Replacing the headlight assembly on the Ford Explorer is an easy project that you can undertake at home and complete in a few minutes. The headlight assembly contains the headlight, marker light and turn signal bulbs on the Explorer. Replacement headlight assemblies are available from several sources, including a Ford dealer's parts department or auto parts stores, and used assemblies can be found at many salvage yards.
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Things you need
- Phillips screwdriver
Open the bonnet of your Explorer and look for the three screws that hold the headlight assembly. All three screws are located inside of the assembly.
Remove the three mounting screws from the headlight assembly with a Phillips screwdriver. Do not lose the screws; you will need them to install the new assembly.
Remove the headlight assembly for the Explorer by pulling it forward. Remove the bulbs from the back of the assembly by turning the three light sockets counterclockwise and removing them from the assembly. Slide the assembly free from the vehicle.
Slide the new assembly into the headlight location on your Explorer and install the three bulbs and sockets into the assembly from the rear. Turn the sockets clockwise about one quarter of a turn to lock them into place.
Push the assembly into place and secure it with the three mounting screws you removed earlier. Tighten the screws with a Phillips screwdriver until the assembly is secure. Close the bonnet and test the lights to ensure they are working as intended.
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