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Ford F-150 Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a low / high beam, turn signal or front side marker bulb in the headlights of a 2009-2014 Ford F150.

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2013 F150 Headlight
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Open Hood
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Remove Plastic Screw

This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 12th generation (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014) Ford F-150 truck in changing a burnt out combination low & high beam bulb, front turn signal bulb or front side marker bulb in the headlight assemblies.

Owners of other F-Series trucks or other Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles such as the Super Duty F-250, F-350, F-450, Expedition, Explorer, Edge, Escape, E-150, E-250, E-350, Transit Connect, Flex, MKX, MKT, Navigator and Mountaineer may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

Replacement headlight bulbs with their part numbers are as follows: Low & High Beam # H13 (9008), Front Turn Signal # 3157A or 3157NA, and Front Side Marker # 168.

The tools needed to change the headlight bulbs are a Phillips head screwdriver, and a 10mm socket with ratcheting wrench.

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Phillips Screw Removed
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Pull Out Plastic Fastener
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Remove 10mm Bolts
The first two steps are to open the hood and move to the side of the truck with the burnt out headlight bulb.

Then locate the small black plastic Phillips head screw at the top of the rubber flap which covers the front inner edge of the headlight assembly.

Remove the plastic screw by turning it counter clockwise with a Phillips head screwdriver and pull it  straight out. Pull the rubber cover away from the headlight assembly.

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1st 10mm Bolt Removed
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Loosen 2nd Top 10mm Bolt
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2nd Bolt Removed
Remove the two black metal bolts on the top of the headlight assembly by turning them counter clockwise with a 10mm socket and ratcheting wrench.
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3rd Bolt On Inner Front
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3rd 10mm Bolt Removed
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Pull Off Headlight Housing
The 3rd and final bolt holding the headlight housing in place is mounted horizontally on the front inner edge.

Remove the 3rd bolt with the 10mm socket and ratcheting wrench. Set the three 10mm bolts and the black plastic screw aside in a safe place.

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Friction Fasteners Removed
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3 Metal Bolts, 1 Plastic Screw
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Turn Over Headlight
Gently pull the headlight assembly straight off the front of the truck. The headlight is also held in place by two pegs and two friction fasteners on the outer edge.

If you have trouble removing the headlight, try wiggling it back and forth while pulling on it.

Turn the headlight housing over and rest it on the front bumper. To avoid scratching the bumper or the plastic headlight lens, place a towel in between the two surfaces.

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Release Power Connector
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1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
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Pull Out Old Headlight Bulb
The dual filament low & high beam bulb is the largest socket located at the center of the headlight housing.

Press the release button on the light grey power connector and slide it straight off the base of the headlight bulb.

Rotate the base of the low/high beam bulb 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out of the headlight housing.



 

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Sylvania H13 12V 60/55W
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Insert New Low/High Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise
Insert a new # H13 or "9008" low/high beam headlight bulb straight in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn to lock it in place.
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Low/High Beam Bulb Installed
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Push On Power Connector
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Turn Signal Bulb Socket
Push the light grey power connector straight on to the base of the headlight bulb until it clicks in to place.
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1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
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Remove Socket
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Pull Old Bulb Straight Out
The front turn signal bulb is located inside the light orange socket at the bottom of the headlight housing.

Rotate the socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out of the housing. Pull the old turn signal bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new amber colored # 3157NA, 3157A or 3157NAK.

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Turn Signal # 3157NAK
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Push In New 3157A Bulb
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Re-Insert Socket
Re-insert the turn signal bulb socket back in to 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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Front Sidemarker Bulb
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1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
The small light grey socket for the front sidemarker bulb is located at the outer edge of the headlight housing.
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Remove Side Marker Socket
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Pull Out Side Marker Bulb
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Push In New # 168 Bulb
Rotate the socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out of the headlight assembly.

Pull the old side marker bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 168 bulb.

If necessary, you can also use any other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the number 158, W5W, 2825, 194 or a compatible LED unit.

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

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1/4 Turn Clockwise
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Line Up Side Fasteners
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Push On Headlight Assembly
To re-install the headlight housing, line up the two black plastic pegs and two silver metal friction fasteners on the outer edge with their corresponding holes on the corner of the truck.

Gently push the headlight assembly back in to place.

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Replace 10mm Top Bolts
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2nd Top 10mm Bolt
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Replace 3rd Bolt Inner Edge
Thread in the two 10mm bolts on the top of the headlight housing and the one on the front inner edge by hand a few turns to prevent them from becoming cross threaded.
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Tighten With 10mm Socket
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Replace Rubber Flap
Tighten the three headlight bolts with the 10mm socket and ratcheting wrench by turning them clockwise.
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Push In Plastic Screw
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Headlight Housing Replaced
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Test New Light Bulbs
Replace the rubber flap over the inner edge of the headlight housing and insert the black plastic fastener in to the corresponding hole. Push the black plastic screw in to the center of the fastener to secure it in place.

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

For more, check out my other Ford F-150 Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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