of the vehicle. reverse the process for installation.
Take the trim off that covers the tail light assembly and then remove the bolts that hold it in.Once the tail light assembly is in your hand then unplug the lamp,turn the bulb to the right until it unlocks then pull it out,reverse all to assemble.Merry Christmas and good luck!
Open the rear door and look for 2 pop-off caps on the suspected tail light assembly covering philips screws. If you remove both screws, the tail lightassembly becomes quite loose.
The last step is to give a firm tug, directly backward. The whole assembly is held in place with three small plastic clips (round cone shaped devices pushed through holes in the rear body work with a rubber "washer" protecting the paint).
You have to pry them loose from their insertion mounts to remove the assembly. A firm tug works well, but don't pull to the side or you may break the clip (or clips), and then have to replace those too. Once you've pulled the assembly off, the lights are easily accessed and replaced.
To reassemble, simply reverse the process.
[Note: there is no cover for the bottom screw on the rear door hinge side. It is exposed. There are two possible bolts on the bottom side of the door; the one for the tail light assembly is the one you can remove with a philips head screw. It can be accessed by opening the door and fitting a screw driver through the opening behind the door.]
Not sure if you mean the whole tail light assembly or only the bulb. For either one on that vehicle it should be the same process, more than likely you will have to remove a few screws inside the rear hatch which should allow the tail light assembly to be pulled out. The bulb connector will have a clip or will need turned a certain way to pull the bulb/connecter out of the assembly. Replace the burnt bulb and reassemble. Since I haven't seen the vehicle, there is a chance that is like some cars and the access to change a bulb is accessed from inside the vehicle inside the rear compartments.
Most of the time you can simply remove the tail light assembly from the car pretty easy and just a few screws. If it sdoes not have the screws going through the front of the housing then its rear mount and must be done by lifting the tailgate to get access. Once in the vehicle you should beable to remove the plastic housing covering up the assembly from the inside. Remove the 3-4 screws or bolts and the tail light assembly. Install the new one just the reverse. Pretty easy just take your time.
Yes, there is a "spear point" plastic clip that is still engaged into a socket type holder in the front outboard portion of the tail lamp assembly. Pry gently with a tape wrapped screwdriver at the front outboard corner of the assembly and the clip will release. You will then be able to see how the clip works and will be able to align and engage it first when replacing the tail lamp assembly.
I just replaced my left rear brake light on my 2005 Sienna. I followed the manual directions and removed the two metal bolts from the tail light cover. However the assembly did not come off. I could open it a little and it appeared to be bolted from the inside. I looked online but didn't find an answer. I had already gotten pulled over and I didn't want to go to the dealer so I pulled on the assembly a little harder applying even pressure to the top and the bottom and it popped loose. I didn't yank it. There are two metal pegs that have a little lip on them and thats where you are getting the resistance. Hope this helps.
Well, this is rather embarassing but I simple decided to look through the owners manual thinking that they usually don't contain that sort of thing and there I found. Pictures and a description of the process. Very simple...remove a phillips screw to remove a small plate covering the 2 screws that hold the tail light assembly in place. Remove the 2 screws and pull our the assembly and replace the bulb. Duh....I thought with Toyota engineering, they wouldn't make replacing a bulb a major project. Thanks for checking back....Allen