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Ford Fusion Reverse Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out reverse bulb in the tail lights of a 2nd generation 2013-2016 Ford Fusion sedan with photos.

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2014 Fusion Tail Lights
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Reverse Bulb In Trunk Lid
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Two Nuts - Outer Edge

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and maybe also the updated 2017) Ford Fusion sedan in changing a burnt out reverse bulb in the tail light housings.

Owners of other Ford or Lincoln vehicles such as the Focus, Fiesta, C-Max, Mustang, Escape, Transit Connect, Edge, Flex, Explorer, Expedition, Taurus, F-150, EcoSport, MKC, MKZ, MKS, MKX, MKT and the Navigator may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement reverse light bulb is part number 921 which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko and PIAA.

The tools needed to access and replace the bulbs include a 11mm socket, a ratcheting wrench and either a flathead screwdriver or a pair of needle nose pliers.

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Loosen 11mm Nuts
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Turn Counterclockwise
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Two 11mm Nuts Removed
The first two steps are to open the trunk lid and then move to the side of the car with the burnt out reverse light bulb.

(The brake and rear turn signal lights are LED bulbs that should last the life time of the vehicle.)

Loosen the two black metal nuts on the outer edge of the trunk lid by turning them counterclockwise with an 11mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

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Pry Out Pop Rivet
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Pull Out With Pliers
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Remove 2nd Pop Rivet
Then move to the carpeted trunk lid liner and pry out the two black plastic pop rivets that hold the outside edge in place.

You can use either a flathead screwdriver, a pair of needle nose pliers or a plastic automotive panel removal tool.

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Pull Back Trunk Lid Liner
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3rd 11mm Nut
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Loosen Counterclockwise
Gently pull back the trunk lid liner to expose the third nut that holds the reverse bulb housing in place.

Loosen the 11mm nut by turning it counterclockwise.

Set the three nuts and two plastic pop rivets aside in a safe place.

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3 11mm Nuts & 2 Pop Rivets
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Pull Off Tail Light Housing
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Gently pull the reverse bulb housing off the trunk lid.

Turn over the housing to access the reverse bulb socket.



 

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Remove Bulb Socket
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Pull Out Old Light Bulb
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Push In New # 921 Bulb
Rotate the bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 921 bulb.

I'd recommend buying the Sylvania 921 LL long life bulbs since they tend to last for years.

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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Line Up Tail Light Assembly
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Push On To Trunk Lid
Re-insert the socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Line up the reverse light housing and gently push it back on to the trunk lid.

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Spin On 11mm Nut
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Replace Outer 11mm Nuts
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Tighten Clockwise
Spin on the three 11mm nuts in the clockwise direction a few turns by hand to prevent them from becoming cross threaded.

Tighten the nuts by turning them clockwise with the 11mm socket and ratcheting wrench until they are snug.

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Tighten 2nd Outer 11mm
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Tighten Inner 11mm Nut
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Push In Pop Rivets
Try to avoid over tightening the nuts to prevent from cracking the plastic housing.

Replace the trunk lid liner and push in the two pop rivets.

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Push In 2nd Pop Rivet
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Testing Tail Lights
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Test New Reverse Light Bulb
Test the tail light bulbs by having someone step on the brake pedal, activate the hazard signals and place the transmission in reverse.

For more, check out my other 2013-2016 Ford Fusion DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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