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Replace tail light bulbs on a 2006 Ford F150.

Replacing Tail Lights On A
2006 Ford F150

(Covers Model Years 1997 to 2009)

In This Article:

Two bolts are removed and the plastic tail light housing is pried away. The bulb sockets are removed from the lens housing and the bulbs are pulled out.

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Skill Level: 2 (Basic)

Time Taken: About 15 Minutes

By Jim Wilk, Licensed Auto Body Technician


This 2006 Ford F150 had two bolts that needed to be unscrewed to remove the lens (red arrow).

Tail light bolt locations, Ford F150.


Removing bolts for tail light, F150.

I used an 8mm socket (or 5/16") to removed the bolts attaching the tail light assembly to the rear box side panel.


Then with a rigid putty knife, I pried on the lens gently to release the snap pins on the back part of the housing. Prying tail light housing from truck, Ford F150.


Snap pin or guide pin on tail light, Ford truck. The red arrow points to the snap pin


I turned each bulb socket counter clockwise (red arrows) to remove it from the lens.

Then I pulled the bulb straight out of the socket to remove it. I replaced each bulb with a new number 3157 clear bulb.

Removing bulb sockets from plastic tail light housing, Ford truck.


Tail light mounting area on rear of Ford pickup. View of tail light area with plastic housing removed.

Red arrows show the snap clips for the snap pins.

Tip I always apply a dab of grease or oil to these pins, so I don't crack the lens when pushing it back in. I also lubricate the bolt because this area of the truck gets a lot of dust and grime, and is prone to corrosion.


More Info:

Tools Used:

  • Basic Mechanic's Tools
  • 8mm or 5/16th Socket
  • Rigid Putty Knife

Materials Used:

  • #3157 Clear Bulb

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Written October 15, 2009