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Ford Escape Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to replace the low/high beam, turn signal, front side marker, and fog light bulbs in a 2008-2012 Ford Escape.

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2011 Ford Escape Headlight
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Low/High Beam Bulb
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Remove Power Connector

This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the second generation (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012) Ford Escape SUV in replacing the combination low / high beam, front turn signal, side marker and fog light bulbs in the headlight assemblies.

Owners of other Ford, Lincoln, Mercury or related Mazda vehicles such as the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion, Taurus, Mustang, Edge, Explorer, C-Max, Expedition, F-150, E-150, E-350 Wagon, Flex, Transit Connect, MKZ, MKX, MKS, MKT, Milan, Grand Marquis, Mariner, Mountaineer, Navigator, and Mazda Tribute may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

Replacement bulbs with their part numbers are as follows: Low/High Beam # H13 (9008), Turn Signal / Parking # 3457AK or 3357A, Front Sidemarker # 194 and Fog Light # 5202 (H16).

No tools are needed to replace the low/high beam headlight bulb or the turn signal bulb. To access the front side marker or fog light bulbs requires a flathead screwdriver, Phillips head screwdriver and a 10mm socket with ratcheting wrench.

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Base of Headlight Bulb
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1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
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Pull Out Old Bulb
The first two steps are to pop open the hood and move to the side of the vehicle with the burnt out headlight bulb.

The dual filament Low & High Beam bulb is located at the center of the assembly.

Reach in behind the headlight housing and remove the light grey power connector on the base of the bulb by pressing down on the release tab. If you have trouble removing the power plug, use a flathead screwdriver to press the tab down.

Rotate the black plastic base of the low/high bulb 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull the old bulb straight out of the housing.

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Don't Touch Glass Part
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Sylvania H13 (9008) 12V
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Insert New H13 Bulb
Avoid touching the glass part of the new low / high beam headlight bulb with your fingers or anything greasy in the engine bay. If you do get the glass part of the new bulb dirty, wipe it clean with an alcohol moistened paper towel.

Insert the new H13 or "9008" bulb straight into the headlight housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to lock it in place.

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1/4 Turn Clockwise
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Locked In Place
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Push On Power Connector
Push the power connector straight on to the base of the bulb until it clicks in to place.
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Headlight Bulb Replaced
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Front Turn Signal Light
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Orange Turn Signal Socket
The Turn Signal light is located at the bottom corner of the headlight assembly closest to the center line of the vehicle.

Reach in behind the headlight assembly and rotate the orange turn signal bulb socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise.

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1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
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Turn Signal Bulb & Socket
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Pull Out Old 3457AK
Pull the turn signal socket straight out of the headlight housing.

Pull the old turn signal bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new amber colored # 3457AK, 3357A or 3457A bulb.

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Insert New Bulb & Socket
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1/4 Turn Clockwise
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Turn Signal Bulb Secured
Insert the new bulb and turn signal socket back in to the headlight housing before rotating it 1/4 turn clockwise to lock it in place.
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Test Low/High & Signal
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Front Side Marker Light
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Fog Light
Test the new bulb(s) by turning on the headlights and activating the hazard signals.

To access the Front Side Marker and Fog Light bulbs, you'll need to go in through the wheel well liner.

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Turn Wheel Opposite Side
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Wheel Well Liner
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Pry Out Center of Fastener
Turn the steering wheel all the way to the opposite side of the burnt out bulb to give yourself more room to work.

Remove the three black plastic wheel well fasteners by first prying out the smaller center piece with the flathead screwdriver and then pry out the larger outer piece. Set them aside in a safe place.



 

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Center Piece Removed
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Remove Large Outer Piece
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Remove Phillips Screw
Remove the single screw near the top of the wheel well splash guard with the Phillips head screwdriver.
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Two 10mm Bolts
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Remove Two Bolts Under Lip
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3 Fasteners, 2 Bolts, 1 Screw
Look below the lip of the front bumper and remove the two 10mm bolts that hold the wheel well liner in place.

Set the 2 bolts, 3 plastic pop rivets and 1 Phillips head screw aside in a safe place.

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Pull Back Wheel Well Liner
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Fog Light Bulb Socket
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Press Tab - Remove Power
Pull back the black plastic wheel well liner and locate the fog light bulb near the bottom of the bumper.

Press down on the release tab on the top of the fog light bulb power connector and pull it straight off.

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Pinch 2 Release Tabs
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Push In Top/Bottom Tabs
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Fog Bulb Clip Close Up
Remove the old fog light bulb by firmly pinching together the two release tabs at the top and bottom of the tan plastic base.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the fog light housing.

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Insert New 5202 / H16 Bulb
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Fog Light Bulb Replaced
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Test New Fog Light Bulb
Push in the new # 5202 or H16 fog light bulb until the two retaining clips snap in to place.

Test the new fog light bulb(s) by turning on the headlights and the fog lights.

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Front Sidemarker Socket
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Reach In & 1/4 Turn CC
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Side Marker Bulb Removed
The light grey front side marker light bulb socket is located at the outer edge of the headlight assembly and above the fog light.

Reach in and rotate the socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise before pulling it straight out of the headlight assembly.

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Pull Out Old # 194 Bulb
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Insert & 1/4 Turn Clockwise
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Test New Front Side Marker
Pull the old side marker bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 194 bulb.

(If necessary, you may also be able to use any miniature wedge base bulb such as the # 168, 175, 2825 or W5W.)

Re-insert the side marker socket back in to the headlight assembly and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Test the new side marker bulb by turning on the headlights.

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Replace Wheel Splash Guard
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Line Up Fastener Holes
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Replace Phillips Screw
Push the wheel well liner back in to place and line up the fastener holes with the holes in the metal quarter panel.

Replace the single screw and tighten it with the Phillips head screwdriver.

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Replace Lower Pop Rivet
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Insert Outer Piece First
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Pop In Small Center Pin
Pop in the larger outer pieces of the black plastic fasteners first and then secure them in place by pushing the smaller pins in to the center.

Thread in the two 10mm bolts underneath the bumper by hand a few turns. Tighten them with the 10mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

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Replace 2 Bolts Under Bumper
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Tighten With 10mm Bolts
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Test All Headlight Bulbs
Test the new bulbs by turning on the headlights, activating the hazard signals and switch on the fog lights.

For more, please check out my other Ford Escape Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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