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How to Change the Headlight on a 2002 Ford F-150

by Thomas West

The Ford F-150, the best-selling half-ton pickup truck in America for decades was first marketed in 1975, in the F-series' sixth generation. In 2010, the F-series was in its 12th generation, the F-150 its seventh. The 2002 F-150 was among the F-series' 10th generation, which was in production from 1997 to 2003. The 2002 F-150 was available in two- or four-wheel-drive versions and in many different cab, cargo bed and wheelbase combinations. The truck came in three trim levels starting with the base XL, moving up to the midlevel XLT, and on to the top-of-the-line Lariat. The King Ranch and Harley-Davidson F-150s were two special trim levels available in limited numbers. All models utilized high-impact plastic aerodynamic headlamp assemblies that contained replaceable halogen bulbs.

Turn the 2002 F-150's headlight switch off and open the hood.

Locate the two retaining clips on the rear of the headlight assembly you wish to replace. Pull the clips towards the rear of the truck, then slightly upward (approximately ¾ inch).

Grasp the headlight assembly and slide it straight out of the front of the vehicle to expose the wiring connector at the rear.

Pull the wiring connector straight off the back of the headlamp assembly. Remove the headlight assembly from the front of the vehicle. Remove the bulb retaining ring by twisting it off in a counterclockwise direction. Pull the bulb straight out of the back of the headlight assembly.

Push a new bulb into the rear of the existing headlight assembly if you're replacing the bulb only, or install the bulb into a replacement headlight assembly. Replace the retaining ring and tighten it by hand in a clockwise direction.

Push the bulb wiring connector back into place on the back of the headlight assembly until it is fully seated.

Slide the headlight assembly back into place on the front of the truck. Push down and then forward on the retaining tabs to secure the assembly. Close the hood.

Tip

  • Use 9007 replacement halogen headlight bulbs (one per side) in your 2002 Ford F-150.

Warning

  • Do not touch the glass part of your F150's halogen headlight bulb. Use rubber gloves or handle the bulb by the base. Oils from your skin could cause the bulb to burn out when first powered on.

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