Changing Ford Explorer Tail Lights

The Problem from the Net

Please don't laugh. I really am quite competent regarding these things, but the right rear tail lamp went out in my '92 and I can't figure out how to gain access to the bulb. The owner's manual is quite worthless. I know there's two screws holding the refractor assembly in place, but when I remove them, the assembly doesn't want to budge. I tried gently pulling/prying the tail light assembly off the truck but it made a scary sounding "SNAP!" and wouldn't come off.

What am I doing wrong here? Do I just need to pull harder on the tail light assembly? I'm petrified of breaking it (major $$). Surely you're not meant to gain access to the bulb through the inside of the vehicle? Any help would be appreciated.

Contributed by Paul S.

Had the same problem, am just as competent, felt just as stupid! Get under the rear of the truck and look up at the sockets. They turn and pull out. Go figure!

From Bob W.

Hmmm. Yeah, it seems like you are going to break it but that's the way it is. Just undo those top two screws, tilt the top of the lens assembly out about 1/2 to 3/4 inch, slide your fingers down the sides until they are about 2/3 the way down and pull straight out. It'll make a rude sound and pop off. Then all you have to do is find those strange based bulbs to replace the burned out one.

Contributed by Rob M.

I just recently replaced the rear bulbs in my '92 Explorer Sport. After you unscrew the two upper screws, you just pull the whole lens casing straight off with equal pressure. That 'popping' noise that is heard are ribbed plastic screws that click into the holes. When I removed my lenses I thought there was damage, but there wasn't. When putting the lens back in, make sure the plastic ribbed screws are aligned with the holes.




Updated November 24, 2000

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