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Old 03-18-2014, 04:30 PM   #1
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Tail lens replacement

Now that the weather has warmed up (yay 40F!) I need to replace the tail lenses, not the bulbs mind you but just the lenses. They were both cracked back in January when a good Samaritan pushed me out of the snow. Specifically, I am referring to the inboard ones/attached to the trunk lid and not the ones body-side. My questions are: do I need any special tools to remove/replace the lenses? I have the basics:Torx, screwdrivers, etc. I noticed on the inside of the trunk lid the black screw cover where the assembly bolts in so I know how to take it off, I think. Just curious if this is an easy at-home fix or something to haul into the dealer. I also need to replace the CHMSL but that appears to be a plug-n-play deal by simply popping it out of the wiring harness. Thanks.


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Old 03-18-2014, 04:37 PM   #2
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You just need to unscrew the plastic wing nut thing that is on one bolt, and they pop out. The need a little force, so push from the back and have a hand in front to catch if need be. I would also disconnect the reverse light harness first.

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You just need to unscrew the plastic wing nut thing that is on one bolt, and they pop out. The need a little force, so push from the back and have a hand in front to catch if need be. I would also disconnect the reverse light harness first.

Thanks, that wingnut is what I was thinking of. I'm going to swing by the dealer tomorrow and see if I can get replacements.
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Thanks, that wingnut is what I was thinking of. I'm going to swing by the dealer tomorrow and see if I can get replacements.
The wingnuts are TIGHT from the factory, I had to use a pair of needle nose to get enough torque to twist them out and tighten them back up when I tinted mine.

After you take those off just "gently" pull on the tail light assembly from outside the car. There is a popper you have to get loose that takes some force to remove

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The wingnuts are TIGHT from the factory, I had to use a pair of needle nose to get enough torque to twist them out and tighten them back up when I tinted mine.

After you take those off just "gently" pull on the tail light assembly from outside the car. There is a popper you have to get loose that takes some force to remove

Easiest tail light removal ever
I bought my car used, maybe that's why the wingnuts weren't super-tight. I just twisted one off by hand. Or maybe I'm superhuman! LOL
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I stopped at the local used auto parts shop and ordered replacements. They're 1/3 cheaper than going to a dealer and should be here by Friday. For whatever reason, I neglected to order/ask about the CHMSL! Oh well, I can ask about it when I pick up the tail lamps.
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OK, so I got the call on Thursday morning that my lenses were in. I picked them up and also found out they had a CHMSL as well. I purchased all 3 and came back home. Easy enough to replace, just unplug the wire harness, then unscrew the wingnut and gently pop out the entire lens. Of course I tested the new ones before replacing and everything worked well. Working alone I had to wedge a pole on the brake to test all the lights. Assembly was of course in reverse order. However I had a helluva time getting everything flush with the body. It seems the bottom part should be closer to the body but there seems to be (to my eyes) an unacceptable gap. I tried putting them back together more than once with the same results. As for the CHMSL, I only had one of the metal clips left due to the above-referenced incident. I replaced this one the best I could but it still sticks out a little bit due to a small dent in the trunk face right above the blue oval. I'm going to call it good enough for now until the weather warms up and I can have my FIL take a look at it. In the meantime, I may go to a dealer this Sunday and look at the tail lights to see how far off I am.
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I bought my car used, maybe that's why the wingnuts weren't super-tight. I just twisted one off by hand. Or maybe I'm superhuman! LOL
I'm voting you're superhuman. Be sure to check out Ford Parts here for any additional items you may need.

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