: Back Up Light Out....



DopeStar 156
06-10-09, 07:04 PM
How do you go about changing a burnt out back up light on my '89 Fleetwood Brougham? I can't seem to find a place to access the bulb and my FSM doesn't say how to do it......

Angry Matt
06-10-09, 08:12 PM
Open the trunk and there will be a phillips head screw above the lens in the filler. Take that out and the assembly should come right out. Since these face up they tend to rust and strip. You might have to drill the screw out.

DopeStar 156
06-10-09, 08:39 PM
Open the trunk and there will be a phillips head screw above the lens in the filler. Take that out and the assembly should come right out. Since these face up they tend to rust and strip. You might have to drill the screw out.

Dammit.... I was afraid of that.... They don't appear to have any heads left on them.... How do you drill something out? I've heard the term used before but never had it explained....

Angry Matt
06-10-09, 10:02 PM
Get a metal drill bit that is slightly smaller than the screw threads and drill at the head and hope it pops out. Once you get the head off you should be able to pull the bezel off freeing the lens. Don't push too hard with the drill, the tab it screws into is plastic with one of those threaded clips on it. I attached a pic of it out so you can see what you're working with.

DopeStar 156
06-10-09, 10:19 PM
Get a metal drill bit that is slightly smaller than the screw threads and drill at the head and hope it pops out. Once you get the head off you should be able to pull the bezel off freeing the lens. Don't push too hard with the drill, the tab it screws into is plastic with one of those threaded clips on it. I attached a pic of it out so you can see what you're working with.

Well ****....

Can I assume that the thread of those screws are the same size as the ones that hold the taillight bezels on? They too thread into those little clips....

Angry Matt
06-10-09, 10:29 PM
Yeah, they look about the same. I wonder if you'd be better off putting a torx screw back in there. And that tab isn't plastic, it's that white metal. Just as bad. If you have extra tail lights just use the clips from there, they should work, or pocket some from a yard since they're easier to access.

DopeStar 156
06-11-09, 12:14 AM
My idea was to put a dab of hot glue in there to keep moisture out and prevent the future screws from rotting. I dunno I'm open to suggestions....

Angry Matt
06-11-09, 08:41 PM
Thats not a bad idea at all. Maybe a hex head would work too, if a socket will fit in there. A phillips is just stupid, they rot the easiest and they always strip. When I pulled that light out to take the pic for you last night I noticed my other one is rotten too. Good thing I just bought new drill bits.