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Focus headlight help

Discussion in 'Motors' started by Dutch Guy, 6 Jun 2006.

  1. Dutch Guy

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    The left dipped beam is broken on my 2002 Focus, is that easy to replace, can I do that myself?

    I know a lot about messing with computers but not with cars, in the three and a half years I have the car I have opened the bonnet two times so can a n00b do it?
     
  2. lordrobs

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    It will just be a blown bulb, simple job.

    My only tip is make sure you don't touch the glass of the new bulb.
     
  3. Dutch Guy

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    So I just open the bonnet, find out which bulb is broken and replace it?

    I won't have trouble getting to the bulb due to other stuff that is in the way?
     
  4. Princey

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    You may have to remove the battery cover and move the battery back a little.
     
  5. saitrix

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    I was able to do my Focus without moving anything else. :)
     
  6. big_white_dog84

    Wise Guy

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    Apparently depending on the year and model changing the passenger side headlight etc can be very VERY tricky. A focus owner's forum recommended just spending £20 getting a garage to do it for you....one guy had to jack up his car and crawl underneath to change his!
     
  7. Dutch Guy

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    Good thing I live in Holland and have a lefthand drive car so it's the drivers side bulb :)

    I will try it tonight, I guess it will be fine, I just have to remember not to touch the bulb and replace the right one out of the three bulbs :o
     
  8. Baron G

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    I ended up having to take a 2002 Corolla to the garage to get a driver's side bulb replaced. There just wasn't enough room between the light unit and a black--box of some kind.

    There's something slightly humiliating about having to ask someone else to change a light bulb for you :o
     
  9. big_white_dog84

    Wise Guy

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    Mine went last night :( Only had the car 9 days and a bulb gone already.

    I'm going to have a bash at changing it today, but looks like I'll be taking it into a garage this afternoon.
     
  10. saitrix

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    What? :confused: You can change it yourself easy.
     
  11. big_white_dog84

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    Don't I need to remove the battery?
     
  12. saitrix

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    I didn't have to, even if you do need to it is a 2 minute job. Take the battery cover off, take the battery leads off and lift the battery out. But I have a 1.6 and I still managed to change both without moving anything.
     
  13. big_white_dog84

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    OK thanks - mine is a 1.6 too. I wasn't happy with removing the battery but if it means I don't have to look like a n000b by taking it into a garage I will just have to put up with it.......off to Halfords.
     
  14. Ste

    Mobster

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    Took me about half an hour to change one of the fog lamps after a stone went through it - I swear they try and make it difficult!
     
  15. big_white_dog84

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    Changed the headlight. Took about half an hour of fiddling about but i managed to do it without removing the battery. The indicator on the passenger side looks very difficult though :S