1. Getting Started - Prepare for the tail light change
2. Remove Tail Light Bulb - Steps to remove a burnt out bulb
3. Helpful Hints - How to find tail light replacement bulb type and other hints
4. Replace Bulb - Procedures to replace the new bulb
5. More Info. - Additional information on changing tail lights
Hans Angermeier is an ASE certified Maintenance and Light Repair Technician and has produced over 100,000 videos showing drivers how to fix things on their cars. He has broad expertise on basic repair procedures covering the majority of cars on the road. Over the past 10 years, Hans has been focused on building CarCareKiosk, which is visited by millions of drivers each month.
This video demonstrates how to change a burnt out taillight bulb on your 1996 Ford Windstar. Tail lights are also called rear position lights or running lights. Some of the other bulbs in the tail light cluster such as the brake light or turn signal may also function as the tail light in your Windstar. It is possible for the turn signal or brake light to work but the tailight part to be burnt out - replacing the bulb on your Windstar will restore functionality to both. Since the tailights are on whenever your parking lights or headlights are on, they will burn out eventually. Burn out tail lights are a common reason for a police officer to pull you over, so we recommend changing all of the tail lights on your Windstar whenever one is burnt out.
When changing the tailight bulb on your Windstar, be careful not to touch the glass part of the new bulb as this will cause the tailight bulb to burn out quicker.
Small bulbs that burn out regularly - did you know you can replace these with LED lights?
If your battery has green or white cruddy deposits, it is probably not getting enough juice from and will likely wear out sooner
Harsh downshifts? Slipping gears? You might be low on transmission fluid
Flushing the coolant in your car is not that hard and will extend the life of your engine tremendously - learn how here!