Ford Taurus Owners Manual: Changing a bulb

Lamp Assembly Condensation

Exterior lamps are vented to accommodate normal changes in pressure.

Condensation can be a natural by-product of this design. When moist air enters the lamp assembly through the vents, there is a possibility that condensation can occur when the temperature is cold. When normal condensation occurs, a thin film of mist can form on the interior of the lens. The thin mist eventually clears and exits through the vents during normal operation. Clearing time may take as long as 48 hours under dry weather conditions.

These are examples of acceptable condensation: Presence of thin mist (no streaks, drip marks or droplets).

Fine mist covers less than 50% of the lens.

These are examples of unacceptable moisture (usually caused by a lamp water leak): Water puddle inside the lamp.

Large water droplets, drip marks or streaks present on the interior of the lens.

Take your vehicle to a dealer for service if any of the above conditions of unacceptable moisture are present.

Replacing headlamp bulbs

WARNING:

Handle a halogen headlamp bulb carefully and keep out of childrens reach. Grasp the bulb only by its plastic base and do not touch the glass. The oil from your hand could cause the bulb to break the next time the headlamps are operated.

Note: If the bulb is accidentally touched, it should be cleaned with rubbing alcohol before being used.

Headlamp:


Headlamp:

A. Front parking lamp/turn signal bulb

B. Low/High beam headlamp bulb

C. Sidemarker bulb

Low/High beam bulbs:


Low/High beam bulbs:

1. Make sure the headlamp switch is in the off position, then open the hood.

2. Reach in behind the headlamp assembly to access the bulbs and connectors.

3. Remove service cap.

4. Remove bulb from the headlamp assembly by turning it counterclockwise, then pull it straight out.

Front parking lamp/turn


Front parking lamp/turn signal/sidemarker bulbs:

1. Make sure headlamp switch is in the off position, then open the hood.

2. Reach in behind the headlamp assembly to access the bulb sockets and connectors.

3. Rotate the bulb socket counterclockwise and remove from the lamp assembly.

4. Carefully pull the bulb out of the socket and push in the new bulb.

Install the new bulbs in reverse order from the steps above.

Replacing HID headlamp bulbs (if equipped)

The headlamps on your vehicle use a high intensity discharge source.

These lamps operate at a high voltage. When the bulb is burned out, the bulb and starter capsule assembly must be replaced by your authorized dealer.

Replacing stop/tail/turn and sidemarker lamp bulbs

Your vehicle is equipped with a tail lamp assembly containing integral multiple light emitting diodes (LED) for the stop/tail/turn and sidemarker functions. If replacement is required, see your authorized dealer.

Replacing backup lamp bulbs

1. Make sure the headlamp switch is in the off position.


1. Make sure the headlamp switch is in the off position.

2. Remove the deck lid trim panel press pins and carefully pull the panel away to expose the backside of the backup lamp assembly.

3. Remove bulb socket by rotating it


3. Remove bulb socket by rotating it counterclockwise, then pull it out of the lamp assembly.

4. Pull the bulb straight from the


4. Pull the bulb straight from the socket.

5. Install the new bulb in reverse order.

Replacing high-mount brake lamp bulbs

Your vehicle is equipped with an LED high-mount brake lamp. It is designed to last the life of the vehicle. If replacement is required, it is recommended that you see your authorized dealer.

Replacing license plate lamp bulbs

1. Make sure the headlamp switch is in the off position.


1. Make sure the headlamp switch is in the off position.

2. Remove the two screws from the license plate lamp assembly.

3. Carefully pull the bulb out from


3. Carefully pull the bulb out from the contacts.

Install new bulb(s) in reverse order.

Replacing supplemental park lamp bulbs

Your vehicle is equipped with an LED supplemental park lamp. It is designed to last the life of the vehicle. If replacement is required, it is recommended that you see your authorized dealer.

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