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Ford Fiesta Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out low beam, high beam, front turn signal or side marker light bulb in a 2009 to 2015 Ford Fiesta.

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2013 Fiesta Headlight
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Low Beam Bulb
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Round Rubber Cover

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the sixth generation (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and possibly also the 2016 model year) Ford Fiesta sedan or hatchback in changing a burnt out low beam, high beam, front turn signal or side marker bulb in the headlight assemblies.

Owners of other Ford or Lincoln vehicles such as the Focus, Fusion, C-Max, Mustang, Escape, Transit Connect, Edge, Flex, Explorer, Expedition, Taurus, F-150, EcoSport, MKC, MKZ, MKS, MKX, MKT and the Navigator may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The replacement bulbs with their part numbers are as follows: Low Beam # H11, High Beam # H1, Front Turn Signal # 3157NAK (also 3157NA or 3157A) and Side Marker # 168.

No tools are required to change the low beam, high beam or front turn signal bulbs.

If you'd like to replace the side marker or you'd prefer to remove the entire headlight assembly from the vehicle, you'll need a Torx T-30 star bit screwdriver and a Phillips head screwdriver.

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Rubber Cap Removed
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Base of Low Beam Bulb
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Pry Off Power Plug
There are two methods for replacing the headlight bulbs in a Ford Fiesta.

It is possible to just reach behind the assembly to access the low beam, high beam or front turn signal bulbs. This first method requires no tools but can be a bit difficult if you have large hands.

The alternative method is to detach the entire headlight housing from the front of the vehicle. If you'd prefer this method, scroll down to the bottom third of this page for the headlight assembly removal instructions.

Taking off the headlight assembly is also the only way to access the front side marker bulbs.

The Low Beam bulb is located closer to the outer edge of the housing.

Pull off the rubber dust cover and set it aside in a safe place.

Gently pull back the retaining clip and slide the electrical connector straight off the base of the old bulb.

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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Old Bulb Removed
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GE H11 Low Beam

Rotate the base of the old bulb 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it out of the housing.

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Push On Electrical Connector
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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New Low Beam Installed
Try to avoid touching the glass part of the new halogen bulb with your fingers or anything grease in the engine bay.

Insert the new # H11 low beam bulb in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

Push the electrical connector straight on to the base of the new bulb.

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Line Up Rubber Dust Cap
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Push On Rubber Cover
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High Beam - Near Center
Line up the rubber dust cover and push it back in to place over the low beam bulb.

The High Beam bulb is located near the inner corner of the headlight housing.

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Plastic Dust Cap
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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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High Beam Bulb
Reach in behind the headlight housing and rotate the round black plastic dust cap 1/4 turn counterclockwise before removing it.
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Push In Release Tab
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Remove Old High Beam
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Separate Bulb From Plug
Push in the black plastic release tab on the electrical connector before sliding it straight off the base of the old bulb.

Pull the old high beam bulb straight out of the housing.

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GE H1 High Beam Bulb
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Insert New Bulb In Socket
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Push On Electrical Connector
Try to avoid touching the glass part of the new halogen bulb with your fingers or anything else that is greasy or oily.

If you do get the new bulb dirty, wipe it off with a rubbing alcohol moistened paper towel.

Insert the new H1 high beam bulb in to the socket.

Due to the bulb's irregularly shaped metal base, it can only be inserted in one way.

Push the black plastic power plug straight on to the base of the new high beam bulb.

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Replace Plastic Cap
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Turn Signal - Inner Corner
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Turn Signal Bulb Socket
Replace the black plastic cover by twisting it on 1/4 turn in the clockwise direction.

The Front Turn Signal light bulb socket is located at the inner corner of the housing.

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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Remove Bulb Socket
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Pull Out Old Bulb
Reach in and rotate the black plastic turn signal bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise before pulling it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket.



 

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Push In New # 3157NAK
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Testing New Bulbs
Push a new amber colored # 3157NAK (also 3157NA or 3157A) straight in to the socket.

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

If you need to change a burnt out front side marker bulb or you'd like to take off the entire headlight assembly, follow the steps below.

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Side Marker - Outer Edge
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Remove Headlight Assembly
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Remove Rear Torx T30 Screw
The headlight assembly is held in place to the front of the car by two Torx T30 screws.

Remove the screw near the rear outer corner of the assembly by turning it counterclockwise with a Torx T-30 star bit screwdriver.

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Remove Front Torx T30 Screw
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T-30 Bolt Removed
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Two T30 Bolts Removed
Then remove the other T30 screw at the front inner corner of the housing by turning it counterclockwise.

Set the two screws aside in a safe place.

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Loosen Black Plastic Screw
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Remove Plastic Fastener
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Pull Off Headlight Housing
Then loosen the small black plastic screw near the front inner corner of the headlight by turning it counterclockwise with a Phillips head screwdriver.

Once the plastic screw has been loosened, you can pull out the entire fastener and set it aside with the two screws.

Carefully pull the headlight assembly off the front of the car.

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Disconnect Electrical Connector
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Headlight Power Plug
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Turn Over Headlight Housing
Push in the release tab on the headlight's electrical connector and slide the plug straight out of its socket.

Turn over the housing to access the headlight bulbs.

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1/4 Turn Counterclockwise
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Remove Bulb Socket
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Pull Out Old Side Marker Bulb
The Front Side Marker bulb socket is located at the rear outer corner of the assembly.

Rotate the small black plastic bulb socket 1/4 turn counterclockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket.

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Push In New # 168 Bulb
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Low Beam Bulb
Push a new # 168 bulb straight in to the socket.

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

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

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High Beam Bulb
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Front Turn Signal Socket
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If you need to replace the low beam, high beam or front turn signal light bulbs, refer to my instructions further up this page.
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Replace Headlight Housing
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Line Up Bolt Holes
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Re-Insert T30 Bolts
Line up the headlight housing and gently push it back in to place on the front of the vehicle.

Re-insert the the two bolts and spin them in a turn or two in the clockwise direction.

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Push In Plastic Fastener
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Tighten Clockwise
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Tighten Front Torx T30
Re-insert the black plastic fastener at the front inner edge of the headlight and then pop in the plastic screw to secure it in place.

Tighten the two Torx T30 screws by turning them clockwise until they are snug.

Try to avoid over tightening the screws to prevent from cracking the plastic edges of the housing.

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Push On Power Plug
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Test New Side Marker Bulb
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Testing New Headlight Bulbs
Push the electrical connector straight in to the socket on the back side of the headlight housing.

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

For more, check out my other 2009-2015 Ford Fiesta DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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