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Old 01-31-2012, 10:51 PM   #1
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Any trick to removing the license plate bulbs on a 98? My screws on the outside of the housing are plastic and just spin. Tried looking from the inside but couldn't see anything. Thanks
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Re: License plate bulbs

Same here! I want to change them but all they do is spin. It seems like noone answers my threads effectively though so I'm gonna tag along on this one.
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Old 01-31-2012, 11:53 PM   #3
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You got to get up from the inside of the deck lid and turn the twist plug and pull it out
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What he said inside the deck lid.
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My Expedition has the same plastic screws. I drilled them out and replaced them with over sized metal screws. It took about 2 minutes.
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Any trick to removing the license plate bulbs on a 98? My screws on the outside of the housing are plastic and just spin. Tried looking from the inside but couldn't see anything. Thanks
When you open your trunk look on the inside top and twist the harness of the license plate light out. It's really easy, no tools needed. You'll be able to find it pretty easily.
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Carefully take a pick tool behind the head if the plastic screw and pull it out. Save your self a ton of time. You can also use a razor blade to pry them out.
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Carefully take a pick tool behind the head if the plastic screw and pull it out. Save your self a ton of time. You can also use a razor blade to pry them out.

I just replaced mine a few weeks ago along with the splice kit and new domes. This above was the easiest way to remove them w/o breaking the flared out pieces on the back of the screws. I used a small flat head screwdriver to begin to pry them loose enough to get my fingers around them. After that they slipped right out. There are also a few YouTube videos out there with a little searching that will show that trick.

Plastic screws dumb idea IMO.
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