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Thread: Tail Lights, 1969 LeSabre

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    Tail Lights, 1969 LeSabre

    This may be the dumb question of the day but Iíll ask. I canít see a simple way to get to the tail light to remove and replace the burned out bulbs in my LeSabreís rear bumper. I can barely get my hand into the area let alone try and remove a connection. I donít see an obvious access panel through the trunk either. It appears as though I have to drop the bumper to replace lights. Any thoughts?

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    Looking at the pictures, I would have thought it would have been through the trunk...


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    1965-70 are all the same base design for the Le Sabre, so the 1967 Chassis Manual should be helpful.

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    Timmy,
    The question is a good one, which the '69 shop manual does not appear to help answer correctly. It lumps all car series together and says the sockets can be snapped out from inside the trunk compartment.

    Attached are the '69 pages showing instructions and the rear bumper wiring harness.
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    The 1970 model is most like the '69 for LeSabres. The '70 shop manual is more helpful as well. It indicates rear lamp sockets can be removed from beneath the bumper on LeSabre and Wildcat.

    If room is inadequate to twist the sockets out from below, there is a procedure given to replace the tail light lens assembly by removing some bolts and rocking the bumper down without removing it from the car. There is a wiring harness plug on the left end that disconnects the bumper harness from the body if needed. This looks like a 2- or 3-man job.

    Attached are the pages from the '70 shop manual. Hope this helps.
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    Smile Thank you!

    Awesome! Thank you all for the info. Iíll do a stare and compare this evening after work and let you know. The diagrams sure do look like the light sockets should just pop out but when staring in to the area from below, it just doesnít look so. Breaking anything is obviously something hung I want to avoid. Again, thank you and Iíll let ya know how it goes.

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    Thin/skinny hands/arms help tremendously in this instance.
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    I ended up pulling the bumper, cleaning everything, checking all of the wiring and replaced all of the bulbs. The ground was bad which was why the brake lights were not working in the first place. My arms were not skinny enough to do the work with the bumper on. Having the license plate and plate carrier removed did help later when one of the replacement bulbs quit. Thanks again to those who threw out ideas!

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