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Changing headlight on ford focus 2003

We had tried to change the bulb by "swiveling the bult and gently pulling it out. No matter how we swivel it the light bulb will not release. It feel like there is something pulling it back. The bulb is on the right side. Any ideas? It's a very tight spot and I can't see in there, only feel.

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  • keithdi Mar 04, 2009

    That was good info about the clip. Our manual did not tell us about that. It's done now.



    I also have a friend who said he used a small mirror to see where it all is. very handy tool



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Here's how it comes out.

  • remove the large circular plastic cover by turning it counter clockwise a quarter turn. pull off.
  • pull wire connector off bulb.
  • swing the silver wire spring clip out of the way. It rotates from the outside to the inside. Reach in with your finger just above the bulb and you can get your finger over the top of the wire and pull out and rotate it. The wire clip is screwed in at the bottom.
  • pull the bulb straight out.
  • note locating tang when installing new bulb.
  • swing clip back in place
  • Install cover
Let me know how you do.

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It is very hard to get to but you need to turn the bulb housing counter clock wise and it should pull out far enough to replace the bulb. Be sure not to touch the new bulb glass with your hands. grab it by it's housing. then reverse the process.

Posted on Mar 03, 2009

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