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5characters 02-11-2013 02:25 PM

HOW TO: Replace License Plate Bulb 2008 2011 Focus
How to replace the license plate bulbs on the 2008 2011 Ford Focus

Note. My car is incredibly dirty, this is nothing to point out.

  1. Phillips driver
  2. Flat head driver
  3. Cardboard or something to sit on
  4. Sylvania 6418

Step one. Remove the two screws holding the bulb in place

Step two. Using the flat head pry the clear plastic off.

Note Do Not attempt to pry off the black portion of the housing.

Step three. Pull apart the prongs holding the bulb in place.

Step four. Put the new bulb into between the prongs and put back into the black portion of the housing. It should be able to stay by itself.

Step five. Put the two phillips screws back into place, turn on lights and make sure that the new bulbs work.

A7xschecter6661 02-11-2013 06:50 PM


Fun fact of the day: Dorman sells a repair lens for this that is specific to the earlier focuses which is available on the shelf at Advance Auto. From eyeballing it while I was working, I decided it would not work for our model sadly as when I changed mine to LED lights both of my lenses were cracked before I started (it's a 2011 How?!).

Do not over tighten, they obviously break very easy!

VonKrause 02-11-2013 08:14 PM

Cool beans, I recently upgraded mine to white LEDs

popwarhomie 02-11-2013 09:33 PM

Should have swapped to LEDs while you were there.

blade08 02-11-2013 09:36 PM

Just upgraded my bulbs to led as well. Got some off of eBay for $3 well see if they fail/flicker.

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A7xschecter6661 02-11-2013 09:42 PM

I got sylvania 6418 LEDs from AAP where I work. $11.25 a piece but I know they are good quality! I've had some bad luck with cheap ebay ones.

I have 3 of them inside the car, and 2 for the license plate and boy are they bright!!! My interior lights up like daytime. Inside takes the 168/194/2825

5characters 02-12-2013 06:28 AM

$11.25 for one vs $4.99 for two, I'm okay without LEDs, and I have no budget.

A7xschecter6661 02-12-2013 09:06 AM


Originally Posted by 5characters (Post 4584239)
$11.25 for one vs $4.99 for two, I'm okay without LEDs, and I have no budget.

The advantage was guaranteed quality, sitting on the shelf, no shipping time, no shipping cost and a warranty :p

soundFocus 02-13-2013 08:17 PM

I did LEDs too and they look slick, but only after one of the factory bulbs burnt out after 2 years... hoping the others last longer. I don't know if I did it again I'd spend the money but they do look nice.

Matt89 03-15-2013 07:26 PM

Where can you find the replacement bulbs? (not online)

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