You shouldn't have to remove the housings to get at the lights. Look in your trunk/hatch and there should be removable panels near the taillights. All it should take is reaching a hand back there to get to the bulbs... I may be wrong as I haven't done it, but that's normally how it works.On actually I'm just trying to change the bulbs to brighter ones...instruction manual says to remove the light housing first...but I have difficulty understanding which plastic panels that need to be removed.
Anyone has experienced?
On page 131 of the owners manual it shows the removal procedure for the 5-door tail light. The basic process is described in post #7 in this thread.Hi all, im new to the forum, this is my first post... Im actually looking to remove the whole taillight. Its cracked and needs replacing. (my wife thought the new focus was able to reverse through walls).
I couldnt find any other threads with the answer but this one i thought was relevant enough... any help would be much appreciated.
DO NOT DROP THE NUTS!!!
That is all...
And I thought that I was the only one[facepalm] What a mother-flipping nightmare...Do Not--I repeat--Do Not drop the plastic retaining nuts inside the interior trim panel!
Once you get the nuts removed, the locating pi will still be holding the taillight in place. Give it a good, firm tug, and the light will separate from the body. Then disconnect the wiring harness. Did I mention not to drop the wing nuts?
No, what they are saying is that to remove the housings from the body you first have to unscrew the wing nuts, but don't drop them as its a pain in the rear to get them back again. The bulbs need to be disconnected from the wiring harness in order to remove the housings from the body.If I am understanding all the threads, you all seem to be talking about removing the light BULBS themselves that are enclosed inside. What I would like to know is how is it possible to remove the lenses on the outside of the body? Some clown was trying to remove the left side lense to connect the trailer connection at UHaul [smackbum] and somehow cracked the outside left lense on the edge. Yes they ARE going to replace it, as I have the documents thru their insurance that says they are gonna do that. I just wonder if they will give me enough money to purchase one. My next trip is down to the dealer to inquire about the cost of one of these beasts and also to see what the cost of installing the wiring harness for the trailer hookup will be, and if they can even do it.[bootyshak
Inside the trunk on the Focus Se Sedan, there is a plastic cover about 8 inches long and 5 inch wide. The top of the plastic cover plate is a slide and the bottom has a few clips. Simply pop the bottom open with a flat screw driver. (Gently) Once opened, you will see 2 black plastic wing nuts. Remove those and make sure not to let them fall. These two nuts are all that hold the tail assembly. There is a guide pin at the other end of the tail assembly which you will have to insert to replace the lens. turn the light bulb holder counter clockwise to remove the bulb. There you have it. You can remove the tail light assembly and change bulbsManual says remove the plastic pieces, and then remove the lights, but didn't clearly say how and which piece to remove [?|]
Has anyone changed bulbs or remove the tail lights before? care to share your experience? thanks!
I'm surprised no one has commented on this statement. For those not familiar with British/So. African terminology and new to DIY car maintenance , he does not mean a oxy acetylene or propane torch, on the other side of the World torch=flashlight.Open the small covers in the trunk behind the tail lights. (hatch)
Inside there are 2 Grey plastic wingnuts.
You have to look carefully with a torch to find them.
Get someone to hold the tail light so it cannot fall on the floor.
Remove the wingnuts.
Warning (Installing higher wattage globes may melt your plasting housing)