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Re: change headlights and clean inside the lens
You cant really get inside of the lenses because they are glued together and usually break when you try to disassemble them. the lights should just turn slightly to the left and pull right out no special tools required.
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Most of the headlights do not unbolt to change bulbs. If it's a blown bulb you're trying to replace, look on the back side of the headlight housing. There should be a plug with wires attached going into the back. This plug should twist either to the right,left or up or down. Once you've twisted this plug out of the headlight housing you'll see the bulb you need to replace. Unplug the wire harness from the blown bulb and place it into the new bulb, being careful not to touch the new bulb with your bare hands as any oil or other contamination will cause these bulbs to blow as soon as they are turned on. Place the new bulb with harness back into the socket in headlight housing and twist into position.
Locate the two headlight lens assembly retaining screws at the top of each side of the assembly.
Remove each screw with the ratchet and a suitable socket.
Place the screwdriver behind the lens assembly to assist in prying out the guide pins that secure and align the headlight assembly. Hold the lens assembly from the outside edge (marker light/directional light section) first and pry from behind with the screwdriver to unseat the guide pins. Pry from the inside end of the lens assembly to unseat the other guide pin.
Pull the lens assembly out far enough to reach behind it and disconnect the headlight bulb wire harness from the back of the bulb. Or simply remove the bulb by twisting the harness and retaining ring counterclockwise and remove it as an assembly.
Turn the marker light/directional light socket and wire counterclockwise to remove it from the headlight lens assembly.
Remove the assembly from the front of the Stratus.
If you just want to change the bulb don't take off the lens. Under the hood you will find twist locks that secure the bulb and wiring. Unplug the wire loom and release the twist lock bulb will then pull out of the back of the light. Don't touch the bulb with your fingers the oil in your skin gets on them and can make them burn out. If you need to replace the lens there are 2 screws on the top of headlight under the hood remove them and pull it out the front. you still need to unplug the headlight before pulling th e headlight.
The lincoln LS had the same problems, and the lens was held to the headlight assembly with a sticky glue.
To remove them, some guys were successful by warming the headlight assembly in the oven untill the glue softened up enough to be pulled apart.
Be careful if you try this, to much head and..oops I melted my headlight
Look from inside the hood, there is a black cover over the back of the headlight area that is retained by a stiff wire, snap it out of it's detent, and you will be able to get access to the back of the headlight bulbs. The bulb unit includes the elbow where the wires connect. If you cannot get the wire connector off don't sweat just twist the bulb about 1/8 th counter clockwise and remove the bulb , it should then be easy to get the wire plug off.
The bulb costs around $16 to $18 so don't touch the new ones glass with your fingers. Make sure when you replace back cover that the black seal is properly in place or your plastic lens will eventually fog up.
There are two clips for each light; one to each side just lift up on the clips. Then you have four upper and two lower grill clips that are the push/pull type. Just pull where the clips are located and they will pull right out. Watch for stressing the wiring going to the running lights. You then can pull the headlight grill assy out far enough to change the lights. Low beams are to the outside and high beams to the inside. DON'T TOUCH THE BULBS!!! A little twist left or right will unlock the bulbs. Use some contact grease to make sure the contacts stay good. 15 - 20 minute job.
go to your parts store and purchase the new halegeon blub. READ very carefully the instructions on the box. DO NOT TOUCH the new blub lens.
Carefully pull and twist out the old blub and remove it from its base. Using the special material or a glove, install the new blub in the base, and then carefully insert it back into the headlight shell.