How to Change a Ford Focus Headlight

Updated February 21, 2017

A burnt-out headlight greatly reduces a driver’s visibility at night or in inclement weather. Car owners should immediately change a headlight when it burns out to ensure their safety. The Ford Focus uses a composite headlight system that only requires a bulb change when the light burns out. You can change the light bulb yourself and save on the high costs of having the vehicle serviced.

Open the bonnet of the Ford Focus and locate the headlight bulb cover on the back of the headlight assembly. The headlight bulb cover is large, round and made of plastic.

Turn the headlight bulb cover to the left and remove it from the headlight assembly. You will see the headlight bulb socket, which is secured by a small metal wire.

Pull back on the metal wire and remove the socket from the headlight assembly.

Unplug the electrical connector from the socket and discard the socket and bulb. The bulb and socket are attached as one piece.

Plug the electrical connector into the socket of the new headlight bulb.

Insert the headlight bulb into the assembly and push the wire back in place. This secures the bulb inside the assembly.

Reattach the headlight cover by placing it over the new headlight bulb and twisting it to the right to lock it in place.

Repeat Steps 2 through 7 for the installation of the other headlight.

Things You'll Need

  • Replacement bulb model no. HB2
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William Pullman is a freelance writer from New Jersey. He has written for a variety of online and offline media publications, including "The Daily Journal," "Ocular Surgery News," "Endocrine Today," radio, blogs and other various Internet platforms. Pullman holds a Master of Arts degree in Writing from Rowan University.