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Ford Crown Victoria Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to replace the brake, turn signal and reverse bulbs in the tail light assemblies of a 1998-2011 Ford Crown Victoria.

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Crown Victoria Tail Lights
Trunk Carpeting
Pull Back Trunk Carpet
This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 2nd generation 1998-2011 Ford Crown Victoria in replacing the brake, turn signal and reverse bulbs in the tail light assemblies.

Owner's of other related '98-'11 "Panther" platform Ford, Mercury or Lincoln vehicles such as the Grand Marquis, Marauder, and Town Car, may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

Replacement bulbs include the following with their part numbers: Brake/Stop Lamp # 4157 or 3157K, Rear Turn Signal # 4157 or 3157K and Reverse / Back Up Lamp # 3156.

The only tool needed to replace any of the tail light bulbs is either an 11mm socket or a 7/16 socket with a 1/4" drive ratchet.

You could also use a standard 11mm wrench or an adjustable crescent wrench.

Loosen 3 Tail Light Nuts
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Spin Off 11mm Nuts
The first two steps are to pop open the trunk and move to the corner of the vehicle with the burnt out tail light bulbs.

Pull off the round black plastic fastener that holds the grey carpeting to the rear corner of the trunk.

Lift the grey trunk carpeting away from the corner of the trunk to expose the three nuts that secure the tail light assembly to the rear of the vehicle.

Pull Off Carpet Fastener
Three 11mm Nuts Removed
Pull Off Tail Light Assembly
Use either an 11mm metric or SAE 7/16 socket with a ratcheting wrench to remove the three silver nuts and set them aside in a safe place.

Move to the outside of the vehicle and gently pull off the tail light assembly. If you have trouble removing the tail light housing, try tapping on the exposed screw ends on the inside of the trunk with the ratcheting wrench to help dislodge it.

Flip Over Tail Light
Brake Light Socket
1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
Turn over the tail light assembly and rest it on the bumper.

To avoid scratching the paint on the bumper or the plastic tail light, place a towel in between them.

The brake light is located closer to the center line of the vehicle while the turn signal bulb is located near the outer edge of the car.

Remove the brake light or turn signal light bulb sockets by rotating them 1/4 turn counter clockwise before pulling them straight out.

Remove Brake Light Socket
Pull Out Old Brake Light Bulb
Push In New # 3157K Bulb
Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and carefully push in a new # 4157 or 3157K light bulb.
Sylvania 3157K
1/4 Turn Clockwise
Brake Light Secure
Insert the new bulb and the socket back into the tail light housing. Rotate the socket 1/4 turn clockwise to lock it in place.


Turn Signal Bulb Socket
1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
Remove Turn Signal Socket
Pull Out Turn Signal Bulb
Insert New # 3157 Bulb
1/4 Turn Clockwise
Line Up Tail Light Assembly
Replace Wiring Grommet
Push Assembly In Place
If you pulled out the black round rubber wiring grommet to give yourself more room to work on the tail light, push it back in place.

Line up the 3 screw ends on the tail light assembly with the holes in the rear corner of the vehicle and push them into place.

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Spin On 11mm Nuts
Tighten 3 Tail Light Nuts
Hold the tail light assembly in place with one hand while spinning on the three 11mm nuts to the screw ends in the corner of the trunk.

Tighten the three nuts with the 11mm or 7/16 socket to just past hand tight. Do not over tighten the nuts to avoid cracking the plastic tail light housing.

Replace Trunk Carpeting
Push On Trunk Fastener
Reverse Light
Push the grey trunk carpet back in place over the rear corner of the trunk.

Push on the round black plastic fastener to hold the carpet in place.

The reverse or "back up" lamps are situated by themselves inside the trunk lid next to the license plate.

Underside of Trunk Lid
1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
Remove Reverse Socket
To access the reverse light bulb, open the trunk lid and locate the light grey and green socket.

Rotate the socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out of the underside of the trunk lid.

Reverse # 3156 Bulb
Push In New Bulb
1/4 Turn Clockwise
Pull the old reverse light bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 3156 bulb.

Insert the new bulb and socket back into the trunk lid and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to lock it in place.

Reverse Bulb Secured
Test Back Up Light Bulb
Test Brake & Turn Signal
Test the new tail light bulbs by having someone turn on the parking lights, stepping on the brake pedal, activating the turn signals and place the transmission into reverse.

For more, check out my other Ford Crown Victoria Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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