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Ford Taurus Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a low / high beam, turn signal or front side marker bulb in the headlights of 2010-2014 Ford Taurus.

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Paul B. Michaels
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Auto Mechanic Since 1989

2013 Taurus Headlight
Dual Low/High Beam Bulb
Rubber Dust Cover
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 6th generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014) Ford Taurus sedan in changing a burnt out combination low & high beam, front turn signal or front side marker light bulb in the headlight assemblies.

Owners of other Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles with similar headlight housings such as the Fiesta, Fusion, Focus, C-Max, Mustang, Escape, Transit Connect, Explorer, Edge, Expedition, Flex, MKS, MKZ, MKT, MKX, Navigator, Milan, Grand Marquis, Mariner and Mountaineer may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

Replacement bulbs with their part numbers are as follows: Dual Filament Low & High Beam # 9005 bulb (2010-2012 model years) or # 9012 (HIR2LL) (2013 & 2014 model years), Front Turn Signal Light # 3457A or 3457NAK, and Front Side Marker # 168.

No tools are needed to change any of the headlight bulbs in either the driver or passenger side assemblies.

Pull Off Black Rubber Cap
Rubber Dust Cover Removed
Old Low & High Beam Bulb
The headlight bulbs on the passenger side of the vehicle are easily accessible with out removing any components. The front  side marker bulb sockets are more easily reached by people with smaller hands by going in through the wheel well.

To replace the bulbs on the driver side, you may choose to pull off the top of the air box and possibly pull out the bottom half of the box for easier access.

The first steps are to pop open the hood and move to the side of the vehicle with the burnt out bulb. The passenger side headlight assembly is shown in this tutorial.

Reach in behind the headlight housing and pull off the round black rubber dust cap. Set the cover aside in a safe place.

1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
Pull Out Old Bulb
Pry Off Power Connector
Rotate the base of the old low/high beam bulb 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out of the socket.

Gently pry off the grey plastic retaining clip and disconnect the power plug from the base of the old bulb.

Power Plug Removed
Philips HIR2LL (9012)
Headlight Bulb Socket
Try to avoid touching the glass part of the new halogen headlight bulb with your fingers or anything greasy in the engine bay.

If you do get the bulb dirty, wipe it clean with an alcohol moistened paper towel.


Push On Power Connector
Insert New 9012 Bulb
1/4 Turn Clockwise
Push the power plug straight on to the base of the new bulb until it clicks securely in to place.

Insert the new 9012 bulb in to the socket and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to lock it in place.

Front Turn Signal Light
Orange Bulb Socket
1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
The front turn signal light is located closer to the inner corner of the headlight assembly.

Reach in behind the headlight and rotate the light orange turn signal bulb socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

Remove Bulb Socket
Pull Out Old # 3457NAK
Re-Insert Bulb Socket
Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new amber colored number 3457A, 3457NA or 3457NAK.

Re-insert the socket in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Push On Rubber Dust Cap
Side Marker - Outer Edge
If you haven't already, push the black rubber dust cap over the low/high beam headlight bulb.

To change the front side marker bulb, remove the three 5.5mm screws that hold the black plastic wheel well liner in place.

Pull back the wheel well liner, reach in, and rotate the socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise to remove it. Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 168 bulb.

Test the new bulbs by turning on the headlight switch, flashing the high beams and activating the hazard signals.

For more, please check out my other Ford Taurus DIY Repair Guides.

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