The passenger tail light plastic cover is broken, the lights work fine. I need to replace the tail light cover that is brocken. After removing the two screws do I just pull it or is there something else I need to take off?
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Re: remove passenger tail light
I have not yet worked on a Pilot, but from experiance, a lot of tail lights are pulled from the inside and not the out. You may check to see if it comes out from the trunk and not straight off the back from the outside.
gabenevins, a lot of places are selling the entire assembly and not just the lens. I would continue looking until you find just the lens unless you want to buy the whole piece. I do not know what the cost difference is. Perhaps pjpc might be able to tell you where to get just the lens.
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You may have a fried fuse. Look in your owners manual to find out which fuse it is in the fuse box diagram. If that is the problem make sure to use the same amperage fuse to replace the burned one with. I fried fuse is usually a sign that you have a short somewhere. But they can also fry for other reasons such as excess moisture somewhere. Sometimes they just burn from age and fatigue. It may solve it to just replace the fuse, but if there really is a short, the new fuse will fry too.
OPEN TRUNK LOOK WHERE TAILS LOCATED LOOK FOR LARGE PLASTIC WING NUTS.REMOVE THEM PULL TRUNK LINER AWAY ENOUGH TO REMOVE THE OTHER PLASTIC WING NUTS HOLD THE TAIL LIGHT COVER.WHEN YOU REMOVE ALL THE PLASTIC WING NUTS THE TAIL LIGHT COVER WILL COME OUT ENOUGH FOR YOU TO REMOVE THE BULB.
open trunk if lights on trunk you have a opening you can see the light electrical connector .if lights on lower part of trunk.remove large plastic screws. pull back trunk lining .you will see some more long plastic wing nut screws.remove them and the light cover come out then you replace light bulbs.
if it's a tail light housing that broke, and not the bulb that simply burnt out, i'm afraid your solution isn't that simple. you have to at least loosen the bumper on the side that the tail light need be replaced. which will include removing the mud flap on that side of the car, removing all the clips on the bottom of the bumper, and removing the two bolts behind the quarter sized plastic covers just inside the trunk lid.
First you need to lift the hatch. There are two screws under plastic caps. Remove the caps and you will be able to unscrew these screws. Carefully using a flat screw driver to pry out the tail light assembly. It have to plastic pin that attached to the car body. do not break the pin. After you pry out the tail light assembly, you will be able to replace the light bulb. Replace everything in a reverse order.
Here's the step by step procedure from the beginning.
Carefully remove the black one inch wide plastic molding strip that runs along the interior side of the tail light. This can be pried off carefully without breaking the plastic clips that hold it in place.
Using a 10mm socket, remove the two bolts that you see which secure the tail light housing.
The tail light housing is also held in place with three or four plastic clips which can be broken rather easily if you don't do this next step carefully. Begin prying the plastic tail light using a plastic putty knife or screwdriver. The top clip comes out pretty easily and so does the bottom one.
On a cold winter day, the middle clip is the one that can break rather easily so gently rock the tail light or wait for warm weather when the plastic isn't brittle.
Once the tail light "bucket" is removed it's a simple matter to replace the bulbs.