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12-10-2012 09:30 PM
OrangeSVTguy I will have to put up some pics. I think these lights have been burnt up for years without me realizing it lol.
12-10-2012 07:15 PM
ChrisRobin If your license plate lights are burnt out and you have a clean looking car, the cops will pull you over but probably won't give you a hard time.

If your license plate lights are burnt out and you have a ratty looking car, the cops will put you over thinking you're a drug dealer out making some 'deliveries'.
12-10-2012 07:01 PM
ProSilverVT02 I had the same problem on my SVT. The water comes in where the rubber weather proofing from the hatch trim mates up with the hatch itself.

I replaced my lens and bulbs only to have them go to crap about 12 months later.

So I dug a little deeper and removed the hatch trim and totally resealed it with new weatherstripping and I have had zero problems ever since.

Seems to be quite a common occurance, definitely an oversight by Ford.
12-10-2012 06:31 PM
OrangeSVTguy Well I bought new light bulbs, epoxied the metal clips back on with a little extra and cleaned the lens and they are now good as new. Well not as clear as new but they looks great now. No more cops should have a chance to pull me over now lol.
12-10-2012 03:20 PM
sailor Tracing down where the water leaks in & fills 'em up will stop the recurrence of the problem,on my Sedan it was coming in through the CHMSL (brake light).

Tightening up the mounting worked for a while (hose washers under the plastic clips that mount it) - But eventually I had to seal it up with black RTV..

Don't know where the hatches leak, but that's the cause of all the corrosion....

Once they fill with water, it doesn't take long....

12-10-2012 01:04 AM
freemind I totally have this issue too.

Twice this year alone.
12-08-2012 09:05 PM
Tymes Mine went a few years ago, the metal clips crumbles in my hand. I did the LED strip, but because of the weather the outer coating kept cracking and letting moisture in and killing the lights. Then I tried these bolt lights:

DO not bother with these, they don't put out enough light to satisfy most cops, they are intended for the much smaller motorcycle plates. Now I have this:

Only issue I found was it put a lot of light straight back at cars behind you, so I taped the part I needed light to come thru and painted everything else black. Works pretty good and the cops leave me alone now.
12-08-2012 07:32 PM
upstater Whatever makes it legal. I repl the entire thing recently. LED lights correcting factory issues from a piss-poor design.
12-08-2012 05:22 PM
SkyPilot mine looked the same way after 8 years of use. I found a set on ebay for like $15 shipped and just replaced them.
12-08-2012 04:20 PM
Originally Posted by TerryB View Post
The same thing is going to happen. ... I've been meaning to come up with something, but I always forget until the bulbs crap out or lenses turn green.
yeah, me too. Oh well, you can try putting some grease on the contacts to prevent future corrosion. That might be helpful, but I'd be sure that the grease I used was heat resistant. LEDs might be helpful in that regard also.
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