I bought some Silverstar headlights today but when I opened the hood, I don't
see any real way to get to the old headlamps. The Haynes manual shows something
that looks like my old '89 Taurus but bears no resemblance to what I see. At
the least, it looks like the battery needs to come out. The other side is no
Is this doable without a major disassembly or should I just let the dealer do
I don't know why, but this is the only reply I saw to my original query. As it
turned out, I took the car down to the dealer and was glad I did. They ended up
removing the entire headlight assembly from the car to access the lamps. Better
them than me. It cost me $13 that I consider to be well spent.
I didn't have any trouble replacing bulbs myself with my '89 Taurus but the 2000
has been "improved" so it's not easy (not that there was an overabundance of
As for whether this whole exercise was a waste of time, I haven't driven the car
in the dark yet. Film at 11....
It's actually EASIER than many other cars. You don't have to squash
and cut your hands trying to feel your way into changing the bulb. You
just remove one bolt, pull up 2 straps, and the entire assembly comes
out. If needed, you can unplug the one connector that feeds both the
headlight and the turn-signal/marker lamp and carry the entire assembly
to someplace easier to work at.
To replace, you just reverse it. It's very easy. No aiming changes are
typically needed. I think you can only adjust up/down anyways. Any if
it's off the other way, then it's either not mounted properly, or there
is body damge.
On my previous 1995 Mercury Mystique, it was extremely difficult to
get at the bulbs. Worse, if you wanted to remove the assembly, you had
to remove the entire bumper first!
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One of these days I want to have my headlight lenses replaced on my '98
Sable so they'll be a pretty crystal clear for a few years before turning
into a scratchy, yellowish haze. I think it very negatively affects
visibility at night.
As far as the haze is concerned, try buffing it with toothpaste. That
works pretty well on most plastics and washes off pretty easily.
Now for my real question... Is there anyway to aim headlights on a 2000
Ford Taurus? My headlights are just a little bit high.
I agree the brights are useless. Unfortunately many posts here are
probably as useless. Let me know what you learn... I'll investigate the
: As far as the haze is concerned, try buffing it with toothpaste. That
: works pretty well on most plastics and washes off pretty easily.
: Now for my real question... Is there anyway to aim headlights on a 2000
: Ford Taurus? My headlights are just a little bit high.
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