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Assuming the XE model has the same tail light assembly as the SE, here is the process:

(Note: A bedliner if installed, may hamper this process by covering one or both of the screws mentioned below.)

1. Lower the tailgate and you'll see two hex-head (1/2 as I recall) screws (with nylon washer attached) on the vertical part of the bed immediately inside the tailgate. (Two each side, right and left).

2. Remove the two screws. The light assembly is now held in place along the outer edge by two snap-lock type studs. Carefully pull the assembly (it's all one piece) straight backward to dislodge the studs on the assembly from the spring-loaded snap-locks attached to the truck bed.

(Note: It may take some effort as the snap-locks on the light assemblies seem to hold very firmly. Using a thin, wide bladed instrument to help pry the light free might be necessary. But be careful not to over do it, as you can easily crack the lens or the molded trim around the lens)

3. Once out, you'll find 3 bulbs. The top bulb is the tail-light and brake light combination and takes a bulb (3356 I think) with two filaments. The middle bulb is an amber, single filament bulb for the turn indicator - and finally, the lower bulb is a single filament bulb for the reverse lights.

4. Remove the bad bulb by carefully turning the bulb holder about a 1/4 turn and pulling the holder and bulb out of the light assembly.

5. Install the new bulb, replace the holder by reversing the steps in #4 above.

6. Replace the light assembly by aligning it with the opening in the truck body, making sure the two studs on the assembly are aligned with the snap-locks. Firmly press the assembly into place until the snap-locks engage.

7. Check for proper fit and alignment, and replace the two hex-head screws. Make sure the original washer is attached to prevent water leaking into the tail light assembly.

Sounds more complicated than it is...should take you not more than 10 minutes or so.

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