A car's headlights are an essential safety feature, both for you and other drivers. The lights illuminate road hazards you may not otherwise see, and they alert other drivers to your presence on the road. Working headlights are required by law in every state, and if one of yours burns out, you should replace it as soon as possible. If you own a Ford Focus, replacing the headlight yourself is a simple task that takes no time at all and requires no additional tools. Replacement bulbs can be found at any auto parts store.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Replacement headlight
Make sure the car is turned off and the headlight switch is in the "Off" position.
Open the hood on your Focus. Locate the bulb cover just behind the headlight, along the front wall of the car.
Unscrew the bulb cover by turning it counter-clockwise until it comes free.
Turn the bulb clamp, located around the side of the bulb, to the side to unlock the bulb. Pull the bulb out of the headlight socket.
Unplug the electrical connector from the back of the bulb. Plug the connector into a replacement bulb.
Insert the bulb into the socket and turn the clamp to the side to lock it in place. Replace the bulb cover and close your hood.
Tips and warnings
- If all you have replaced is the bulb, you do not need to adjust the aim on your headlights.
- Replace your headlights as soon as they burn out or you may get a ticket.
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