Mechanics

LICENSE PLATE LIGHT

1998 Ford Escort

Electrical problem
1998 Ford Escort 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 109000 miles

I have a big problem with my license plate light fixture. When trying to replace the 2 burned out light bulbs it was discovered that the entire fixture is totally corroded and fried ( on both lights). How can I fix this myself? Is there a way I can geri-rig a small light fixture in place of it or replace the original ( hopefully with instructions)?

Thank you in advance!
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Tonya_1518
December 14, 2008.




Try and drill it out
find a replacement that will fit

BMRFIXIT
Dec 14, 2008.
Rather than trying to rig a different fixture, consider one from another Escort. There plenty of 97 - 2000 Escorts at the wrecking yard. Just go in and get a couple of entire assemblies. Just remove the two screws and plug in the connector, you're don

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Zackman
Dec 14, 2008.
Thank you, thank you so much! I appreciate your help with this. I will give it a try!

Tonya

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Tonya_1518
Dec 15, 2008.
Just wondering if we were able to help you with your light problem. You needn't respond if everything is ok.

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James W.
Dec 20, 2008.
Well, no luck there so far. I called around to all the salvage yards and no one had any. I am still out of luck. But I was wondering about your answer and need a little more clairification. You say to " Just remove the two screws and plug in the connector, you're don" where are these 2 screws located at? I don't know what I am looking for. Are these way up under the trunk? How far to reach to get to them? Am I needing to also replace the wiring assembly? I don't know if the wire assembly is bad too. All I know is the 2 light bulb fixtures are bad.

One of the guys at the salvage yards said I needed the housing for it but didnt say if the wire assembly came with it or what.

Please help! I can't drive my car after dark because of this and I am risking a ticket.

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Tonya_1518
Dec 22, 2008.
Thank you for your reply and concern. I haven't had any luck with this. I left another post here below. I hope someone can help me find another fixture for my license plate light.

Thanks again

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Tonya_1518
Dec 22, 2008.
Hello -

Which one of the pics are you needing.....Pic 1 or Pic 2

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http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/248015_Picture1_41.jpg




http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/248015_Picture2_31.jpg


ImpalaSS
Dec 28, 2008.
Oh wow thats nice for you to display a pic. Its more like PIC 2. Would a 1997 or 2000 model work? I hope to hear from this soon, Thanks so much for your help, I appreciate this so much!

Tonya

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Tonya_1518
Jan 2, 2009.
Hello -

By the pics I see - it looks like a 1997 or 2000 is the same. To be sure you can contact the parts department at the dealer and ask them if the part numbers are the same for a 1997 and 2000 as the 1998. If they are you are in.

Thank you very much for the donation

Please let us know if what the final fix was for your car so we can better assist others. Thanks!

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ImpalaSS
Jan 2, 2009.
Thank you for your info. I will check with the dealership about that. I guess they designed this car poorly because I have never seen a car where the license plate assembly gets toasted, most likely from water getting down into the fixture. IMHO this should never happen.

As for the manual, I am laid off at the present time and cannot afford it. Thats why I am here, hoping to get information at a lower cost. Thank you for the offer anyway.

" Your welcome" on the donation

Tonya

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Tonya_1518
Jan 3, 2009.

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