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Ford Explorer Cargo Light Bulb Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out cargo area light bulb in a fifth generation 2011-2015 Ford Explorer SUV with photos.

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2014 Explorer Cargo Light
Gently Pry Out Housing
Bulb Housing Removed
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the fifth generation (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015) Ford Explorer SUV in changing a burnt out cargo area light bulb by the tail gate door.

Owners of other Ford or Lincoln SUV, crossover or hatchback vehicles with similar cargo area lights such as the Escape, Edge, Flex, Expedition, Focus, C-MAX, MKC, MKX, MKT and Navigator may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement "festoon" or "fuse" style bulb is part number 212-2 which is available from various manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE, PIAA and Eiko.

You may also use a compatible LED unit that is about 1.72 inches or 43mm in length.

The only tool needed to change the bulb is a small flathead screwdriver or a plastic pry bar tool used to pry out the light bulb housing.

Press Release Button
Pull Out Old Bulb
Old Bulb Removed
To prevent from scratching the plastic surfaces, you may want to cover the tip of your screwdriver with a thin micro fiber cloth.

Carefully insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver in between the edge of the light housing and the cargo area's plastic side panel.

Gently pry out the light housing. You may need to remove and re-insert the blade of the flathead screwdriver in to several locations on the edges of the housing to remove it from the panel.

Pull the housing straight out of the panel and press the release tab on the electrical connector before sliding it straight off.

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

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket.

Push In New # 212-2 Bulb
Push On Power Plug
Re-Insert Wires First
Push a new # 212-2 festoon style bulb straight in to the socket.

(Tip: If you install an LED bulb and it doesn't work at first, try flipping it around in the socket.)

Push the power plug straight on to the base of the housing until it clicks securely in to place.

Pop In Light Housing
Light Housing Re-Installed
Test New Cargo Light Bulb
Re-insert the wires in to the hole in the plastic panel first and then gently pop in the light housing.

Test the new cargo area light bulb by opening the tail gate door or press the "Unlock" button on the key fob.

For more, check out my other Ford Explorer DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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