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Ford Crown Victoria License Plate Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to replace a burnt out license plate light bulb on a 2nd generation 1998 to 2011 Ford Crown Victoria with pictures.

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Remove 7mm Screws
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Two 7mm Screws Removed

This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 2nd generation 1998-2011 Ford Crown Victoria in replacing a burnt out license plate light bulb in the vehicle's trunk lid.

Owner's of other related "Panther" platform Ford, Lincoln or Mercury vehicles such as the Grand Marquis, Marauder, and Town Car, may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement license plate light bulb is part # 168 from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, Philips, Eiko, PIAA, and Putco.

The only tools needed to replace the bulb is a 7mm socket and ratcheting wrench. Use the socket and wrench to remove the two 7mm screws that hold the license plate light bulb housing in place. 

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Pry Out Bulb Housing
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Bulb Housing Removed
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1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
Once the two 7mm screws are removed, pry out the housing. You may need to use a small flathead screwdriver.

Turn the light tan light bulb socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.

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Remove Bulb Socket
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Pull Out Old # 168 Bult
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1/4 Turn Clockwise
Pull the old # 168 miniature wedge base bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new bulb.

Insert the bulb back into the housing and rotate the socket 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.



 
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Insert Bulb Housing
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Tighten Two 7mm Screws
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Test New License Plate Bulb
Insert the side of the license plate light bulb housing with the wires back into the trunk lid first and then pop the other side in.

Thread in the two screws and tighten them with the 7mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

Test the new license plate light bulb by turning on the parking lights or the headlights.

For more, check out my other Ford Crown Victoria Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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