How do I change the headlight on a 2008 Ford Taurus?

I like to save money by doing simple repairs myself, but I am trying to change the lightbulb on my 2008 Ford Taurus headlight and I can’t get to it from under the hood like I can in my other car. So how do I change the headlight bulb on my Taurus?

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Answer provided by
Lynell Spencer
Answered on Apr 15, 2022
Every car model has its quirks—and the Taurus is no exception. There are a couple of extra steps to replace your headlight bulb in a Taurus, but it can still be done pretty easily with an 8mm wrench and a pair of pliers.
To remove and change the headlight on a 2008 Ford Taurus, you need to **take out the headlight assembly first. **
To remove the headlight assembly you will need a pair of needle-nosed pliers, and an extended 8mm socket wrench.
  • Open the hood, and remove the 8mm bolt on the top inside of the headlamp.
  • Use the needle-nosed pliers to remove the retaining pins on the top of the assembly.
  • Pull the headlight assembly off gently—you may need to wiggle it side to side a bit.
To replace the bulbs:
  • Locate the socket cover on the back of the headlight assembly, and turn it counterclockwise to remove it and expose the bulb socket.
  • Turn the socket retainer counterclockwise to remove it from the assembly and access the bulb.
  • Press the retaining clip on the side of the socket, and pull out the bulb. Replace with your new bulb, and reassemble the headlight.
To add even more clarity to your new headlights, this is a great time to clean and de-fog them as well!
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