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Changing a brake light

When i open the back hatch , i can take out the 2 phillips screws and get the cover loose . do i have to take the inside liner out to get to the 3rd screw ?

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  • riverfarm1 Mar 14, 2009

    There is one more screw holding the taillight assembly. What do you mean by "slide something in there" that sounds pretty vague to me.



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Rear: Brake, Back-up, Tail, Turn signal (3 bulbs, all # 3157) To access the rear bulbs, open the liftgate and remove the two phillips head screws from the side of the housing. There is no 3rd screw. There is a metal rod with a ball tip which is stuck in a rubber socket on the vehicle. Slowly and firmly rotate the assembly away from the vehicle until it disengages from the ball pin socket that secures it in back. Rotating it away from the vehicle give you leverage to smoothly disengage the ball from the socket. Each of the three light sockets, all containing the same exact bulb type, can be removed by turning them counter-clockwise 1/4 turn.

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No most tech just slide something their that they can get to the last screw and the liner is pretty flexible if you need any more info go to collisionrepairadvice.com

Posted on Mar 09, 2009

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