I took thin piece of carpet in trunk away from tail light and can see bulb. But the bulb holder is different than older Ford cars I have had and I do not want to break bulb holder getting it out. Can you tell me what to do? I have lost my owner's manual. Thanks
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Tail Lights, Stop Lights and Rear Turn Signal Lights
Turn the Town Car's engine off, and open the trunk. Remove the trunk retainer if your Town Car is equipped with one. Put on the gloves.
Pull the carpet away in order to access the tail lamp assembly. Remove the three nut-and-washer assemblies with a socket wrench.
Remove the desired bulb socket by turning it counterclockwise, and then pulling it straight out of the assembly. Pull the old bulb out of the socket, and install a new bulb. All three lights use 3457AK-type bulbs.
Place the socket back into the assembly, and reinstall the three nut-and-washer assemblies. Place the carpet back into the vehicle, reattach the trunk retainer if necessary, and close the trunk.
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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 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.
I don't have a ford 500, but I hope this helps. Most newer cars are simmilar.
Pull the trunk carpet behind the tail light back so you can access the nuts holding the lense in place. Remove the nuts and pull the tail light
assembly out. Remove the lamp holder by pressing in the lock tab and turning the holder counter clockwise. The lamp should be a plug in type.
Most modern cars, the bulbs are accessible through the trunk after removing the carpeted panels. If you are a little mechanical you should see whether there is a "trap" door or just twist the bulb holder. Pretty simple usually, good luck.
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
1999 Tercel rear light bulb replacement. Snap off 2 black caps to pull back carpet. Remove 2 screws on outside of trunk at the edge of trunk lid. The light fixture will loosen up. Sqeeze the tongs on the square white plastic plug on the inside and push plug through hole. You may have to give the light fixture a tug. Turn bulb holder and pull it out. Pull out bulb and put in new one.
open the trunk remove the scuff plate that is located on the back part of the trunk closest to you. then pull the carpet back on the side that you are trying to get to and remove the three or four nuts holding the light assembley in. pull the assembley away from the body then disconnect the bulbs from the assembley. thay should just turn and come out socket and all.