Re: 1998 Escort Turn Signal
1998 Ford Escort SE: Changing a rear tail light
July 2, 2008 at 11:16 am
I changed the bulb on my 96 Escort in following manner: I hope this helps
Open trunk, Remove 2 screws that hold the taillight casing. From inside the trunk, remove(pull aside) the carpeting/lining. You may need to remove a plastic pin. The following procedure takes a lot of effort and time :
Use a plier or some device to squeeze the platic holders that are still holding the tailight casing into the vehicle body. Squeeze/push them from inside the trunk towards outside of car. This will loosen the whole tail light/backup light/side light casing out of the vehicle.
Now you can see individual bulb holders. Turn the right type of holder so it is detached from the casing and remove carefully. Remove bulb carefully by pulling out of socket, push and insert new bulb.
Hi, the plastic recepticles from the inside should actually stay there and not be distorted by pliers. They have metal nipples pushed into them from the whole tail light casing, which is removed by swinging it back and to the side to unpop them. Hope this helps….Craig