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Ford EcoSport License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the tailgate of a 2nd generation 2013 to 2021 Ford EcoSport.

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2020 License Plate
Right Side Light Housing
Small Opening - Right
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 Ford EcoSport compact SUV in changing a burnt out license plate light located in the tailgate door for the cargo area or upgrading both bulbs to brighter LED units.

Owners of other Ford or Lincoln vehicles such as the Fiesta, B-Max, Escape, Edge, Bronco Sport, Explorer, Expedition, Transit, Focus, Mondeo, S-Max, Puma, Kuga, Endura, Everest, Ka, Figo, Endeavour, Aviator, Corsair, Nautilus and Navigator may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The compatible replacement miniature wedge base light bulb part number is 2825 (also known as W5W).

If you would like to have brighter license plate lights, install some 2825 LED bulbs.

The only tool needed to remove the housing and access the light bulb is a small plastic pry bar tool or a flat head screwdriver.

The steps for changing the bulb on the driver side and the passenger side are the same.

Look for the small notch (opening) on the right side of the light housing.


Insert Screwdriver
Release Retaining Clip
Pull Out Light Housing
Insert the blade of the flat head screwdriver or your small plastic pry bar tool into the small opening on the right edge of the housing.

Gently push in the metal retaining clip to release it from the tailgate door.

Carefully hold in the release tab while pulling the housing down.

Remove the housing from the underside of the tailgate. Try to avoid pulling on the wires.

Left Side Housing
Push In Metal Clip
Remove Left Housing
Repeat the process to remove the left (driver) side housing.

Insert the flat head screwdriver into the notch on the right side of the housing.

Push in the metal retaining clip and pull the housing out of the tailgate.

1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Pull Out Old Light Bulb
Old Light Bulb Removed
Rotate the black plastic bulb socket 1/4 turn in the counterclockwise direction before pulling it straight out of the housing.

If the old light bulb was recently turned on, be careful when you remove it. The bulb might still be hot enough to burn your fingers.

Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket.

If you have trouble removing the old light bulb due to rust, sand or debris, try gently wiggling the bulb while pulling it straight out.

Try to avoid using excessive pressure on the bulb to prevent from having it break between your fingers.

Push In New Light Bulb
1/4 Turn Clockwise
Re-Insert Wires First
Push a new number 2825 light bulb (also known as part number W5W) straight into the socket.

If you'd like to have brighter lights that will also last much longer before burning out, install some 2825 LED bulbs.

I recommend testing the new LED bulbs before re-installing the sockets into the housings.

Tip - If you installed an LED bulb and it doesn't work, remove it from the socket, rotate it 180 degrees and push it back into the socket. Some LED bulbs are "polarized" and will only work when the "+" positive and "-" negative electrical contacts are in the correct orientation.

Re-insert the bulb socket into the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn in the clockwise direction to secure it in place.

First, re-insert the wires on the left side of the housing back into the opening in the underside of the tailgate door.

Push In Retaining Clip
Left Housing Re-Installed
Replace Right Housing
Gently in the right side of the housing to secure the metal retaining clip.

You should feel or hear the retaining clip "click" securely into place.

Right Housing Secured
Test New Light Bulbs
New Light Bulb Installed

Repeat the procedure to re-install the other light housing.

To test the new light bulbs, turn on the parking lights or the headlights. You can also press the "Unlock" button on the key fob to re-activate the exterior lights.

Double check that the two light housings are securely in place.

Be sure to write down the bulb change in your vehicle's service records.

For more, check out all of the 2013-2021 Ford EcoSport DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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