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To change front turn signal – open the hood; look in back of headlight; two white clips; pull straight up, and then whole headlight comes out including turn signal; it is all one unit; remove rubber cover, then you take bulb out of unit. Mechanism that bulb fits in will need to be turned clockwise (looking from the front) and pulled to get it out of the larger unit holding all lights. Be sure and put rubber cover back on before re-inserting the two white clips.
On either side of the headlight wiring assembly, in the engine compartment, you will find 2 small tabs. They are located to the sides and towards the bulb of the plastic assembly. Press these 2 tabs in while pulling the wire assembly out. Remove the rubber gasket and unhook the wire spring holding the bulb in place. The bulb come right out. The bulbs are halogen so do not handle the new bulb by the glass.
Just went to my local store - they sell the bulbs and fit them while you wait...the guy does a lot of them - he had it done in 10 minutes and charged 12 pounds including the bulb. I watched him do it - twisted the cover off - popped the bulb out and popped the new one in ...he didn't actually unbolt anything from the car...worst of all it was dark and raining...I'd suggest this route unless you have small hands or are willing to spend an hour fiddling around
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.