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Rear tail light lens removal I need to replace the brake light bulb, but I do not see a way to remove the lens cover. I do not want to bust the one I have in order to fix the problem

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Hello riggs791. My name is Roger and I will help you. Raise the lift gate. In the rain drip rail you will find two screws through the lens to the body. Remove the two screws. Carefully pull on the lens. What you are removing to get to the tail lamp bulb is the entire lamp. The front outside edge of the lens has two lock in clips. Once you have the lamp loose turn it over and unlock the socket and replace the light. Reverse to reinstall the lamp.
Should you need further help please just ask. Please rate the quality of your answer. This way we know the answer helped. Thank You for using Fix Ya. Roger

Posted on Sep 26, 2009

  • MarkHinNC Jan 22, 2011

    Rogerf1,

    This was every bit as you described. I really appreciate you saving me the time and monye of having to take my Explorer into an auto repair shop for something this easy. It took more time to drive and buy the replacement bulbs than it did to change them. I'd say about 5 minutes per side.

    My last personal recommendation: while you are in their you might as well change them all. You will need 2 bulb # 3156 and 1 bulb #3157 for each side. My NAPA store sold them in a two pack, so that means you will need 2 #3156 two-packs and 1 #3157 two-pack to do both rear lamp assemblies.

    Thanks again!

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