2000 Taurus wagon rear tail lamp

Owner's manual doesn't cover topic. Could not find in Haynes. Driver's side rear stop light burned out on 2000 Taurus wagon. Opened trunk - took out two large phillips head screws beside tail gate
opening. Tail light assembly is loose, but I can get it out. Cannot see any other screws or tabs on the inside to take out. HELP!
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Pull hard. It'll sound like you're tearing things up, but you're not. It's just some tabs.
I think that's the way it was on my 2000 wagon anyway!
CJB
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snipped-for-privacy@triad.rr.com wrote:

Removal:
-Open liftgate. Remove liftgate upper finish trim panel.
-Remove rubber plug from liftgate.
-Remove four nuts from rear hi-mount lamp mounting studs.
-Close liftgate and pull rear hi-mount lamp away from liftgate.
-Turn body main wiring 1/2 turn counterclockwise and remove from rear hi-mount lamp.
-Gently pull miniature bulb out of body main wiring.
Installation:
-Follow removal procedure in reverse order.
-Tighten nuts to 1-2 N-m (9-17 lb-in).
Rob
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trainfan1 wrote:

CORRECTION... You said "side":
Removal:
With liftgate in full open position, locate two rear lamp attachment screws and remove. Rear lamp should remain attached at front/leading edge with a locator pin.
Carefully grasp rear lamp at attachment screw location AND under forward most portion of lens. Pull outward firmly (perpendicular to body of vehicle). This should disengage the locator pin and allow the rear lamp to be removed.
Remove lamp socket and wiring by gently pulling it off of the socket base.
Twist the lamp socket counterclockwise 1/4 turn and remove from rear lamp.
Carefully remove the old bulb by gently pulling it straight out of its socket. Do not rotate the bulb when removing it.
Installation:
Install new bulb by inserting it into socket until it snaps and locks into position.
Install bulb and lamp socket into rear lamp and twist socket clockwise until locked while aligning indexing tab.
Replace rear lamp by snapping locator pin into position.
Tighten screws to 3-4 N-m (27-35 lb-in).
It's tricky the first time you do it, takes less than 30 seconds once you've done it.
Rob
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On 20 Sep 2006 16:57:13 -0700, snipped-for-privacy@triad.rr.com wrote:
~Owner's manual doesn't cover topic. Could not find in Haynes. ~Driver's side rear stop light burned out on 2000 Taurus wagon. Opened ~trunk - took out two large phillips head screws beside tail gate ~opening. Tail light assembly is loose, but I can get it out. Cannot ~see any other screws or tabs on the inside to take out. HELP!
__________________________________________________________ From another post saved on June 12, 2006 -- hope it helps! ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ Removal:
-Open liftgate. Remove liftgate upper finish trim panel.
-Remove rubber plug from liftgate.
-Remove four nuts from rear hi-mount lamp mounting studs.
-Close liftgate and pull rear hi-mount lamp away from liftgate.
-Turn body main wiring 1/2 turn counterclockwise and remove from rear hi-mount lamp.
-Gently pull miniature bulb out of body main wiring.
Installation:
-Follow removal procedure in reverse order.
-Tighten nuts to 1-2 N-m (9-17 lb-in).
Rob
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snipped-for-privacy@triad.rr.com wrote:

Removal:
With liftgate in full open position, locate two rear lamp attachment screws and remove. Rear lamp should remain attached at front/leading edge with a locator pin.
Carefully grasp rear lamp at attachment screw location AND under forward most portion of lens. Pull outward firmly (perpendicular to body of vehicle). This should disengage the locator pin and allow the rear lamp to be removed.
Remove lamp socket and wiring by gently pulling it off of the socket base.
Twist the lamp socket counterclockwise 1/4 turn and remove from rear lamp.
Carefully remove the old bulb by gently pulling it straight out of its socket. Do not rotate the bulb when removing it.
Installation:
Install new bulb by inserting it into socket until it snaps and locks into position.
Install bulb and lamp socket into rear lamp and twist socket clockwise until locked while aligning indexing tab.
Replace rear lamp by snapping locator pin into position.
Tighten screws to 3-4 N-m (27-35 lb-in).
It's tricky the first time you do it, takes less than 30 seconds once you've done it.
Rob
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