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Ford Escape Cargo Area Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out cargo area or "trunk" light bulb in a 3rd generation 2013 to 2016 Ford Escape with photos.

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2015 Escape Cargo Light
Gently Pry Out Housing
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 3rd generation (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and maybe also the refreshed 2017 model year) Ford Escape SUV in changing a burnt out light bulb in the cargo area.

Owners of other Ford or Lincoln vehicles such as the Focus, Fusion, C-Max, Mustang, Fiesta, Transit Connect, Edge, Flex, Explorer, Expedition, Taurus, F-150, EcoSport, MKC, MKZ, MKS, MKX, MKT and the Navigator may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The replacement bulb is part number 2825. If necessary, you may also use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 168, 158, 194, W5W or a compatible LED unit.

The only tool needed to access and replace the old bulb is a small flathead screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool used to pry out the light housing.

Remove Light Housing
Disconnect Power Plug
Insert the small flathead screwdriver in to the notch on the front edge of the cargo light housing.

Gently pry out the light housing from the plastic panel.

Press in the release tab on the black plastic electrical connector and slide it out of its socket.

Gently Push Out Old Bulb
Old Bulb Removed
Gently push the old bulb out of the socket.


Push In New # W5W
Push In Electrical Connector
Push a new # 2825, W5W or 168 bulb in to the socket.

If necessary, you may also be able to use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 158, 2825, 194 or compatible LED unit.

Push the power plug straight in to its socket on the base of the light housing.

Re-Insert Rear Edge
Gently Pop In Light Housing
First re-insert the wires and the rear edge of the housing in to the cargo area panel.

Then gently pop in the retaining clip on the front edge of the housing.

If the new bulb didn't light up as soon as you plugged in the power plug, test it by pressing the "Unlock" button on the key fob or by closing and opening the tailgate door.

For more, check out my other 2013-2016 Ford Escape DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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