Headlight Bulb Replacement Ford Focus




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Simon Moskovits: I had both head light bulbs changed today at halfords. It took about 5 minutes to do both and no tools were used whatsoever. I have an 04 mark 1 (facelift) focus. I watched so I can do it myself next time! I am no DIY enthusiast but I'm confident I can do it next they need changing!

cheekymonky61: This guy ,does know what he is doing ,but ,its a lot easier just to take the whole headlight off, believe me, its 2 nuts ,and then the big black plug, and then the whole head light comes straight out ,this little job ,is a pain up the ar**,just to change the bulbs :(

Miguel Pereira: Isn't easy to just take the headlight?

JONATHAN3034: This bulb is a real pain. The bulb compartment cover cannot be swung up and open because the pan that the battery sits in is in the way, meaning you have to remove everything as described in this video. I couldn't be bothered to do that so I firced it up and it broke the retaining points for the top of the cover. Now it just clips in with the wire holder which seems to do the job on its own anyway. The fiddly part is the retaining clip for the actual bulb, which is a total biatch. You have to make sure it goes AROUND the black plastic part at the back end of the new buld and doesn't get caught up in it instead. I found it easier to do if you fit the retaining clip around the bulb a bit before you push it fully into place. Hopefully this helps someone swear a bit less than I did!

cicstommy: Note to anyone attempting to do the passenger side bulb: it's a pain in the f***in ass! U wanna give yourself a couple of days really lol @alistairyoung dude tell me about it, I struggled for ages with that cover, just at the point when I went to grab a hammer to smash it to pieces I managed to get it to clip in, so dint have to remove the battery etc. Very poor design tho, wonder how much dealers charge to fit a bulb these days?

alistair young: wow! this is like micro surgery ive managed to replace the 2 bulbs and figure out how the clip goes on the right way i did this blind as its almost impossible to see what your doing its taken about 1 hour to do this simple task as i didnt want to disconnect battery as i dont know the code to re-connect it ....anyway i now cannot fit the black plastic cover back it seems impossible to get the lugs of the cover into the holes provided as there is always something in the way . i must admit it was a bitch to get off in the first place god help me...................

JONATHAN3034: Also, use your phone's camera with flash to get a helpful pic of what you're doing!

Keith Melton: Isn't there like only 3 bolts and a clip to remove the headlight assembly?

Jay Dubster: Thanks for taking the time to video this dude, really appreciated. As for all the smart alec's below shouting 'you don't need to remove anything, 2 minute job' etc, I don't see your frikkin '2 minute guide' to solving this bastid of a problem! Bottom line is, Ford designers need shooting for this design, no wonder so many cars on the road only have one working headlight *grrr* Keep It Simple, Stupid!!

Snail915: On my mums car... That clip is a fricking mick take! Why can't they make it like a house bulb? Simply twist out, pull, put cables on the new bulb, push in, twist *click* done... Oh wait... Thats how my peugeot is done...

iboldilox: You Sir are a true legend. Why manufacturers insist on making it so difficult to change a simple headlight bulb is truly beyond me. This video really helped. Once I'd seen the video, I managed to do the passenger side in under 20 minutes. I couldn't unclip the hoses from the battery tray once I'd removed the 3 bolts holding it in place, so just lifted it a little & managed to move it out the way enough to get the job done. Sadly, I forgot to put the dust cap back on to the rear of the headlight before I put the battery back in place. Luckily it only took my a couple minutes to sort it out. In all honest it took me longer to do the drivers side, due to the lack of space behind the unit. Personally, I recommend you have a mirror & a torch to hand to be able see behind the headlight & you do the passenger side before the drivers side to get an idea of whats involved when replacing the bulbs. 

Nic Dougall: Thanks!

possibiltieshorizon: Great video, but if I would have known it is so complicated putting a bulb in I would have let Halfords put it in for a couple of quid when i bought the bulb. Thanks you have saved lots of angst and money.

Luis Mena: yes talk about hella hard to get to the bulb. very helpful video, if I had not seen the clip and how it holds the bulb in the headlight assembly I would still be out there trying to replace it. thank you.

MrHutch1000: Just did my passenger side bulb by removing battery and housing. Took about 15 mins. Still don't see how the hell you can do it without taking the battery out. It's getting the black cover off initially that is the problem. How do you do that without bending it up which then hits the battery housing ?

tbkinsman: I have a 2000, my wife has a 2001. Each have a different dust cover design on back of bulb. Thanks for making the vid. Now I know what I've got my hands on.

cubancrazie: Thank you for helping me save money by doing it myself!

Ruk3ya: do you or anyone else know how to change the drivers side headlights?

morgielivie: TAKE IT YOUR A MECHANIC THEN CUS THATS WHY YOU GET A HUGE BILL FOR A SIMPLE JOB WHY THE HELL ARE YOU TAKING ALL THIS OFF FIRST THERE IS NO NEED ITS SO SO SO SIMPLE TO DO IT WITH EVERYTHING WHERE IT IS IF YOU FINE THIS HARD TO DO THEN THERE IS SOMETHING WELL WRONG THERE S ENOUGH ROOM TO DO THWE REPLACEMENT WITHOUT ALL THIS UNSCEWING BATTERY COVERS AND HOSES DOING IT THE WAY ABOVE IS WHY THEY CHATGE YOU £85 TO CHANGE A BULB AT THE DEALER WOW

Gary Mc Ginty: Thanks for this video - very useful

Malita Adrian: bullcrap! only somebody with disability's need to remove the battery

jaydonk: @morgielivie i'm glad i read your comment, otherwise i would have spent much more time removing parts for no reason, i changed both side in 10 mins...thanks.

ronnie mcfarlane: Agreed. That's all I had to do. Had the bulb changed in about 2 minutes.

Andrew Gilbert: 5 minutes work with a file and you can 'adjust' things so you can change a bulb without doing all of this! My garage did it for me, as they have done for loads of their Focus owning clients - and they did it free as part of a pre-MOT service. IIRC it was part of the battery tray that was filed down, and also the back of the light cover. I can swap a bulb in two minutes now!

MrHutch1000: Nice vid - I'm trying to replace mine and would like to avoid taking out the battery. I just can't seem to be able to remove the cover by, as suggested by diddydon' pusing it down. Any suggestions or 'tricks' on how to do this are welcome.

jaydonk: i watched your video, then read the comments below, there's absolutely no need to remove the battery, i changed both headlight bulbs and side lights in approx 10 mins today, without removing any other parts apart from the covers

James Samuel: Thanks very much for this. After looking at this and seeing how the clip went back in I finally managed to replace the bulb - just before it went too dark! It is possible to do without removing the battery though. Take the battery cover off and use a small mirror to help you see what's going on. Also if you place your head low down near the air intake and look across you can just about see the clip holders.

DericB33: Glad I read your comment, saved me a lot of extra time and effort!! Cheers!

jonthestrawb: Have to agree with some of the guys below. With the help of a make mirror (so I could see what I was doing!) i was able to swap both bulbs out without unscrewing anything. it is a bit fiddlly but all done in half an hour (obviously Im not as accomplished as some of the other users onm here!). Anyways thanks for the video, it helped to see you take the bulb out so I could see which was up it was.

mrzkhan1: focus is a lovely car but why did ford have to make it this hard, they wanted a compact spacious and fast family car but all this over 1 bulb is ridiculous. C'MON FORD!!

xgeneric99: My 2004 LX (American) was absurdly complex. The housings were deep deep DEEP DEEP cylinders into which the bulbs had to be inserted. It was easier to cut the tops of the cylinders off to be able to reach in. Then tape the cut away sections back on. Otherwise it might actually be impossible to do without removing the entire headlight assembly, and of course all the junk that attaches to them, then re aiming and aligning them.

Luganobadboy: Very good. Exactly y needed. Thanks.

Sakeiru: Remember kiddies, if you disconnect the battery, you'll need to enter your radio code if you still have your standard stereo. But it's so much easier to just remove the bolts that hold the headlight in place to be honest.

Douglas Bell: Life saver - thanks!

Radickaltradingcards: Thanks very much for posting this! My knuckles are eternally grateful and the cat won't have to run away now!

bluelagoon10023: dont touch the bulb with your fingers as the oil, natural or otherwise, will cause the bulb to pop once it heats up.

ant2100: I've just changed mine. I found that you didn't need to move the air hose or the battery. Just fiddle like freak around with the metal brace that keeps it in place in order to get the bulb in and out securely.

squadmeta: Your welcome, glad it helped, hope you enjoyed the 'careful manipulation' part of the job! The plastic might be a little less bendy at this time of year, i did mine in summer.

Magnus Yngvér: H4!

tiernanf7: OMG I did it and I tell you I am the worst at this sort of thing!! I watched the video and then read the comments. As people mention you only have to remove the battery cover, using a mirror helped so much. Thanks for all your help, one happy punter

Michael Daigle Fun Channel: seriously? you actually took the time to do this?? you are awesome !! thank you veryyy much

tonic1980: could they make it any harder!!!! its a fuking light bulb should be made to get in and out with ease!!!! anyways thans for the clip, would have some skin left on ma knuckles if a had watched this 1st, no a know its a job for someone else!

ryanrussell1988: just had to change mine.. started to get pissed off, so i came to seek advice & saw ur video and would just like to say thanksyou. made it easy for me

Peter Bainbridge: I've just spend half an hour trying to get that clip off on the passenger side headlight. I'll try unhooking the other side of the clip first next time instead of trying to get the ends out of the holes! Thanks for the tip - great video.

dave a: i can mostly fit any bulb to any vehicle even commercials if you need help in box me anytime and ill take you through it...

ror yow: lmao only a ford!!! the make a 1 min job take 20mins. Who built these piece of crap cars??

3334roy: thanks for this guide! i'm intending to change all the headlight bulbs this weekend. your walkthru/talkthru is excellent. my only question is why do ford make it so awkward to do the simplest tasks? :) thanks again. total respect!

lewis capner: great video however still very fiddly i found it alot simpler by removing the lights them selves simples

punkrocknerd13: THANK YOU. I just got done trying for 30 mins to unclip the damn thing and couldnt. i watched your video and replaced in in 5 mins. thanks!!!!! god fords suck....

googleboughtmee: '99 1.8i MK1, i took the battery cover off but I don't think I even needed to do that to be honest. didn't seem to make any difference. Drivers side was just as easy as passenger, perhaps even easier, to get to.

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