How Do I Replace the License Plate Light on a Ford Focus?

Written by kyle sanstrom
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The number plate lights on a Ford Focus provide other drivers with a clear view of the rear number plate in dark lighting conditions. In the 2000-2007 models, they are mounted inside the boot lid directly above the number plate. In 2008-2011 models, they are part of the plastic bumper located below the boot lid. Regardless of the year, the replacement procedure is the same. Replacement bulbs are available from auto-parts and hardware stores.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Replacement number plate light bulb

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  1. 1

    Shut down the engine and turn the key to the "OFF" position. Place the vehicle in park or first gear (manual transmission). Set the parking brake.

  2. 2

    Insert a flathead screwdriver between the number plate lamp housing and the bumper or boot lid. Carefully pry out the number plate lamp housing.

  3. 3

    Remove the damaged bulb from the lamp housing. Install the new bulb into the lamp housing.

  4. 4

    Press the number plate lamp housing back into the bumper or boot lid until it is fully seated.

  5. 5

    Turn on the headlamps and verify that the number plate lamp illuminates.

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