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Ford Fusion License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the trunk lid of a 2nd generation 2013-2016 Ford Fusion with photos.

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2014 Fusion License Plate
Left License Plate Light
Push In Release Tab
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and perhaps also the updated 2017) Ford Fusion sedan in changing a burnt out license plate light bulb in the trunk lid.

Owners of other Ford or Lincoln vehicles such as the Focus, Fiesta, C-Max, Mustang, Escape, 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 bulbs are part number 2825.

You may also use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 168, W5W, 158, 194 or a compatible LED unit.

The only tool needed to access and replace the bulbs is a small flathead screwdriver used to release the light housings.

Pull Down Light Housing
Light Housing Removed
1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Gently push in the black plastic tab on the right side of the license plate light bulb housing to release it from the trunk lid.

Pull the light housing down out of the trunk lid.

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

Bulb Socket Removed
Pull Out Old Bulb
Old # W5W Light Bulb
Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket.


Push In New # W5W or 168
1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Re-Insert Wires First

Push a new # 2825, W5W or 168 bulb straight in to the socket.

(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 the socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

First push in the wires and re-insert the left side of the light housing.

Pop In Retaining Clip
Light Housing Re-Installed
Test New Light Bulb
Then gently pop 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 Fusion DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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