1998 FORD ESCORT LICENSE PLATE LIGHT

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  • Tonya_1518
  • 1998 FORD ESCORT

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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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Sunday, December 14th, 2008 AT 4:58 PM

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  • Tiny
  • BMRFIXIT
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Try and drill it out
find a replacement that will fit

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Sunday, December 14th, 2008 AT 8:27 PM
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  • Zackman
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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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Sunday, December 14th, 2008 AT 9:13 PM
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  • Tonya_1518
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Thank you, thank you so much! I appreciate your help with this. I will give it a try!

Tonya

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Monday, December 15th, 2008 AT 7:35 PM
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  • James W.
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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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Saturday, December 20th, 2008 AT 5:32 PM
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  • Tonya_1518
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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.

Thank you!

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Monday, December 22nd, 2008 AT 4:24 PM
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  • Tonya_1518
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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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Monday, December 22nd, 2008 AT 4:28 PM
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  • ImpalaSS
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Hello -

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


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




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

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Sunday, December 28th, 2008 AT 9:55 PM
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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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Friday, January 2nd, 2009 AT 7:03 PM
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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.

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Friday, January 2nd, 2009 AT 8:39 PM
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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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Saturday, January 3rd, 2009 AT 11:31 AM

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