Step 2: Using the flathead screwdriver, remove the panel that covers the tail light's mounting area.
Step 3: Using the flathead screwdriver, remove the small panel above the mounting area.
Step 4: Remove the 8mm nuts found behind the panels that were just removed.
You may need to use a "deep" socket, as the studs can get in the way. It's not too difficult to do without one, however.
NOTE: Be careful not to drop the nut down behind the paneling!
Step 5: You can now remove the tail light assembly from the vehicle.
Step 6: Disconnect the wiring harness that powers the tail light assembly.
This harness connection is down inside the mounting area.
NOTE: If you ordered your replacement tail light from Go-Parts, it likely includes new bulbs and sockets, as most of our models do. This saves you an installation step! However, in case your particular model does not include bulbs, simply turn each socket counter-clockwise to remove them, and insert them into the new tail light assembly.
Step 7: Attach the wiring harness to the new tail light assembly and move it into place.
Use the guiding tabs to ensure proper placement when installing the tail light.
Step 8: Tighten the 8mm nuts onto the studs to secure the tail light.
Step 9: Reattach the two panels that cover the mounting area.
While we are more than happy to create these installation guides for your benefit, we cannot maintain any liability regarding the part, or the driving experience, once the part has been replaced/installed. We always guarantee the quality of the parts we provide, but the installation liability rests solely on the installer.
And, though we are always here to answer your questions, please note that our technicians created these guides for your convenience, and cannot provide assistance beyond this guide.
These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to
04 2004, 03 2003, 02 2002, 01 2001, 00 2000 Subaru Outback Tail Light Replacement Instructions