How To Replace A Headlight On A Crown Victoria

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Replacing your Crown Victoria’s headlights can improve nighttime visibility a lot. A replacement will provide brighter light and allow you to see further in the dark. It'll also help other drivers see your vehicle at night and during inclement weather.

Headlight assemblies don't last forever. Headlamp bulbs will burn out after 500 or 1,000 hours. The headlamp assembly can become hazy, discolored, or cracked.

This tutorial covers how to replace the headlight bulb and how to replace the complete headlamp assembly. The job is easy to do and can be done quickly with only a few tools. You also can save money by doing the work yourself and by ordering genuine OEM Ford parts from our website.

The Parts You Will Need

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Replacing A Crown Victoria Headlight Assembly In 6 Steps

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This step by step guide shows you everything you will need to do to complete this job:

    1. First, open the hood and then make sure it will stay open.
    2. Remove the plastic panel behind the grille. This panel covers the top of the radiator. You can remove it by twisting three plastic fasteners by hand. Removing the plastic panel will provide access to the headlight assembly. 
    3. There are two rectangular metal clips that hold the headlight assembly in place. To remove these clips, pull up on the tabs. If you cannot remove the clips by hand, use pliers or a screwdriver to pry up on the tabs.

Pull the headlight assembly forward and out over the front bumper. If the bumper cover is also damaged, this guide on bumper covers can help you decide if it should be repaired or replaced.

  1. Unplug the wire harness. Be sure not to pull on the wires. You can use a flat bladed screwdriver to pry the harness loose from the headlamp assembly.
  2. Unscrew the black plastic retaining nut securing the bulb. Next, pull the headlight bulb out of the housing.
  3. Either replace only the headlight bulb and then install the original headlight assembly or install the new assembly. You can do this by following the above steps in reverse.
  4. Once the headlamp assembly is reinstalled, make sure it is securely fastened with the metal clips.
  5. Reattach the plastic panel that covers the radiator.

If you're replacing the headlight bulb, be sure to wear gloves. If you touch a headlight bulb with your bare hands, the oil from your hands will rub off on the bulb. It may eventually damage the bulb and/or cause it overheat.