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Old 11-14-2012, 10:06 PM   #1
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License Plate light

Is there an inline linkable fuse to the license plate. I just purchased my 01 Focus SE and found water in the passenger side light case. I replaced the lights (drained the water) and checked fuses in the fuse box and still no license plate light. Any help would be appreciated.


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My guess is that the electrical contacts are all corroded from being wet.
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Are the license plate lights tied in with the taillights or have thier own separate fuse?
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Is there an inline linkable fuse to the license plate.
No. Corrosion in that circuit is common due to the reason you describe.
Both left and right lights share a common ground. The black wire from both lights meet at a splice and are grounded by a single lead within the tailgate. Check that ground.

Also check you are seeing 12V at the orange and black wire (with the side lights on). It's a common feed also; left (driver's side) light main power wire feeds right (passenger's side) light via a short secondary orange/black wire..
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:26 PM   #5
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Are the license plate lights tied in with the taillights or have thier own separate fuse?
Separate fuse 62 - 7.5A


Edit: Whoops, sorry, Ford only fused that circuit separately starting in 2002.
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So.. If I have taillights i should have power to my license plate lights..?
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So.. If I have taillights i should have power to my license plate lights..?
Yes.

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Old 11-15-2012, 10:41 PM   #8
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Yeah i found the problem. the wires were old and split at the back hatch seal. I had to rewire that whole pigtail... thnx tho for the help.
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