Re: how do I replace the drivers side headlamp on a 96...
The Head Lamps for the "Low Beams" are tricky but they work just like the High Beams do. You have to reach around the Headlamp assy (toward the Outside of the car) and locate what feels like the same type of bulb holder as the High Beams. Twist it counterclockwise and it should remove by pulling toward the back of the car. Putting back in the new bulb is even trickier in that you can't see the hole it needs to go in. You will have visualize the headlamp location on the outside of the car and position your hand on the inside. it takes several tries but it works. Twist it back in clockwise. Careful with the Halogen bulbs though. Use a Paper Towel piece or small rag to hold it if needed.
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you are right all marker lights come off of one fuse, inside instrument panel, number 29, a 10 amp fuse my manual does not give a lamp number, it has a chart, head lamps (high) lamp 9005 60 w type a, headlamp (low) 9006 51 w type b, front marker lamps 5w type d, for the rear it says to use a lamp 7443 21.5 w type d, I do not use these, I have special lights on mine, hope that it helps
I have a few beetle ( vw and audi too) customers who are regulars for headlamps. I first had this problem on my 96 audi a4 and I came up with a simple solution If you have fog lamps leave them on all the time. my headlamp failures went way down when I did that.
Try this if you have fog lamps, my customers did not have fog lamps so they could not try it.
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Do a Google search and also look on Ebay. Might take more than 1 day of looking since items change constantly. If you have any nearby wrecking yards look there too. I think 96, 97, 98 and maybe 99 share the same headlight assembly.
Check that headlamp switch (11654) is in the off position.
Lift hood (16612).
Release latch and swing filler panel to left or right.
Remove electrical connector from headlamp bulb by grasping wires firmly and snapping connector rearward.
Remove headlamp bulb retainer (13N019) by rotating counterclockwise (when viewed from rear) about one-eighth turn and sliding ring off plastic base. Keep headlamp bulb retainer as it may be used again to retain new headlamp bulb.
Carefully remove headlamp bulb from socket by gently pulling straight backward out of socket. Do not rotate headlamp bulb during removal.
Headlamp Assembly, Explorer Removal and Installation
Remove turn/park lamp attaching screws (2) and pull assembly away from body. Remove bulb sockets from housing and remove lamp assembly. Repeat on opposite side of vehicle.
With turn/park lamp assembly removed, screw attaching grille to front fender flange is accessible. Remove grille attaching screw. Repeat on opposite side of vehicle.
Remove attaching screws (4) located across top of grille.
Grip lower edge of grille and pull outward to disengage from retaining clips. Remove grille.
Using needle-nose pliers, compress barbs on headlamp housing retainer. With barbs compressed, pull forward on housing just enough to disengage from retainer. Repeat on opposite side of headlamp housing.
Turn headlamp housing as necessary and pull forward to disengage from headlamp aiming ball socket.
Disconnect wiring from headlamp bulb socket.
If replacing headlamp housing, remove retaining collar and bulb.
For installation, follow removal procedures in reverse order. Make sure to check headlamp aim.
You either have a bad ground or the bad electrical connection at the light socket is "simulating" a bad ground. This is putting a high resistance on the bulb and it's taking it's toll by burning out the bulb.
I would start with a new socket, and CHECK the ground. If you still have the issue, I would run another complete ground wire and not even worry about checking the ground itself.
1. Make sure headlamp is off and open hood. 2. Taurus model years 1990-1999: you must remove the whole headlamp to replace the bulb. Not a horrible task. Just annoying. 3. Facing the driver's side headlamp, and looking at the headlamp itself, at clock positions 8, 11 and 1 are the headlight housing screws. They all look the same. Using a 10mm socket wrench, remove these 3 screws and set them aside. 4. Just to the right of the "11 o'clock" housing screw is a bolt (same hexagonal 10mm sized top as the housing screws). This just needs a few turns to loosen it. 5. Gently pull the whole headlight forward. Now you can get at the bulb. 6. Disconnect the electrical connector from the bulb. Now the headlamp is free to work with. Remove the bulb, replace with a new bulb, make sure the bulb housing cylinder is in place and reconnect the electical. 7. Place headlamp back into position. Line up screw holes. Tighten the bolt. Replace housing screws and tighten. 8. Passenger side headlamp is mirror image of driver's side. Screws at 11, 1 and 4 o'clock positions. Bolt should be to the left of the "1 o'clock" housing screw.
The lights are changed fairly simple, First of all you have to open the hood and look at the back side of the headlamp, you will see a screw on cap on the back of the headlamp system You may have to take somethings out of your way (Battery) I believe it may have to come out. Always disconnect battery by taking the Neg, off first and then positive, Now you should be able to get at the lamp by turning the lamp cover off counter clockwise, disconnect the wire by pulling tab up and unplugging it. Now you should be ready to remove and install the new lamp. ( Be Careful Not To Touch Lamp Glass With Your Fingers) Only touch the Plastic Touching glass will cause lamp to burn out premature