How to Replace Turn Signal Bulb in 98 Escort?

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  1. nanekitoo

    nanekitoo New Member

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    I suppose I should first say I have a 98 Mercury Tracer, not a Ford Escort, but as I understand it they are the same car so....
    How do you change the bulb in the turn signal? I unscrewed the screws at the front and I can see on the back inside the trunk where there are two plastic hickeys that seem to be holding it from the back. How do you get those loose? Any help i s appreciated.
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    My beater isn't like your car, but all bulbs on all cars are made to be readily accessible because the time will come when they need to be changed. If you're an hour into a bulb change or have the tranny dropped, you've taken off way too many parts. Look for an obvious way into the lamp housing and I'm sure you'll figure it out. For my rear turn signal lights (or any of the rear corner ligths for that matter, there is a small panel with a little finger hole that pulls out to access the bulbs. It's really obvious and your situation should be too.

    Best of luck. We're behind you all the way.
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    Aight... You have to actually take off the tail light on third gens to replace the bulb. Unscrew a couple obvious screw (pretty sure they're right inside the trunk lip) and then give it a yank and it should come right off... I've had to replace my rears about five or six times now. Probably something wrong with the electrical system, about ever six months one goes out.
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    Ok im gonna do a few things to my car so i need to know how to remove the headligts on a third gen so if anyone cold help me out that would be great
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    Don't have a third gen. On a 2nd gen LX, you take the turn signal lights off (2 Phillips screws each) and then each main headlight had 5 x 10 mm bolts holding them on. Pop your hood; you should be able to figure it out in a minute or so.
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    Can't remove lamp assembly

    I have the same problem -- 1998 Escort, burned out turn signal/brake light on passenger side rear. I removed the two screws; the owner's manual says to "tap the lamp on the outside" to release the plastic studs. That doesn't work. How are those released to remove the plastic lens assembly. According to the owner's manual, you can't get to the lamp sockets without removing the red lens assembly.

    Another brilliant idea from Ford to make the part unserviceable by the owner.
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    I'm having the same problem with my 99 Escort. And of course it's dark right now so I can't really see where those tabs are on the other end.

    Just so some kind sould might be able to photoshop/paint in where the heck to hit the thing, I've made this close up of the assembly to work with:

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    Someone showed me how last night so I will post what I can.

    Basically, start by opening the trunk and removing the two screws holding the assembly down. Then take the screwdriver and run it along the top of the assembly to help separate it from the body. Look down and see the two metal pins on the forward part of the assembly that connect the forward part to the chassis and place the screwdriver between the pins.

    Place a shop rag on the bottom of the assembly to help protect the paint as you do the next step: use the screwdriver to swing the assembly down and release the pins. And there ya go.

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