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!!
TheSnailster: 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...
Nic Dougall: Thanks!
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
DericB33: No it came off fairly easily actually but it wasn't too keen on going back
on afterwards. Its definitely an easier job then the video makes out though!
stereographer: This is the brilliant use of You Tube yet - Great Great Great Idea
squadmeta: wtf are you doing removing all these components? you only need to remove
the battery cover, then you can remove the plastic cover from the back of
the light with some careful manipulation and bending of the cover. I did
mine in 3 mins. If you can't tackle a job like this without taking half the
car apart, then please don't attempt any safety related repairs lol. Don't
take offence, just trying to prevent any others watching this wasting their
time by dismantling things, this is a 'no tools' job.
Alan Bell: You definitely do not need to remove the battery, i unscrewed the 3 bolts (
2 on top, and 1 below accessed from underneath ) and slid the headlight
unit out, bulb replaced in a matter of seconds. Having seen how tight it is
in there and knowing exactly what it takes, i'll probably do it again
rather than fiddle on with skinned knuckles .
RexxyPup: Really useful. Three comments. 1 You don't need to remove the brace wire
that holds the bulb in, it is designed to swing out of the way like a door
after you have unhooked the sprung latch on one side. the two ends of the
wire act as the hinge. 2 Dont clip the wiring connector back on until the
bulb is in. The brace wire does not fit easily over the connector when
trying to brace with the connector 3 Do NOT touch the glass of the bulb
with your fingers. The bulb will pop when hot.
campbellab: You can do it without taking the battery or the air hose. It is very fiddly
though and probably takes the same time overall! Do take off the battery
cover as that allows you to get a better view and is quick and easy to do.
Suggest you have a look at the drivers side light with a headtorch to
see/feel how the securing clip attaches as that's the hard bit...
George Potts: wrong~!