2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid: DIY Bulb Replacement
August 30, 2012
The brake light on our 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid burnt out earlier this week. We had an idea this was on the horizon, as the turn signal recently started the quick-click death spiral. In the case of the Fusion, the turn indicator and brake light share the same bulb. But let's rewind...
Before you can pull back the carpet panel to access the bulb in the first picture, this plastic panel needs to be removed. It's not that difficult. Just wedge those fingernails, fingers or better yet, an appropriate tool underneath the fasteners attaching it to the trunk.
These guys are usually destroyed during the removal process, though we had a couple that survived. Replacements are a dime-a-dozen, so we bought new ones.
Actually, they cost about 6-bucks-a-dozen and come in 5-packs. Back to the bulb itself.
The new bulbs were equally cheap. And it was easy to find the correct bulb using the Sylvania website. Part numbers are universal, making it that much easier. We pulled out the old, fried bulb and put a new one in its place. We even have a spare for next time.
This was an easy one. Our total bill for all parts in this quickie-DIY was less than $10. And the job took us about 30 minutes, including a traffic-riddled drive to the auto parts shop.
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 22,665 miles