How to Replace a 1998 Ford Taurus Headlight Bulb

When a headlight bulb burns out on your 1998 Ford Taurus, you should replace it right away. The headlights cast light on your path in low light and alert other drivers to your presence on the road. You can easily replace the headlight bulbs on your Taurus from under the hood without any tools required. Buy new headlight bulbs from an auto parts retailer or a Ford dealership.


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      Raise the hood of your Taurus and use the support rod to prop the hood up.

    • 2

      Unclip the electrical module located to the right of the battery if you are changing the driver's side bulb. Move the module out of the way to access the bulb.

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      Locate the hole in the upper radiator support. Reach through the hole and pull the clip that retains the electrical connection to the bulb. Remove the wiring harness from the bulb.

    • 4

      Remove the retaining ring that secures the bulb in the assembly. You will need to turn the retaining ring on your Taurus counter-clockwise slightly to free it from the bulb. Pull the ring off the bulb and set it aside.

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      Pull the bulb straight out of the headlight assembly. Insert the new bulb into the assembly. You will need to insert the bulb on your Taurus straight into the assembly with the flat portion of the plastic base facing up.

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      Insert the retaining ring on the bulb base. Turn the ring clockwise until it locks into place. Press the electrical connection straight onto the base of the bulb until it clicks.

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      Repeat the process on the opposite side if needed. Close the hood of your car and test the headlights to be sure they function properly.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not touch the glass portion of the halogen bulb when installing it. The oils in your skin can damage the bulb and cause it to fail.
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