How-To Replace the Shift Light (3rd Gen) | Ford Escort Owners Association (FEOA)

How-To Replace the Shift Light (3rd Gen)

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  1. Boss

    Boss Well-Known Member

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    Hello all, this is actually my first post so what’s up? I just recently replaced my shift light because it had been burnt out for a couple of years. I replaced it with an LED one from superbrightleds.com(194 replacement or a WLED-x6 cool white). I searched around on the site and found some good instructions for the replacement, but none with pics. So I figured what’s a better way to make my first post than to make an informative one. I basically used the information from ryanrules and GregF422. https://www.feoa.net/modules.php?name=Fo ... fter+light

    Oh yea... excuse the mess in my car, I should have cleaned up a bit.

    I’m not sure if the light is brighter than the original because I had no way to compare. My dome light, however, was replaced with an LED (RL4410-xHP9) from superbrightleds.com and it illuminates more of the car than its original for sure.

    Here is my How-To on the shift light bulb replacement in a 3rd Gen

    1. Set parking brake and set shifter to L
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    2. Slide the seats forward

    3. From the rear, unscrew the screws on either side of the console
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    4. Pull the back of the console up and wedge it around the parking brake handle
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    5. Now in front of the parking brake are two screws going to the frame, unscrew both of them.
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    6. Pull straight up on the cup holder insert to take it out
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    7. On either side underneath the dash pop out the plastic retainers
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    8. Pull back and up on the front console
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    9. On the driver’s side, leading up to the shifter is two wires
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    10. Those two wires lead up to the shift light, which at this point can be replaced with a new bulb
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    11. Just do the reverse to close everything up

    12. Enjoy
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  2. LOWETGT

    LOWETGT FEOA Member

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    Nice write up with sweet results, definitely worth it! I love my LEDs in my cluster and no worries on heat. I think the bulb number given is a typo. I believe it is a 194 bulb.
  3. Boss

    Boss Well-Known Member

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    Yea its def better than not having any light, I just changed the bulb number too. thanks
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    bluecb7 New Member

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    Thanks for the write up, I just got a 3rd gen and the shift light is burnt out.
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    This worked absolutely well, thank you!
  6. LariRudi

    LariRudi FEOA Donator

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    LED source

    Hey, it's a good write up.

    I'm 2nd Gen stick shift, but I find your "sources" give me food for thought; Mine is 1994 LX SW and hope to use the LED idea for dome AND rear hatch light.

    The mess? ha. Oughta see MINE sometimes..... AND I noticed when I toke a PHOTO of my dash, the dust in the grooves and hard to get to places is REALLY EXAGGERATED in a photo..... so I"ll concentrate on the "how to" and ignore anything that might make you blush.

    Thanks.

    LarryR
  7. wolfman

    wolfman Active Member

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    I just changed the light bulb in my shifter using your great instructions. Thanks for posting this!
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    Pixygirl New Member

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    Pixygirl New Member

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    Just got done changing this in my daughters car. Thanks to your awesome detailed directions it turned out perfect!
    The only thing I would add is the socket the bulb goes into needs a 1/4 turn to the left to remove the socket from its holder, in turn exposing the bulb. The pictures were a GREAT idea,
    Thanks again :)
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    Victor New Member

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    Hi pictures dont work. I cant seem to figure this out
    Thanks


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