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Old 02-11-2013, 03:25 PM   #1
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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.




Supplies:
  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.




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Old 02-11-2013, 07:50 PM   #2
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Good.

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!
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Old 02-11-2013, 09:14 PM   #3
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Cool beans, I recently upgraded mine to white LEDs
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Should have swapped to LEDs while you were there.
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:36 PM   #5
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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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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



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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



Were these bulbs used for the US MK2 (08-11) or different version? I'm going to go blue leds in my foci too
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$11.25 for one vs $4.99 for two, I'm okay without LEDs, and I have no budget.
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$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
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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.
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