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How to change a brakelight bulb on 2000ford windstar van

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If the brake light in question is one of the "corner" lights (regular tail light assembly brake lights in other words, not the one in the top of your rear window)

First open your back door. Look at the tail light lens, on the side towards the inside of the car, you should see 2 or 3 bolts/screws. Normally it will take a 10mm wrench/socket (note: it is much easier if you use a socket with a wratchet vs. a regular wrench). On some models the screw heads will have a star in them, this is called a "torx head", if this is what your van has you might need to purchase a set of torx tools, because when used it could be any one of three sizes. They sell multi-size torx tools at most autoparts stores and even some hardware stores.

remove the 2 or 3 bolts/screws. grab the lens assembly and wiggle it until it comes off. Sometimes it will come right off, sometimes you have to give it a little pull, dont force it but be firm.

once the lens is off, you will see either 2 or 3 sockets sticking in the back side of the assembly, one of these will be your brake light. the one on the bottom will be your reverse lights, you may need to have someone step on the brakes so you can look at the side that works to see which one is lighting up. Once you figure out which bulb it is, grasp the socket and twist, it will only go in one direction, a quarter turn should be enough to get it out.

pop the bad bulb out and put the new one in.

line up the lock tabs on the socket with the lens assembly, put it in and give a twist until its locked in place.

all that is left is putting the lens back on. line up the assembly and put it back in, from here it should be just putting the screws/bolts back in and you're on your way

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