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How do you Change, Replace, or Install Broken 2000-2004 Subaru Outback Tail Light Replacement

Fits years: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

All Subaru Outback Tail Lights for sale Tools required:
  • 8mm socket/ratchet with extension

  • Flathead screwdriver

Step 1: Lift the vehicle's tailgate.

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.
These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to:

00 2000, 01 2001, 02 2002, 03 2003, 04 2004 Subaru Outback Tail Lights Replacement Instructions

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