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Ford Taurus Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out reverse bulb in the tail light housings of a revised 6th generation 2013 & 2014 Ford Taurus.

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Paul B. Michaels
Author & Photographer
Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2013 Taurus LED Tail Lights
Open Trunk Lid
Pry Out Pop Rivet Fastener
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the updated 6th generation (2013, 2014 and probably also the 2015 model year) Ford Taurus sedan in changing a burnt out reverse light bulb in the tail light assemblies.

Owners of other Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles with similar tail light housings such as the Fiesta, Fusion, Focus, C-Max, MKS, MKZ, Milan, Grand Marquis, Mariner and may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement reverse light bulb for the 2013, 2014 & 2015 models is part number 921.

The 2010, 2011 & 2012 models use the following bulbs: Brake # 3057, Turn Signal # 7440A and Reverse (2011-2012) # 5008 or (2010 Taurus) # 7440.

The tools needed to access the reverse bulbs include a flathead screwdriver and/or a pair of needle nose pliers.

Pop Rivet Removed
3 Fasteners Removed
Pull Back Trunk Lid Liner
The first step is to open the trunk lid and move to the side of the car with the burnt out reverse light bulb.

Pry out the round black plastic pop rivet friction fasteners on the grey carpeted trunk lid liner closest to the light housing either using the flathead screwdriver or the needle nose pliers.

Remove at least three of the pop rivets and then pull back the trunk lid liner.

Reverse Light Bulb Socket
1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
Remove Bulb Socket
Reach in and rotate the black plastic reverse bulb socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.
Pull Out Old Reverse Bulb
Push In New # 921 Bulb
Re-Insert Bulb Socket


Pull the old reverse bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new number 921 bulb.

If you would like to have brighter reverse lights, install some compatible 921 LED bulbs.

Re-insert the socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Replace Carpet Liner
Push In Pop Rivet Fasteners
Replace the trunk lid liner and push in the black plastic pop rivet friction fasteners.
3 Fasteners Replaced
Trunk Lid Liner Replaced
Test New Reverse Light Bulb
Test the new reverse light bulb by having someone step on the brake pedal and place the transmission in reverse.

For more, please check out my other Ford Taurus DIY Repair Guides.

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