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How to Replace License Plate Bulbs and Covers 89-11 Ford Ranger

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How to Replace License Plate Bulbs and Covers 89-11 Ford Ranger

Created on: 2016-09-29

Broken license plate bulb? Learn how to do this simple and easy repair yourself with this short how-to video

  1. step 1 :Removing the Cover and Bulb
    • Pry out the cover with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Quarter turn the cover counterclockwise
    • Remove the bulb
  2. step 2 :Installing the Cover and Bulb
    • Press the bulb on
    • Turn the cover clockwise
    • Press the cover into place

Tools needed for replacement

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

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Hi, I'm Mike from 1A Auto. I hope this how-to video helps you out, and next time you need parts for your vehicle, think of Thanks!

In this video, we're going to be working with our 2001 Ford Ranger. We're going to show you how to remove and replace your license plate light cover. While we're in there, we're going to show you how to remove and replace the bulb because it's a part of the procedure.

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Here are the items you'll need for this repair: flat blade screwdriver.

The lens for our license plate light has been broken off. Fortunately, this is an easy part to change and restore the visibility and safety of your license plate lights to your vehicle. We have a trailer hitch receiver on here. We're going to have to reach through that up to the back of the bumper and pull this whole assembly down where we can work on it. We'll grab the socket and what's left of our old license plate lens, twist it counterclockwise, and remove it. We'll then push this socket and harness back up through the opening, pull it out the other side at the bumper.

To reinstall the license plate light socket into the lens, turn it clockwise to lock it in, line up their tabs on the back with the slots in the bumper, and snap it into place. As you can see, our new part from 1A Auto is a direct replacement and it's identical to the OEM part on the opposite side of the bumper.

To remove the cover for the license plate light we'll take a small flat blade screwdriver. You want to angle in toward the bumper a little, reach through this access hole in the back, and push down until you feel the tab click. Pop it out, remove the assembly from the bumper. Now, a quarter turn releases our housing, bulb simply pops out. Pop the new bulb in.

Reinstall your old housing, or if you're replacing it, the new one will go on the same way. Simply pop it over the socket and turn clockwise to lock it into place. Line up the tabs with the slots in the bumper and press it in until it clicks.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

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