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Ford Escape Footwell Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out front passenger footwell light bulb under the glove box of a 2013 to 2016 Ford Escape.

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Front Passenger Footwell
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Squeeze Plastic Fastener
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Two Fasteners Removed

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 3rd generation (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and maybe also the revised 2017 model year) Ford Escape SUV in changing a burnt out front passenger footwell light bulb located under the glove box.

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, W5W or 168.

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

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

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Fabric Cover Removed
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Insert Screwdriver In Notch
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Pry Out Light Housing
Locate the fabric panel under the glove box on the passenger side of the vehicle.

Squeeze the sides of the two black plastic fasteners and slide them straight down off the yellow plastic pop rivets.

Remove the fabric footwell cover and set it aside in a safe place.

Insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in to the notch on the right (passenger) side of the light bulb housing and gently pry it out.

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Disconnect Power Plug
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Pull Out Old W5W Bulb
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Push In New W5W or 168
Press the release tab on the electrical connector before sliding the power plug straight out of its socket.

If the old bulb was recently illuminated, be careful since it might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.

Carefully pull the light bulb out of its socket.

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

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



 

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Re-Insert Wires First
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Gently Pop In Clip
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Replace Fabric Panel
Push the power plug straight in to the socket on the side of the light housing.

First re-insert the wires and electrical connector on the left side of the housing in to the opening.

Then gently snap in the retaining clip on the right side of the housing to secure it in place.

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Push On Fasteners
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Fabric Cover Secured
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Test New Footwell Light
Replace the fabric footwell cover and push on the two black plastic fasteners to secure it in place.

If the new light bulb didn't light up as soon as you plugged in the electrical connector, test it by pressing the unlock button on the key fob to activate the interior lights.

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

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