How To: Replace Tail Light Bulbs (Case : 2014 Ford Escape)

Did you know changing your tail light bulb is an easy form of maintenance that you can perform on your vehicle ? Just read this tutorial How To: Replace Tail Light Bulbs (Case : 2014 Ford Escape)

Before you start doing this, have your vehicle and lights turned off. Always consult your service manual if you have any specific questions about your vehicle.

Step 1 :

Detach the assembly to access the bulbs on this Escape.

Step 2 :

The only tool that you’ll need is an 8 millimeter socket and ratchet.

Step 3 :

You’ll see two bolts. We’ll need to remove these bolts to get this bulbs.Most pick-ups will look similar to this as well, with a couple of bolts or screws inside the tailgate.
In a lot of vehicles, you can just reach into the trunk and pull some fabric back out of the way, which will give you access to the bulbs, without using any tools. See figure 1.

Figure 1
Figure 1

Step 4 :

Have that replacement bulb ready to go, and once you’ve removed the bolts, set them down someplace safe and pull the taillight assembly out slowly. See figure 2.

figure two
figure two

Step 5 :

Now you can see the wires connected to the back of the bulbs here. If you’re changing a bulb in a vehicle that doesn’t require you to remove the assembly, this is what you’ll see. Only it will be the from inside of the trunk or hatch. There is sometimes a small panel that you’ll have to remove to access the inside of the assembly.

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figure three

 

Step 6 :

Turn this bulb socket to the left to release it from the assembly. In most cases, your old bulb will slip straight out of the socket like so.

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figure four

Step 7 :

Now we’re going to add some bulb grease here and slide the new bulb into the socket.

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figure five

Step 8 :

The only other thing that you might see on the base of your replacement bulb is small nodes that fit into notches in the socket.

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figure six

Step 9 :

Once you’ve got your bulb on there, guide it carefully back into the assembly and turn it to the right to secure it.

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figure seven

Step 10 :

Reattach the assembly and tighten these bolts. Make sure that they feel snug and secure and we’re ready.

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figure eight

I think that’s all. See you next time

 

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