How to Replace the Front Signal Lights in Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

When the turn signals on a Volkswagen car begin to flash twice as fast as usual it means one of the turn signal bulbs is out. Replacing the front turn signal lights on a Volkswagen car is easy if you have a screwdriver handy. Replacing the front turn signal light in a Volkswagen car makes driving safer and can save you from getting a ticket. These instructions are not for the classic Volkswagen car but newer models.

Under The Hood:

 How to Replace the Front Signal Lights in a Dodge Durango

Open the hood of your Durango to replace the front signal lights. Use a socket wrench to take out the two bolts that hold the headlamp assembly to the upper fender reinforcement at the outer edge of the open hood just above the headlights. Carefully pull back the wheel liner.

Unlock the turn signal assembly by finding the screw on the bottom corner of the headlight assembly. It is toward the outside part of the vehicle. Remove that screw with the screwdriver and pull it straight out from underneath the headlight.

Rotate the signal assembly a fourth turn counter clockwise to remove the socket from the lamp housing. Pull the signal light bulb straight out from the socket.

Replace with a new trade number 3457AK bulb, which can be purchased at any auto parts store. Simply push the new bulb in. Twist the socket back into the signal light assembly, and slide it back inside the bottom part of the headlight.

Replace the screw. Secure the entire headlamp assembly back in place with the mounting bolts.

Items you will need

  • 3457AK signal light bulb

  • Screwdriver

  • Socket wrench

 How to Replace the Front Signal Lights in a Dodge Ram

Open the hood. The front turn signal bulbs are each located inside the headlamp assemblies in front of the engine on each side. Even though the light assembly is attached to the front outside of the truck, you have to open the hood to get to the assembly. Locate the two bolts that are along the inside of the lamp housing. Take them off with a socket wrench.

Look down by the fender well where the front tire is. Toward the upper front of the fender well, there is a fist-sized access hole. Remove the plug covering the access hole and slip your fingers in there to take off the nut that holds the lamp housing on the truck.

Go back around to the front and pull the headlight housing off, straight forward, away from the fender, so you have a little bit of space to disconnect the electrical connectors.

Unlock and pull off all three of the electrical connectors (for the headlight, turn signal and parking light) straight out. Remember which connector goes where. You can now pull the headlamp assembly all the way off of the truck. Rotate the connector a quarter turn and remove the signal light bulb from the electrical connector.

Push in the new turn signal light bulb. Use bulb number 1157 for Dodge Rams unless your owner's manual specifies otherwise for your particular year.

Replace all three of the electrical connectors and press the lamp housing back onto the truck. Go back to the fender well and replace the nut back on through the access hole. Put the plug back on and close the hood.

Items you will need

  • 1157 signal light bulb

  • Screwdriver

 How to Replace the Front Signal Lights in a Dodge Caravan

Open the engine's hood to access the front turn signal bulbs. Find the three screws that hold the headlight assembly to the front of the van. They are above the light assembly spaced apart like a triangle. Remove the three screws with a screwdriver.

Take the headlight assembly a little ways off of the front of the van to give you room to get to the bulbs. The turn signal socket is in the middle of the outer half of the headlight assembly. Twist the socket counter clockwise to take it out of the assembly.

Pull the turn signal bulb straight out from the socket. Dispose of the old bulb. Replace it with bulb trade number 3457AK unless the owner's manual for your Caravan year model states otherwise. Turn signal bulbs can be purchased at any auto supply store.

Reinstall the turn signal light socket and replace the headlight assembly back onto the van. Test the bulb to make sure they work before you secure the assembly with the three screws. Close the hood and drive safely.

Items you will need

  • Turn signal light bulb number 3457AK

  • Screwdriver

 How to Replace the Front Signal Lights in a Mercury Cougar

Turn off your Cougar's engine and set the headlamp switch to "OFF." Open the hood using the primary and auxiliary hood release latches.

Remove the center cover and the screws attached to the radiator grille. Pull the radiator grille out of the engine compartment and set it on the ground.

Use a T30 Torx screwdriver to remove the two primary retaining screws from the headlamp assembly. Make a note of each screw's original location--they're not interchangeable, so you'll need to put them back in the right slot to reassemble the light.

Draw the headlamp assembly away from the car and then disconnect the electrical wiring connector.

Find the bulb socket that contains the broken signal bulb. Then, turn the bulb socket counter-clockwise to remove it from the assembly.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and replace it with the new bulb. Dispose of the old bulb immediately to prevent it from becoming a hazard.

Test the new bulb to make sure it works before replacing the assembly and closing the hood.

Items you will need

  • 3757A replacement bulb

  • T30 Torx screwdriver

 How to Replace the Front Signal Lights in an Acura Integra

Remove the front turn signal light casing by removing the screw that holds it in place with a Phillips head screwdriver. Gently pull the light casing straight out from your Acura Integra to reveal the damaged signal bulb.

Grasp the turn signal light bulb from your Acura Integra and gently turn the bulb counterclockwise. Pull the light bulb straight out of its socket and clean the contact points of any dirt.

Replace the light bulb and push it in as you turn it clockwise to lock it into place. Ensure that the pins on either side of the bulb from your Acura Integra line up properly to keep the bulb secure.

Check your new light bulb to make sure it works properly. Engage the signal to ensure no faults lie in the switch or the light bulb.

Items you will need

  • Phillips head screwdriver

 How to Replace the Front Signal Lights in a Chevy Corvette

Shut off your car to avoid a shock while working on the signal light. Engage the emergency brake for added safety.

Turn the wheel nearest the broken signal bulb inward so you can access the inside front of the wheel well.

Remove the three outer fasteners holding the bulb assembly access cover in place, and then remove the cover.

Pull the outer cover away from the back of the assembly to expose the turn signal bulb socket.

Turn the signal bulb socket counterclockwise to remove it from the assembly, and then pull the bulb directly out of the socket.

Install the new bulb into the socket and screw the socket counterclockwise back into position.

Test the new bulb to make sure it works before replacing the outer cover and refastening the access cover.

Items you will need

  • 5702KA replacement bulb (2005 and later models)

 How to Replace the Front Signal Lights in a Chevy Silverado

Pull the hood release handle inside the truck located by the steering wheel at the low left side. Get out and go to the center of the grille in front and reach in and pull up the secondary hood release. Lift up the hood.

Locate the headlamp assembly at the front side of the truck. Silverados either have one or two pins on top holding it to the vehicle. If it has two pins, turn the outer pin toward the outside edge of the truck and then pull it straight upward. Do the same with the pin located more toward the center of the grille only turn it inward, then straight up. If your truck has just the one pin, turn the pin upward and straight out.

Draw the headlamp assembly straight out, but not so far that you detach all the wires. Next unplug the headlamps electrical socket connector so you have more room to work. Be careful not to drop or scratch the headlight bulb, which is still inside the assembly.

Find the retainer clip that holds the signal light housing in place. It is close to the outside edge of the truck, behind the housing that contains the signal light bulbs. Press down on the retainer clip and pull the housing away from the vehicle.

Press down on the locking release lever at the third socket from the outside. Turn the signal bulb connector socket counter clockwise to take it out of the housing. Pull the old bulb out of the socket.

Push a new turn signal bulb trade number 3457A into the socket without touching it with your fingers. Return the electrical connector back into the housing by twisting it clockwise until you feel it lock.

Slide the housing for the turn signal back into the truck. First place the hook and posts closest to the inside where they line up with the alignment holes, and then click the outer side back in the retainer bracket. Reattach the headlight's electrical connector and put the headlamp assembly back onto the truck with the pins. Test the signal lights to make sure they work.

Items you will need

  • 3457 A turn signal bulb

 How to Replace the Front Signal Lights in a Honda CR-V

2001 and Earlier Models

Start the engine and turn the steering wheel away from side of the car holding the broken bulb. For example, if you're replacing the driver's side bulb, turn the wheel all the way to the right.

Switch the headlights off, turn off the engine and remove the keys from the ignition.

Use a flathead screwdriver to pry up the center piece of the fender fastener inside the wheel well. Then, remove the fastener and pull the fender cover back to expose the bulb sockets.

Twist the turn signal bulb socket one quarter-turn counterclockwise and remove it from the assembly. Then, press the old bulb into the socket, turn it counterclockwise and pull it out.

Replace the broken bulb with the new bulb and screw the socket back into the assembly.

Start the engine and test the new turn signal to make sure it works before replacing the fender cover and fastener.

2002 and Later Models

Shut off the engine and pull the keys out of the ignition. Open the hood using the primary and auxiliary hood release latches.

Remove the engine coolant reserve tank by pulling it directly out of its holder (2007 and later models only.)

Locate the turn signal bulb socket next to the headlight bulb socket.

Twist the turn signal bulb socket one quarter-turn counterclockwise and remove it from the assembly.

Pull the old bulb directly out of the socket. Dispose of it immediately to prevent it from becoming a hazard.

Insert the new bulb directly into the socket and twist the bulb socket back into the assembly.

Test the new turn signal to make sure it works before replacing the engine coolant reserve tank and closing the hood.

Items you will need

  • 1157A replacement bulb

  • Flathead screwdriver

  • 992 (7440A) replacement bulb (2007 and later models)

  • 7443 replacement bulb (2002-2006 models)

 How to Replace the Front Signal Lights in a Honda Prelude

Turn the engine off, remove the keys from the ignition and switch the headlights off.

Locate the turn signal assembly mounting screw inside the lower part of the grille. Remove the screw using a Phillips screwdriver.

Draw the assembly away from the bumper. Be careful not to scratch your Prelude's exterior paint.

Turn the bulb socket counterclockwise and remove it from the assembly.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and dispose of it immediately.

Hold the new bulb by its plastic base and install it in the socket. Twist the socket back into the turn signal assembly.

Slide the assembly into the bumper, and then turn on the engine. Test the new bulb to make sure it works before screwing the assembly into position.

Items you will need

  • 7440 replacement bulb

  • Phillips screwdriver

 How to Replace the Front Signal Lights in a Hyundai Sonata

Shut off your Sonata's engine and turn the headlamp switch to "OFF." Open the hood using the primary and auxiliary hood release latches.

Detach the headlamp assembly mounting bolts using a socket wrench. Place the bolts in your pocket or a small bag for safekeeping.

Disconnect the electrical wiring from the back of the headlamp assembly. Set the wires to the side on a cool surface.

Remove the plastic bulb cover by turning it counterclockwise.

Twist the old bulb counterclockwise and pull it away from the bulb socket. Dispose of it immediately to prevent it from becoming a hazard.

Screw the new bulb into place and replace the plastic bulb cover. Then, reconnect the wiring to the back of the headlamp assembly.

Test the new bulb to make sure it works before replacing the assembly bolts and closing the hood.

Items you will need

  • 1157 replacement bulb

  • Socket wrench

 How to Replace the Front Signal Lights in a Ford Focus

Open the engine's hood. You'll see two screws above the headlight cover that secures the cover onto the car. Remove those with the screwdriver and pull the cover off of the car just enough to give you room to work in without pulling the electrical wires out.

Locate the turn signal socket. It's the electrical connector at the outer side of the headlight cover/housing. Rotate the socket the turn signal bulb is in counter clockwise until you can remove it from the housing.

Take it out of the socket by holding it with one hand while you remove the bulb with the other. The newer Focus models have bulbs that pull right out. For an older model, there may be notches within the socket where you'll have to turn the bulb a certain way for it to come out easily.

Replace the bulb with bulb number 3157AK. Reinstall the electrical connector socket and reattach the headlight cover housing to the front of the car. Put the mounting screws back in place and close the hood.

 How to Replace the Front Signal Lights in a Ford Taurus

Check to make sure that the headlights and turn signals are switched to the off position. Lift the hood of the engine. Find the one bolt that is holding the entire headlight housing cover to the outside front of the car. The bolt will be just above the lights on the inside of the engine compartment. Remove the bolt with a wrench.

Locate the two retainer pins that are still holding the headlight cover in place. They are also above the cover near the back. Pry these up with your hands or a flat screwdriver and set them aside. Pull the headlight cover straight out, but not so far that you pull the electrical wires out.

Rotate the bulb electrical socket. It is the electrical connector that is nearest to the outside of the headlight housing cover. Turn it in a counter clockwise rotation until you can take it out easily.

Pull the turn signal bulb straight out of connector. Throw it away. Push in a new turn signal light bulb. Use bulb number 3457AK in amber for the Taurus. These can be found at any auto parts store.

Twist the socket clockwise back into the headlight housing assembly. Place the headlight cover back onto the car. Hold it there while you put the headlamp assembly snugly against the vehicle and install the retainer pins back in place. Reinsert the bolt and test the turn signal lights to make sure they work.

Items you will need

  • Turn signal light bulb number 3457AK

  • Wrench

 How to Replace the Front Signal Lights in a Mazda 6

Turn off the car's engine, activate the parking brake and take the keys out of the ignition before starting.

Loosen the hood using the release latch beneath the instrument panel. Then, pull the auxiliary release latch beneath the center of the hood to lift it open.

Find the turn signal bulb socket next to the back of the headlamp assembly. Turn the socket counterclockwise to remove it from its holder.

Press the broken bulb into the socket and turn it counterclockwise to remove it from the socket. Then, twist the new bulb into place.

Test the new bulb to make sure it works before closing the hood.

Items you will need

  • 2357A replacement bulb

 How to Replace the Front Signal Lights in a Saturn Ion

Ion Sedan

On the sedan, you'll need to pop that headlight assembly off the car to get to the turn signal bulbs. Pull up on the two retaining pins on top of the headlight assembly and remove the assembly from the car. On the back, rotate the outer dust cover counterclockwise to remove it. Then rotate the turn signal bulb socket counterclockwise and remove it. Pull the old bulb out of the socket and push the new bulb in. Insert the socket into the headlight assembly and rotate it clockwise to lock it. Put the dust cover on and rotate it clockwise to secure it to the back of the headlight assembly and set the assembly in place. Insert the retaining pins and you're all set.

Replacement Bulb

The replacement bulb for the front turn signals on your Ion is No. 5702KA-1 for both the coupe and the sedan.

 How to Replace the Front Signal Lights in a VW Beetle

Ensure the cooling fan at the front of the VW Beetle has shut off and open the primary and secondary hood latches by pulling the hood release handle under the dash.

Locate the orange square plastic piece directly behind the turn signal that needs replacing. Use a screwdriver to remove the orange cover.

Remove the Phillips head screw found behind the orange cover and unclip the plastic turn signal lens. Twist the bulb counter-clockwise one-half turn and pull the used bulb out of the assembly.

Cover the new 2357NA bulb with a tissue or paper towel, taking care not to touch the glass with fingers. Insert the connecting end into the assembly and turn it clockwise until secure.

Place the plastic lens cover in place and replace the screw that holds it. Snap the orange plastic cover back into the bumper and test the turn signal lights.

Items you will need

  • Standard 2357NA automotive light bulb

  • Screwdrivers

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