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1998 Expedition - Can't pull out lightbulb housing.

I'm having a difficult time removing the headlight housing on my 98 Expy. Per Chilton's repair manual, to remove the headlight housing, all that's required is to lift two retainers and pull the housing out from the front of the vehicle. I lifted the two levers, but the housing will not come out. I can wobble them maybe a 1/4 inch, but they will not come out from the front of the vehicle. It feels like there's something else holding them in place. What am I missing??

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Mike M.

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The manual is correct. Sometimes the housing sticks a bit. The retainers that you're pulling up actually lock four (4) alignment pins (one on each corner).

From personal experience, it's a pain to realign the pins so that the retainers will lock back into place (and if you don't lock them the headlight housing will be loose and could fall out when you hit a bump).

Also, the alignment pins rotate, which makes them easier or harder to realign, depending on your viewpoint. One of those things I guess.

Good luck!

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Hi from the uk not familiar with your vehicle but may i offer a suggestion ? does your vehicle have an electrical head lights raise and lower headlight beam operated by a roll switch inside vehicle? as do uk vehicles if so then this is probably the nylon socket that pushes/pulls headlight for realignement when vehicle is laden the socket/cup is attached to h/light and also to a screw threaded rod to a motor wind if so just pull off the cup from ball on h/light then you will be able to manouver h/light out? be sure to lock ball into cup on reassemble?

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