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How to replace the headlamp bulbs in a 2000-2005 Mercury Sable

To replace headlight bulb:

  1. Make sure headlight switch is turned OFF.
  2. Remove the bolt at the end of the headlamp housing.
  3. Pull the two black tabs with the L shaped bracket toward the back and then up and pull out(Located at the back of the headlamp) to release the headlamp assembly from the vehicle and pull headlamp assembly forward.
  4. Disconnect the electrical connector from the bulb by pulling it.
  5. Remove the bulb socket retaining ring by rotating it counterclockwise.
  6. Remove the bulb from the lamp assembly by pulling straight back.

    Do not twist, as there are alignment slots built into the lamp assembly socket.

    It may take some effort to remove the lamp because it has a rubber o-ring type seal - try a bit of wiggling side-to-side

  7. Insert new bulb into headlight assembly - don't touch the glass - use gloves, paper towel, or similar

    Make sure that the flat surface of the bulb socket is facing upward, and is firmly seated

  8. Re-attach retainer ring by rotating clockwise
  9. Reconnect the electrical harness
  10. Re-install headlight assembly - hold snugly into place until the brackets line up and retainer pins can be pushed down

Replacing front parking lamp/turn signal/cornering lamp bulbs

  1. Remove headlight / lens assembly per above steps
  2. Rotate the bulb socket of the offending bulb counterclockwise and remove from the lamp assembly.
  3. Carefully pull bulb straight out of the socket and push in the new bulb
  4. Install the bulb socket into the headlight assembly by rotating it clockwise
  5. Re-install headlight assembly - hold snugly into place until the brackets line up and retainer pins can be pushed down
  • Do not touch the glass of the new halogen bulb - the oils in the skin will shorten the life-span of the new bulb, or possibly cause the bulb to explode when first turned on

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

  • This procedure is well detailed, with illustrations, in the Owners Manual.

    See "Related Questions" below in case you can't find yours.


This sounds more like a headlamp switch assembly suggestion than one for the actual headlamp assembly. Mine is a 1997, and it calls for turning the assembly retaining ring counterclockwise (when viewed from the back of the assembly), unplugging the wire by gently lifting the latch while pulling, and then removing the bulb.

The procedure for changing the headlamp and turn signal bulb on a 2000 Sable Wagon is to remove the headlamp assembly by first removing the small hex screw that holds the assembly to the body and then remove the two clips that look like half moons and push down through the body to engage the headlamp assembly. Simply pry both of these straight out and remove the entire assembly. Undo the electrical connections and twist off the retainer for either the headlight or turn signal bulb. Reverse the procedure for reassembly.

This procedure is detailed and illustrated in the Owners Manual - See "Related Questions" below for more

changing the headlight bulbs easy as 123that's easy there are two pins you pull out, they are located on top of the lights at the back of them.(when you open your hood look straight down at the light the two black little pieces pull out) then there's a screw its an 8mm i think loosen it and the light well pull out. then just twist the harness and there's the light
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