How to Repair the Third Brake Light on a 95 Explorer


The original Ford Explorer wasn't exactly revolutionary, but was definitely the right vehicle at the right time. Minivans enjoyed a brief run of cool as a futuristic alternative to ye olde station wagon, but once the novelty wore off consumers were left wanting something a bit more down to Earth. The Ranger-pickup-based Explorer was just the right size, and offered respectable power and performance in a purposeful package. But it was the Explorer's interior, refinement and options list that really led the SUV out of the specialty market and into the mainstream. The 1995 model year was the first of the second generation, the one that firmly cemented the SUV as a true car-and-minivan alternative to mainstream buyers.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Clean rag
  • Look up at the top of the hatch and identify the two screws on either end of the lens.

  • Remove the two screws that secure the brake light to the hatch and pull the bulb holder from the brake light assembly.

  • Push the bulb in and turn it counterclockwise to remove it. Twist the new bulb in, and wipe the surface down to remove your fingertip oils.

  • Install the bulb holder into the assembly, then install the lens and the two screws, and tighten them down just snug.

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