1996 for taurus, I've removed 8 nuts from the trunk lid and the piece is still secure, I'm not sure if I have to remove the two nuts that appear to be holding the locking mechanism in place or if this thing is glued on or what.
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I just did a 97 Regal yesterday and yes you are correct...the strip must be removed to gain access...depending on model you may have to remove the cushioning panel (piece of upholstery panel) on the inside of trunk lid...follow this video URL as it explains the removal better in video form than written..basically remove the 7 10mm nuts holding panel on, lower trunk lid a little and wiggle panel off, twist socket and remove to gain bulb access..install is reverse procedure ...Regal, Century and LeSabre are all same idea/setup Tail Light Change 1997 2005 Buick Century 2004 Buick Century Custom 3 1L V6
Remove the nut securing the rear compartment trim the backside of the tail lamp assembly.
Pull down the rear compartment trim liner.
Tail Lamp Assembly Nuts (Qty: 2) Caution: Refer to Fastener Caution in the Preface section. Tighten 2 N·m (18 lb in)
Trunk Trim Line Nut Tip Ensure the trim liner nut is installed after the liner is repositioned in the rear compartment.
Tail Lamp Assembly Tip Pull rearward to remove and connect the electrical connector and push lamp inward in order to position the lamp to the body panel.
Rear Lamp Harness Connector Ensure to connect the lamp harness connector before securing the lamp to the rear body panel.
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1 Open the trunk and pull up the carpet in the trunk.
2 Remove the screw bolts that hold the trim piece to the back of both of the tail light housings.
3 Remove the trim backings to expose the tail lights.
4 Remove the electrical plug running to the bulb's ballast. Squeeze the top of the connector's release tab and remove the plug.
5 Turn the bulb counterclockwise to remove it from the housing.
6 Remove the screw bolts on the inside of the trunk that hold the tail light housing to the body.
7 Pull the tail light housing off.
8 Replace bulb with same
You lift the trunk lid and peel back the upholstery to the rear of the trunk area. Unscrew the plastic nut holding the tail light housing on the car. Pull forward find the exact bulb that has blown, twist to remove the socket and pull out and push down and twist the bulb and or simply unplug it and replace with newer bulb. if you were refearing to the entiar tail lamp itsself try CERTI-FIT
Yes, its a crazy design but you have it right remove them and the whole asm comes out, i replace all the bulbs when i take those apart but you dont have to its just that when one bulb blows the rest arent far behind, hope this is helpful, good luck.
You go through the trunk and on either side is the light housing unit that you remove 4 nuts from, pull out and there will be the individual bulbs to be replaced.
In order to replace the light bulbs you will have to remove the entire rear light housing unit. In order to do this you must do the following:
1.Pop the trunk.
2.Loosen the trunk lining in order to reach the 4 nuts that are located on the right or left side and hold the light housing in place.
3.You loosen the trunk lining fabric by removing two small, black plastic fasteners that anchor the trunk lining fabric. These either screw loose or you will need to pop off using a blunt- nosed pliers ( a flat head screwdriver works in a pinch) by first pulling the square bit out (towards the direction of the back seat,) followed by the circular components.
4.Pull the fabric loose on either the left or right side to expose the 4 nuts holding the light assembly in place.
5.Now, look for the four gold colored washer and nut assemblies surrounding the tail-light assembly. Find yourself a 7/16 socket and remove those bad boys. The tail-light itself should be able to pop- out, otherwise you've missed a washer- nut.
6.Ease the tail- light assembly off of it's perch on the car and hold it red- side down. This will expose the wiring and "turn- locks" for the blinker and tail- light.
7.Remove the bulbs from the assembly by turning the turn- locks in the direction (counter- clockwise) indicated by the plastic molding, and pulling upwards, off of the tail- light assembly.
8.Pull the bulb from the turn- lock with a moderate tug of the hand.
Inside the trunk, under the carpet behind the tail lights will be a whole bunch of small plastic nuts, running from one side of the car to the other. Take all of these plastic nuts off, and the whole tail light assembly will come off in one large piece. Find the bulb you need to replace, and reassemble
Rear tail lamps for the 2002 La Sabre has eight nuts that hold the cover in place ( one piece-all acroos the back of the car). Do not remove the nuts for the lock, the cover sits in place and is not secured to the lock. Use a 10 mm deep well socket. remove the nuts and lift the cover to replace the burned out bulb(s). The bulbs are #194 or #198 (very small bulbs), not the 3057. It is easy to locate the burned out bulbs by putting the car in reverse and shutting off the engine and then put the ignition key in the accessory mode. The lights will light unless they are burned out. Simply pull them out and replace with the new ones and put the cover back in place and secure the nuts.