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Replacing a headlight on a Ford F150.

Replacing Headlight Bulbs On A 2006 Ford F150

(Covers Model Years 1997 to 2008)

In This Article:

Various screws are removed and the headlight assembly is separated from the truck. The wiring is disconnected and the bulb replaced.

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Skill Level: 2-3 (Basic to Intermediate)

Time Taken: About 15 Minutes

By Jim Wilk, Licensed Auto Body Technician

Start:

I first moved the vinyl cover between the headlight and radiator out of the way. With a Phillips screwdriver I turned the center of the button push clip (red arrow).

Removing this clip is a real pain. I found if I turn the center slowly and lift or wedge the outer rim I can get the fastener out.

Do not turn the center too fast because it will strip. It is made of plastic.

2006 Ford F-150 headlight, removing plastic clip. 

 

 Removing bolts on Ford truck headlight assembly. I used a 10mm socket to remove the three bolts that held the headlight assembly on.

 

The engineers had designed this clip to hold the headlight assembly in place during production.

When the bolts are removed, this clip prevents the headlight from falling out.

With my finger I pulled up on the tab and the headlight assembly released. Make sure you hold on to the headlight when doing this.

Release tab secures headlight when bolts are removed, Ford truck. 

 

 Headlight assembly when removed from truck, showing bulb locations. Ford. I lifted the headlight assembly off the truck.

Then I was able to access all three bulbs (red arrows).

I removed the main wire (light brown color) by pressing on the tabs on the end of the connectors.

 

Then I was able to remove the bulb holder by twisting it to the left.

The bulb just pulled right out.

When I installed the new bulb, I made sure not to touch the glass with my hands... the oil on your skin can leave a residue that can cause the glass to overheat and make the bulb burn out early.

If you did touch the glass, it can be cleaned with rubbing alcohol.

Changing head light bulb in Ford pickup. 

 

 Rear view of headlight assembly. Rear of headlight assembly.

 

View of headlight mounting area. Mounting area behind headlight, Ford F150. 

 

 Ford F-150 front end headlight area. The headlamp after installation.

 

More Info:

Tools Used:

  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • Sockets: 10mm

Materials Used:

  • Headlight Bulb

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Written January 6, 2009