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Replacing Headlight Bulbs


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#21 OFFLINE   jestevens

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Posted 11 September 2016 - 06:03 PM

I just replaced my passenger side turn signal light too - $5 and 40 minutes later..   I couldn't figure out how to disengage the electrical connector on the assembly either  - doing it blind with no way to get a flat tool around to the bottom very well.  I was able to still get to the back of the housing for the turn signal bulb anyway.   All seems working now, I'll know for sure after the first rain storm.  It's kind of interesting to note just what flexes on the car body and what does not.

 

https://www.carcarek...ghts/headlight#


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#22 OFFLINE   Kelleytoons

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Posted 12 September 2016 - 07:03 AM

You don't need a tool, you just need to turn it by hand and it's pretty easy (just a quarter turn).  The only hard part is locating it (you *can* see if -- there is just that much slack -- but it's easier to just do it by feel IF you know what you are trying to feel.  I did it by looking the first time but if I have to do it again I think I'll remember enough not to have to look).

 

I wish you had posted sooner as I could have linked to an excellent video I used.  But glad you got everything worked out.



#23 OFFLINE   Bill-N

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Posted 12 September 2016 - 12:24 PM

 

I wish you had posted sooner as I could have linked to an excellent video I used.  But glad you got everything worked out.

 

It's not too late  :-)



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Posted 13 September 2016 - 03:58 PM

Well, too late for him <g>.

 

But for anyone else, this is what I used: https://www.carcarek...rn_signal_front



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Posted 14 September 2016 - 11:22 AM

Well, too late for him <g>.

 

But for anyone else, this is what I used: https://www.carcarek...rn_signal_front

 

Excellent video and source of how-to info.  Thanks for posting the link.



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Posted 14 September 2016 - 12:04 PM

You're more than welcome.

 

It sure helped me -- I think I'd have been lost without it (I'm not exact "handy", at least when it comes to automobiles).



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Posted 14 September 2016 - 03:37 PM

One of the options for the Ford Extended Warranty is $50 for light replacement.  I had a LED tail light go out on my Mercury Milan Hybrid and it was a $500 part, you had to replace the entire assembly, not just a bulb.  I figured that might make the coverage worthwhile.  It never occurred to me that changing a headlight bulb would be such a difficult issue.  Maybe the extra $50 is a good investment.



#28 OFFLINE   markd

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Posted 14 September 2016 - 06:29 PM

Can you add that to your existing warranty?

#29 OFFLINE   jestevens

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Posted 14 September 2016 - 07:56 PM

Thanks Kelleytoons!

 

,  I saw another video they have that seems pretty good on replacing the cabin filter - although they show taking the whole glove box out to get to it - makes me realize just how modular the car really is - everything is bolted on.



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Posted 14 September 2016 - 08:01 PM

In this case $50 would have been about $45 too much (I actually paid $7 for the bulbs but they came two to a package).  So, no, I would NOT have wanted that as part of my warranty.  Headlights are more but still pretty inexpensive and now that I know how to do it I'm confident I could handle all the front lights pretty quickly.



#31 OFFLINE   jestevens

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Posted 15 September 2016 - 07:42 AM

I was going slow because I didn't want to wreck stuff.  I had to find the right Torx bit, I don't have a plastic rivet pop tool, headlight assemblies aren't cheap, and I'm sure I heard some adhesive letting go when I was lifting up on the cowling probably but in the end it looks about the same as factory installed side still so hopefully all is well, find out for sure in the next rain storm.








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