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I can't get the headlight casings out of my 1997 Ford Explorer to allow a bulb replacement. Any guidance? Thanks.

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Don't take the casings out,

Locte the center rear of the casing, you will see a plug there.

Unscrew/remove the plug. The small light is there.

When you replace, DO NOT touch the bulb. A small fingerprint can reflect enough light to burn up the bulb .

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Fig. 2: Exploded view of the headlight bulb, retainer and wire harness plug 89686g17.gif
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