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Ford Taurus Trunk Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out cargo area light bulb in the trunk of a sixth generation 2010 to 2014 Ford Taurus sedan.

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Paul B. Michaels
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Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2013 Taurus Trunk Light
Pry Out Rear Edge Housing
Gently Pop Out Old Bulb
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 6th generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014) Ford Taurus sedan in changing a burnt out cargo area light bulb in the trunk.

Owners of other Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles with similar cargo area light housings such as the Fiesta, Fusion, Focus, C-Max, Mustang, Escape, Transit Connect, Explorer, Edge, Expedition, Flex, MKS, MKZ, MKT, MKX, Navigator, Milan, Grand Marquis, Mariner and Mountaineer may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement "festoon" or "fuse" type bulb is part number 578 from manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, PIAA and Eiko.

You could also choose a brighter 578 LED bulb.

The only tool needed to replace the bulb is a small flathead screwdriver used to pry out the housing.

Old # 578 Festoon Bulb
Empty Bulb Socket
Push In New # 578 Bulb
Insert the blade of the flathead screwdriver in to the rear edge (closest to the back of the vehicle) of the cargo bulb housing and gently pry it out from the carpeted trunk liner.

Press the release button on the power plug and slide it out of the socket.

New Bulb Installed
Re-Insert Wires First
Push In Bulb Housing
Gently pull out the old bulb or carefully pry it out with the flathead screwdriver.

Be careful when removing the old bulb since it can shatter if you apply too much pressure to the glass part of the bulb.

Push a new 578 bulb straight in to the socket and re-connect the power plug.

(Tip - If you are installing an LED bulb and it doesn't work at first, try flipping it around in the socket.)

Re-insert the wires at the front edge of the housing in first and then pop in the rear edge.

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

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