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Ford Taurus License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate bulb on the rear of a 6th generation 2010 to 2014 Ford Taurus sedan with photos.

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Paul B. Michaels
Author & Photographer
Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2013 Taurus License Plate Light
Remove Phillips Head Screw
2nd Phillips Head Screw
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 6th generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014) Ford Taurus sedan in changing a burnt out license plate light bulb in the rear bumper or replacing them both with brighter LED units.

Owners of other Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles with similar license plate lights such as the Fiesta, Fusion, Focus, C-Max, Mustang, Escape, Transit Connect, Explorer, Edge, Expedition, Flex, MKS, MKZ, MKT, MKX, Navigator, Milan, Grand Marquis, Mariner and Mountaineer may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement bulb for the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and possibly also the 2015 model year Taurus is a # 6418 "festoon" or "fuse" style bulb.

If you would like to have brighter license plate lights, install some compatible 6418 LED bulbs.

The 2010 model year uses a number 168 miniature wedge base bulb.

The tools needed to replace the bulbs is a standard Phillips head screwdriver and a small flathead screwdriver.

Pry Out Bulb Housing
Bulb Housing Removed
Pull Out Old Bulb
Loosen the two screws on the license plate light bulb housing by turning them counter clockwise with a Phillips head screwdriver.

Set the two screws aside in a safe place.

If the bulb housing doesn't fall out on its own, gently pry it out with a small flathead screwdriver.

Be careful since the old bulb may be hot enough to burn your fingers if it had recently been illuminated.

Carefully pull the old bulb out of the socket in the center of the housing.

Old # 6418 Bulb
Push In New # 6418 Bulb
Re-Insert Bulb Housing
Insert a new # 6418 "festoon" or "fuse" style bulb in to the socket.

(The 2010 model year Ford Taurus uses # 168 license plate light bulbs.)

Push the light housing back in to the bumper and hold it in place.

Tighten Phillips Head Screws
Replace 2nd Phillips Screw
Test New License Plate Bulbs
Insert the two Phillips head screws and tighten them in the clockwise direction until they are snug.

Test the new license plate light bulbs by turning on the headlights or pressing the "Unlock" button on the key fob remote control.

Tip - If you are installing an LED bulb and it doesn't work at first, try flipping it around in the socket.

For more, please check out my other Ford Taurus DIY Repair Guides.

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