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Ford Escape License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the tailgate door of a 3rd generation 2013 to 2016 Ford Escape SUV.

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2015 Escape License Plate
Left Side Light Housing
Press In Black Release Tab
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 license plate light bulb in the tailgate.

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 part number is 2825, 168 or W5W which are available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Eiko and PIAA.

You could also use a brighter compatible 2825 LED bulb.

The only tool needed to access and replace the license plate light bulbs is a small flathead screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool.

Pull Out Light Housing
1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Bulb Socket Removed
Gently push in the black plastic release tab on the right side of the license plate light bulb housing.

Pull the housing down out of the tailgate door.

Rotate the base of the bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Old Bulb Removed
Push In New W5W or 168
Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 2825, 168 or W5W bulb.

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

Re-Insert Wires First
Pop In Retaining Clip
Test New Light Bulb
First re-insert the wires on the left side of the housing in to the opening on the tailgate.

Then gently snap in the retaining clip on the right side of the housing.

To test the new license plate light bulbs, turn on the headlights or press the "Unlock" button on the key fob.

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

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