How to Replace a Ford Escape Front Blinker

by Jody L. Campbell

The blinker in a Ford Escape is commonly known as a directional bulb or a turn signal bulb. Replacing a front one when it burns out is a seemingly tedious task that only someone with miniature hands and fingers could accomplish successfully in the allotted amount of room to work in. But the bulbs can be replaced by disassembling some components and you can save some time and money by doing the project yourself.

How to Replace a Ford Escape Front Blinker

Turn the steering wheel of the Ford Escape all the way to the right if you're replacing the left front blinker (turn signal) bulb or all the way to the left if it is the front right bulb. Turn off the ignition and be sure the light switch is in the off position.

Open the hood.

Locate then remove the two bumper assembly bolts at the top of the headlight assembly using the nut driver.

Remove the three wheel well splash skirt retaining clips using the two screwdrivers. Turn the Phillips head plastic screw in the center counterclockwise ¼ turn to release it. Then pop the entire retaining clip out of the skirt using the flathead screwdriver.

Push the bumper assembly forward slightly to locate and remove the remaining bolts holding the bottom of the headlight assembly from the wheel well area using the nut driver.

Extract the headlight assembly from the front enough to access the turn signal light socket.

Turn the socket counterclockwise ¼ turn to remove the socket from the headlight assembly.

Pull the spent bulb out of the socket and insert the new bulb. Turn the lights on and test the blinker bulb to make sure it's working before putting everything back together.

Reverse the procedure to reinstall the turn signal socket, headlight assembly and wheel well splash skirt.

Items you will need

About the Author

Jody L. Campbell spent over 15 years as both a manager and an under-car specialist in the automotive repair industry. Prior to that, he managed two different restaurants for over 15 years. Campbell began his professional writing career in 2004 with the publication of his first book.