How To Change The Tail Lights On 1997 Ford Escort

Learning how to change the tail lights on your 1997 Ford Escort will prevent you from making a potentially-expensive trip to a dealer or mechanic. The Escort's tail lights are housed within its rear-lamp lens. Accessing and replacing the bulb should take less than fifteen minutes.

To change the tail lights on the 1997 Ford Escort, you will need:

  • Clean gloves
  • Replacement bulb 3157
  • Phillips screwdriver
  1. Prepare and gather your tools and supplies. Have your replacement bulb, gloves and screwdriver handy. Make sure the Escort's engine is shut down and set the parking brake.
  2. Access the tail light. Open the trunk to view the rear lamp's back case. The lamp is visible in the rear-corner of the trunk.
  3. Remove the rear lamp. Use the Phillips screwdriver to remove the two screws on the rear lamp's back case. Gently push the back case to release the rear lamp from the Escort. Grab the exterior part of the lamp and pull it out.
  4. Remove the bulb. Turn the tail-light socket to the left; pull the socket straight toward you to view the bulb. Gently pull the bulb from the socket.
  5. Install the new bulb. Insert the new bulb into the socket. Push the socket back into the rear lamp; turn it clockwise.
  6. Re-insert the rear lamp. Push the rear lamp into place. Replace the two screws.


  • It is essential to wear gloves. If you touch the bulb with your hands, you risk contaminating it, which may cause it to burnt out.
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