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How do you replace the third brake light on a 1995 through 2001 Ford Explorer all models?

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2007-03-12 06:39:51
2007-03-12 06:39:51

The third brake light is a flourescent light element (there is actually no bulb) that is one part of a two piece system. The second part is a ballast. The "light" is one inclusive trim package. The "ballast" can be purchased individually. Although there is no way to test which piece has gone bad, in most cases the ballast is the culprit. The ballast is the least expensive at around $100 from you local Ford dealer Open the lift gate and remove the trim panel by pulling the trim tabs (there is a tool available at your local parts store) to access the assemblies. Remove the bolts and disconnect the wires. Remove the nuts that hold the light and disconnect the wires.

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