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How to Replace Tail Light Housing 06-10 Ford Explorer

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  1. step : Removing the Tail Light (1:08)
    • Remove the two 8mm bolts from the tail light bracket
    • Pull the tail light out
    • Disconnect the tail light wiring harness
    • Turn the base of the bulbs counterclockwise
    • Remove the tail light
  2. step : Installing the New Tail Light (2:45)
    • Turn the base of the new bulbs clockwise
    • Reconnect the wiring harness to the tail light
    • Line up the bolt holes on the tail light bracket to the bolt holes on the vehicle
    • Replace the two 8mm bolts into the tail light bracket

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In this video, we're going to be working with our 2006 Ford Explorer.

We're going to show you how to remove and replace your tail light housing here. These can become cracked, faded, or they occasionally build up moisture inside of the lenses, which can cause corrosion and other issues aside from not looking good and not reflecting light bright and safely.

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Here are the items you'll need for this repair: 8mm sockets, ratchet, and gloves.

Open the hatch on your vehicle. Remove the two 8 millimeter bolts on the inside edge of the tail light here. We're going to use a socket and ratchet for that. To remove the taillight housing, pull straight back with the rear of the vehicle to release it from its clips. Remove all two bulb sockets by turning them a quarter turn counterclockwise and removing them from the housing.

Here we have our old taillight that we removed from our vehicle and our new part from As you can see, these parts are exactly the same. We have the same locations for all of our turn signal, tail light, and marker bulbs. We have the same coloring here and the same reflector locations. On the back, we have the same locating pins here and the same location for our two 8 millimeter screws, as well as the same three bulb sockets you can see here. This is just a cover to keep debris and moisture out of the headlight during shipping. Peel this off. You can see we have the exact same locations for our bulb sockets.

If your old taillight is cracked, faded, or has moisture damage inside of the lenses, this new part from 1A Auto is going to go in direct fit just like your original equipment and fix you up right.

Reinstall all of your bulb sockets by lining up the tabs on them and twisting them a quarter turn clockwise to lock them into place. The large 3-pin bulb is going to go at the bottom. The white socket goes in the middle for our reverse light. The black small bulb goes at the top here for our marker light. These alignment pins snap into the two holes here. Simply line them up, and give them a little push into place. You may have to push in on the tail light a little to get the holes to line up. Then you can start your screws.

Tighten them back down with your 8 millimeter socket and ratchet. You can see that the screws here have a very coarse thread on them for cutting into the plastic, so the first time they go in, it may feel a little tight. That's just because it's cutting in the threads to lock into the new holes. Close your tailgate. Check for proper operation of your light bulbs before hitting the road, and you're good to go.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Gloves

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 8mm Socket

2006 - 2006  Ford  Explorer
2007 - 2010  Ford  Explorer

Tail Light

Ford Explorer Driver Side Tail Light DIY Solutions

This part replaces:

  • Partslink FO2800195
  • Hollander 166-00199L
  • TYC 11-6186-01
  • OE # 6L2Z 13405 CA
  • DIY Solutions LHT06564

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