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Ford Fiesta License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb on a 6th generation 2009-2015 Ford Fiesta with photo illustrated steps.

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2013 Fiesta License Plate
Left License Light Housing
Push In Release Tab
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the sixth generation (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and possibly also the 2016 model year) Ford Fiesta hatchback or sedan in changing a burnt out license plate light bulb or upgrading them both to brighter LED units.

Owners of other Ford or Lincoln vehicles such as the Focus, Fusion, C-Max, Mustang, Escape, 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.

Replacement license plate light bulbs are part number 2825.

You may also be able to use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as a # 168, W5W or a compatible LED unit.

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

Pull Out Light Housing
1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
Remove Bulb Socket
This guide was created with a 2013 Fiesta hatchback. The steps should be similar if not the same for the sedan models.

Gently push in the black plastic release tab on the license plate light bulb housing and pull it out of the tailgate door or the trunk lid.

Rotate the base of the bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.

Pull Out Old Bulb
Old # 2825 Bulb
Push In New # 168 or W5W
Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket.

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


Re-Insert Bulb Socket
1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Re-Insert Wires First
Re-insert the bulb socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

First re-insert the wires back in to the tailgate or trunk lid.

Pop In Retaining Clip
Bulb Housing Replaced
Test New License Plate Bulbs
Gently pop in the retaining clip on the other edge.

Test the new license plate light bulbs by turning on the headlights.

For more, check out my other 2009-2015 Ford Fiesta DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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