Ford F-150/F-250 How To Replace your Tail Light Assembly

Accidents happen and when they do you may need to replace your tail light assembly. In fifteen minutes, we'll have you looking fresh as new.

By Pizzaman711 - October 31, 2014

This article applies to the Ford F-150 (2004-2014) and F-250 Super Duty (2005-2014).

Replacing your taillight assembly is a super simple task. It can be done in a matter of 15 minutes and save you that hour labor charge at the shop. Whether your upgrading to aftermarket tail lights or just replacing a broken or cracked OEM assembly, we recommend doing it yourself if you have the tools.


  • 8mm socket and ratchet, or flat head screw driver depending on truck year
  • New assembly
  • New reverse bulbs and brake light bulbs if replacing those as well

Step 1 - Out with the old

  • Make sure the truck is off, the lights switched off, and all doors shut so that the rear lights are not on.
  • Lower the tailgate.
Figure 1. Remove the two bolts.
  • Remove the two bolts while supporting the taillight assembly in case it falls out.
  • If the assembly doesn’t fall out, pull on it with the pressure distributed easily and it will pop out (be cautious not to pull too hard where you fall back and rip the wires out).
  • Remove the bulbs. If using new bulbs, unclip the wiring harness from the bulb’s base and leave the old ones in the old assembly. If reusing the bulbs, hold the bulb by the base and turn it to unlock it from the housing, then pull it out paying careful attention not to touch the actual bulb glass.

Step 2 - In with the new

  • Install the new bulb.
  • Line up the assembly then push it in.
  • Re-install the two bolts and tighten until snug. Don’t over tighten them.
Figure 2. Install the new assembly.

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