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Old 07-24-2004, 10:15 PM   #11
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Nicely written, definitely email Tom. It's the seemingly simple stuff that always ends up being a pain if you don't have a guide to go by- being a how-to would be good for future reference.
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Old 08-05-2004, 04:07 PM   #12
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Thanks for letting us know! I'm a tech at a Lincoln-Mercury dealer and I figured no problem right? Wrong. Checked owners manual, no help. Our Ford manuals, cds, websites, still no help. I could not believe that this was such secret info that it couldn't be shared to the public!! Thank-you for uncovering the solution-The truth IS out there, HAHA.
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Old 08-05-2004, 04:14 PM   #13
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Thanks for the great how-to. I'm sure lots of people are going to find this very useful.
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Old 08-06-2004, 12:26 PM   #14
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Cool, very well explained. Thanks. And great pics too.
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Old 12-11-2004, 01:27 PM   #15
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I purposely came to this site today to find out how to replace these F$@!%ing bulbs. Now I am happy and so are the state troopers! Nice post, great pics!
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Old 12-11-2004, 01:35 PM   #16
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i wish u would have posted this a while ago .. i had a bulb burn out and the guy at carquest told me i would have to remove my trunk plastic and access it from the backside..... well i did that and when i got the last screw out of the plastic it fell and put a gash in my bumper....i was Irate... but very nice write up get this as a how to for sure. so you can save other enthusiasts bumbers...
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wow a ford tech could not figure out how to replace the bulb? i figured out how to do it on my own in a few minutes...wow goes to show you how great the techs are.

But good writeup for those who don't like to take risks and trying to fix things they may not know how to fix
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I've had mine out a few times to replace bulbs...this time, I got rid of the bulbs all together, and replaced them with LED's...
Basically, I soldered 3 white LED's in series, then soldered them to the copper contacts in the lens cover (check the wiring for polarity...each plug is different size, and only goes together one way, so make sure your LED's polarity is correct)
It needs a lot of heat to properly solder to the copper contact...if not, the wire will just come loose...
I also was able to aim the LED's a bit, to fan out the light across the plate (LED's have a narrow viewing angle) i.e. left LED aimed to the left, center one aimed straight down, the right LED aimed to the right...
The LED's I used are 2000mcd, and look awesome!! Kinda like a true HID type whiteness...
I'll try to get pic's of it...
(BTW, with 3 LED's in series, it should be able to take the 12-14V okay)
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Thanks for the info. I was planning on replacing the lights with hyper whites, and now it will be easier to do.
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great post about the LED's WuNgUn. I've seen them on the more expensive cars and i couldn't figure out how they made HID little bulbs but stupid me they are LED's. They failed my car during inspection for the little bulbs over the plate. I figured out how to get the bulbs out the old fashioned way.......screwdriver and a little anger!!! Turns out it popped out fine but i noticed a greenish residue all over the inside?!?! Could it be from the copper?
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