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Ford EcoSport Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out brake, parking and rear turn signal light bulb in a 2013 to 2021 Ford EcoSport SUV.

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2020 EcoSport Tail Lights
Open Tailgate Door
Passenger Side Housing
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 brake, parking light or rear turn signal light bulb in the located in the tail light housing.

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 light bulb part numbers for this 2020 EcoSport Titanium are as follows: Brake & Parking Light # W21/5W (also known as 7443) and Rear Turn Signal # WY21W (also known as 7440A or 7440NA).

If you would like to have brighter tail lights that will also last much longer before burning out like the traditional incandescent bulbs, install some W21/5W LED and WY21W LED units.

Please verify the part numbers on the old light bulbs in your vehicle before purchasing new bulbs.

No tools are needed to remove the housing on the left (driver) side of the vehicle.

To remove the tail light housing on the right (passenger) side of the SUV, you'll need a Torx T25 star bit screwdriver.

To access the light bulbs in either housing, you'll need a small #0 Philips head screwdriver such as from a precision screwdriver set or a jeweler's screwdriver kit.

The first step is to open the side-hinged tailgate door. The release latch is located under the chrome trim piece on the right (passenger) side just above the red reflector and the "Titanium" badge in the picture above.

Swing open the tailgate door and move to the side of the SUV with the burnt out tail light housing.


Driver Side Light Housing
Driver Side Cargo Area
Pull Out Fabric Cover
First, we'll remove the driver side housing. If you need to remove the right (passenger) side housing, skip down the page.

Locate the fabric access cover on the left side of the cargo area near the tail light housing.

Gently pull the cover out of the carpeted cargo area liner.

Access Cover Removed
Two Plastic Thumb Nuts
Loosen Counterclockwise
Set the access cover aside in a safe place.

On the driver side, the tail light housing is secured in place by two white plastic long handled thumb nuts.

Loosen the thumb nuts by turning them in the counterclockwise direction.

First Thumb Nut Removed
Loosen Second Fastener
Second Nut Removed
Set the two white plastic thumb nuts aside in a safe place.
Two Fasteners Removed
Two Threaded Bar Ends
Pull Off Light Housing
The tail light housing is still held in place by a slot on the front outer edge attached to the button head of a pop rivet on the rear corner of the vehicle.

Carefully pull the tail light housing straight off the SUV.

Light Housing Removed
Push In Release Tab
Disconnect Power Plug
If you have trouble removing the housing, try gently wiggling the housing back and forth while pulling it straight back away from the vehicle.

Push in the release tab on the white plastic electrical connector before sliding it straight out of its socket.

Rest Housing On Towel
Passenger Side Housing
Twist Off One Fastener
Set the light housing down on a soft surface such as a towel or inside the cargo area to help prevent the lens cover from being scratched or marred.

To remove the light housing on the right (passenger) side, remove the fabric access cover inside the cargo area.

Spin off the one white plastic thumb nut by turning it in the counterclockwise direction.

Loosen Top Screw
Loosen Bottom Screw
Two Screws Removed
Loosen the two black metal screws on the inner edge of the passenger side tail light housing by turning them in the counterclockwise direction with a Torx T-25 screwdriver or a Torx T-25 socket and a ratchet.

Set the two screws aside in a safe place.

Pull Off Passenger Housing
Push In Release Button
Disconnect Power Plug
The passenger side housing is also held in place by a friction fastener.

Pull the housing straight back away from the vehicle to dislodge the slot from the pop rivet's button head.

Push in the release button on the electrical connector before sliding the power plug straight out of the socket.

Loosen Small Screws
Turn Counterclockwise
Remove 3rd Screw
Loosen the four small screws by turning them in the counterclockwise direction with a #0 Phillips head screwdriver.
Remove 4th Screw
Four Screws Removed
Pull Out Bulb Bracket
Set the four small Phillips head screws aside in a safe place.

Carefully pull the black plastic bulb holder bracket out of the back side of the tail light housing.

Bulb Holder Removed
Brake / Parking Light
Push In New Light Bulb
Turn over the bracket to access the two light bulbs.

Pull the clear brake and parking light bulb straight out of the socket.

If you have trouble removing the bulb from the socket, put on a pair of gloves to protect your fingers and try gently wiggling the bulb while pulling it straight out.

Avoid using excessive pressure on the bulb to prevent it from popping and cutting your fingers.

Push a new number W21/5W (also known as # 7443) light bulb straight into the socket.

Avoid touching the new incandescent bulb with your fingers. If you do get the new bulb dirty, wipe it clean with a paper towel and some rubbing alcohol.

If you'd like to have brighter parking and brake lights, install some compatible replacement W21/5W LED bulbs.

Rear Turn Signal Bulb
OEM Turn Signal Bulb
Push In New Amber Bulb
Pull the old rear turn signal light bulb straight out of the socket.

Push a new amber (or "natural amber") colored number WY21W (also known as 7440A or 7440NA) light bulb straight into the socket.

If you'd like to have brighter rear turn signals, install some compatible replacement WY21W LED bulbs.

New Bulbs Installed
Lower In Bulb Bracket
Replace Four Screws
Make sure the new light bulbs are clean.

If there is any dirt, oil or grease on the new light bulbs, it could cause a hot spot and lead to premature failure.

Lower the bulb bracket down into the light housing.

Replace the four small Phillips head screws by turning them in the clockwise direction until they are snug.

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Try to avoid over tightening the screws to prevent from cracking the plastic bulb holder.
Push In Power Plug
Line Up Slot & Pop Rivet
Slide On Light Housing
Hold the left (driver) side tail light housing near the rear corner of the SUV.

Push the white plastic electrical connector straight into its socket.

You should feel or hear the power plug "click" securely into place.

Line up the black plastic slot on the front corner of the tail light housing with the black plastic pop rivet button head attached to the rear corner of the painted metal body panel.

Slide the tail light housing into place.

Threaded Bars Inserted
Spin On Plastic Nuts
Tighten Clockwise
Spin on the two plastic thumb nuts on to the threaded bar ends in the clockwise direction until they are snug.
Re-Insert Access Cover
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Fabric Cover Replaced
Re-insert the fabric access cover.
Push In Connector
Align Slot & Button Head
Spin On Plastic Fastener
Repeat the steps to replace the passenger side housing.

Spin on the single white plastic thumb nut in the clockwise direction until it is snug.

Replace Torx Screws
Tighten Screws Clockwise
Test New Tail Light Bulbs
Replace the two screws by turning them in the clockwise direction with the Torx T25 screwdriver until they are snug.

Try to avoid over tightening the screws to prevent from cracking the black plastic inner edge of the tail light housing.

To test the new tail light bulbs, have an assistant step on the brake pedal and activate the hazard signals.

Tip - If an LED bulb 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.

The reverse light bulbs are located in a separate housing attached to the lower part of the rear bumper cover. Check the link below for the guide.

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

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