I cant figure out how to get the h1 bulb out of my 1992 325i i pull as hard as i can but it wont come out....what am i doin wrong all i need to do is disconnect the bulb from the wire and i cant figure out how
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Unplug the bulb by pressing down on the locking tab and pulling the connection off.
There is a locking ring around the bulb base. Twist this ring that has raises on it. It will turn only about a 1/4th or 1/3rd of the way. Once turned, pull the bulb out by its base. The bulb has a o-ring around the base, which is snuggly into the headlight assembly, so pull pretty hard.
pull the bulb and check for power to the bulb socket if there is power replace the bulb because what happens is the bulbs get so hot they melt the sawder contacts at the bottom and that causes them not to work
Having just purchased a 2002 Ford Focus I found that the passenger side
headlight had gone. Stumbled accross this thread and thought "looks
like a pain".
Popped to Halfords and picked up a H1 bulb, went home and had a look under the bonnet.
Armed with just a screwdriver I managed to change the bulb
within 10 mins. Flicked the headlight cover off using the screwdriver
for a bit of leverage. Unpluged the headlight and flicked off the
retaining clip. Removed the bulb.
Fitting was even easier - Put bulb in place, clip the retaining clip in place, plug in and replace cover.
Job done within 10 minutes with no prior experience of Fords.
Hope it helps
IMPORTANT!!! The retaining clip does NOT just flick off. Tried
that and broke the plastic stop that holds the retainer clip and allows
it to apply tension to the bulb! The retainer wire is held in place on
the bottom by a screw and clip on the bottom and is locked into a
plastic clip on top. To remove the wire, push the wire down and towards
the passenger side of the car, it will dislodge and you can then lower
it to remove the bulb. Once the bulb has been changed, you want to
replace the wire the same way to protect the plastic clip. I don't know
what I will do about the plastic clip now, the retaining wire has no
tension and I'm afraid the bulb will not remain seated properly.
However, knowing what I know now, I agree with the above answer: Done
in 10 minutes without prior experience with Fords.
=== Just finished doing this. A small mirror and a flashlight
make this job simple. It's very easy to do once you can see the top of
small mirror and flashlight are essential, look at the way the
retaining wire seats before you unclip it. flat side of the bulb
houseing sits at the bottom of the access hole. retaining wire clips
bottom to top. I had a hard time with seating the new bulb and had to
figure out the retaining wire clipped from bottom to top because I
didn't look at it before I unclipped it. obviously fords designed this
for ease of manufacter with very little regard to the average layman
who would do the replacing.