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Old 03-24-2013, 05:34 PM   #1
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Rear Tail Light Issues (07 Sedan SE)

Hi all,

I have a 2007 Ford Focus SE 4-Door Sedan which is having some issues with the driver side rear tail light.

Several years ago my bumper was "bumped" and caused the housing of the tail light to develop a small crack. Now about 4 years later I am having issues with the light.

Every once in a while the blinker will fail, which I am alerted to by the super-fast blinker noise when I run the left blinker. To fix this, I go outside my car and give it a good thump on the light. Every time I do this the light flickers back on and works for a few weeks. Once it stops again I give it a good thud and it pops back on.

The issue is starting to happen more regularly so I'm wanting to fix the short or whatever is causing the light to go in and out.

Does anyone have any instructions or suggestions on replacing the tail light assembly? I'm ordering this one from Amazon:

Is there anything I should check for specifically to locate the short? Will I need any additional parts handy?

As I mentioned if I hit the taillight with my fist the light comes back on.. which leads me to believe water or other debris is causing the light to short out. I'm not sure what to expect when I remove the busted assembly.

Any advice or insight would be appreciated.


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Old 03-24-2013, 06:10 PM   #2
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Check the socket for corrosion. Your problem sounds more like a bad connection than a short. A short would cause the fuse to blow.
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