It’s been too long since I updated this blog. My server now boasts a completely MicroSith-free computing environment, running Firefox, Evolution, and most importantly, Fedora Core 6 (now with absolutely no NTFS-drivers).
I learned something today. It seems I\’m the first person who\’s needed to change a bulb in the rear tail light of my particular vehicle\’s model year.
It\’s actually quite remarkably easy to do with few tools available, assuming you have a spare bulb. Your local Ford dealership can help you with that; I bought a spare bulb at Courtesy Ford for $2.66. Here\’s how to change it:
- Pop the trunk
- Remove the two Phillips-head screws holding the cover on
- Using a slotted screwdriver, pry the cover away from the side of the vehicle (carefully!)
- Twist the bulb seat away from the cover, a 1/3 turn counterclockwise.
- Pull the old bulb out; discard according to any local laws
- Push new bulb in
- Test both your turn signal functions and brake light functions!!!!!
- Return bulb assembly to cover; twist 1/3 turn clockwise to reattach it
- Push tail light assembly clips into the seats on the side of the vehicle
- Replace the two Phillips-head screws holding the cover on
- Close the trunk; clean up
As you can see, it is quite easy; performing this operation takes less than 15 minutes if executed properly and you have an idea of what you need to do. In my case, it took slightly longer, because there is no material available on the internet. Therefore, I hope this page can become a useful guide to anyone who needs to change the turn signal/brake bulb on their 1998 Ford Escort SE.
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I am now an independent contractor for Vector Marketing, which is a company created exclusively to sell CUTCO Cutlery. Nice people, great bosses. and the most flexible work schedule: If I need a day off, I just don’t schedule anything that day. No more being required to close, no more mountain of paperwork to change my schedule or request days off. It’s quite nice, really.