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Help me change my taillight [Solved]

LaOsLaOs SaskatoonRegistered User regular
edited April 2007 in Help / Advice Forum
I recently bought an '05 Mustang and am loving it. However, my left rear, outer taillight has gone out. Kind of. It still blinks when I unlock my doors and stuff, but does not signal. This is not an immediate problem, as the two outer lights blink (of the three vertical lights on each side in the rear).

My problem is that I cannot see how to get the light cover off/light bulb out to replace it. Admittedly, I have only had a quick look with my dad, but I thought I'd see if anyone else has had to mess with this.

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    Uncle LongUncle Long Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Might be just a loose fuse if you are still getting flickers.

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    tardcoretardcore Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    If you can afford an 05 Mustang, you can afford to go to a mechanic.

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    b0bd0db0bd0d Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Try going in through the trunk. That's how the crown vic was/is. Take the thingie off that attaches the carpet to the taillight, move carpet, take some more screws out, pop tailgate out. My ranger, you have to take the tailgate out from the outside. Just take 4 screws out. Just think, "if I was going to make a taillight be able to be taken out, how would I do it?" always works for me. Or just go to an autozone, buy the bulb there, and then admit to the man behind the counter you're a failure and he'll help you do it.

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    LaOsLaOs SaskatoonRegistered User regular
    edited April 2007
    tardcore wrote: »
    If you can afford an 05 Mustang, you can afford to go to a mechanic.

    This is not helpful at all. Obviously I can take it to any mechanic and have it done for me. I shouldn't have to, and so was asking how to avoid taking it in and doing it myself.

    b0bd0d:
    Thanks. I'll take another look inside the trunk. We checked that out but it can't hurt take a look around there again. It would be easier if there were just simply screws on the outside, like the Escort was, but I guess that wouldn't look as "cool" that way. Thanks for the help though.

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    Uncle LongUncle Long Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    So you've..uh...checked the fuse then? I mean..with the flickering.

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    LaOsLaOs SaskatoonRegistered User regular
    edited April 2007
    I'm at work but will check later tonight.

    It doesn't flicker, I didn't describe it very well. My dad said it's probably a dual filiment bulb, and so the main filiment has burnt out but the other one is still okay, which would be why is still flashes when I turn the car on with my remote or unlock the doors, etc. Either way, I will check on the fuse later today.

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    ShogunShogun Hair long; money long; me and broke wizards we don't get along Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    LaOs wrote: »
    I'm at work but will check later tonight.

    It doesn't flicker, I didn't describe it very well. My dad said it's probably a dual filiment bulb, and so the main filiment has burnt out but the other one is still okay, which would be why is still flashes when I turn the car on with my remote or unlock the doors, etc. Either way, I will check on the fuse later today.

    Sounds like my car in which case yes the bulb is a dual filament bulb. Simple fix but getting to the fixture could be a bitch. In my car you have to go through the trunk and remove the trunk liner which is held by these odd little plastic devils that I had no idea how to remove so they all got broken out. Be careful since your car is new. Also when you put the bulb in hold the bulb itself with a rag or something and not your fingers. Granted the bulb isn't halogen but regardless it will give the bulb a longer life meaning you don't have to keep changing it. Unlike my car which requires a new bulb every month or so for some goddamn reason.

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    UndefinedMonkeyUndefinedMonkey Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Yeah, going in through the trunk seems the most likely option. Don't start ripping stuff apart without knowing, though. Check the owner's manual... a lot of 'em have a maintenance section that deals with changing tires, swapping out batteries, checking fluid levels, etc... My car (not a Mustang) had fairly detailed instructions on how to change the headlights and taillights, including diagrams and an exploded view.

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    LaOsLaOs SaskatoonRegistered User regular
    edited April 2007
    I figure the manual must have some information on this, but I don't have one... yet. I bought it used this February from a Ford dealer and they were out of manuals so ordered one in. It should be in around now, actually, so I'll be giving them a call to see what's what.

    Thanks for the advice though--especially about holding the bulb. I never would have thought about it.

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    GlaealGlaeal Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    LaOs wrote: »
    I figure the manual must have some information on this, but I don't have one... yet. I bought it used this February from a Ford dealer and they were out of manuals so ordered one in. It should be in around now, actually, so I'll be giving them a call to see what's what.

    Thanks for the advice though--especially about holding the bulb. I never would have thought about it.

    You'd be surprised what the manuals lack.

    Another idea is to go to an autoparts store and ask if they know. Usually there's at least one person working there who's the fix-all type of mechanic, and they should be able to help.

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    Uncle LongUncle Long Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    That and at least one of the guys in your local shop has/knows someone who has/or at least has worked on a mustang.

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    MidshipmanMidshipman Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    http://www.alldata.com/vehicle_owner/index.html

    Definitely a worthwhile resource for anyone who intends to work on their own car. A one year subscription (for one car) runs about $15-20 last I remember. Includes just about anything you would want to know about removing/reinstalling parts on your car, down to the torque for each bolt.

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    variantvariant Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    The guys at Autozone are usually pretty chill/and really bored, so if you ask, they'll usually help you do small things like that as long as you buy the bulb from them.

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    LaOsLaOs SaskatoonRegistered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Thanks guys. I appreciate the help. I might end up just chatting up one of the guys when I buy the replacement bulb, too.

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