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Maybe it's just me or there's some trick that I don't know, but removing a headlight from an 08 Sedan, per the owners manual instructions, is simply a lesson in frustration. And you have to completely remove the headlight to get to the bulbs. I now get the grille out of the way, a 5 minute job, and save myself a lot of grief.

To remove the grille, remove the four (4) plastic expansion plugs (blue circles). After removing the plugs pull up to release the alignment tabs (red circles).



While holding the top of the grille up look inside at the bottom, you will find one more expansion plug (blue circle) on each side, remove those. There is also a catch on the grille that hooks onto the bumper (red circle) on each side. Push in on the grill, push down on the bumper close to the grille catch and release the grille. If you did it right the catch should be released. You might have to try a couple times to get the hang of it. Also note the four alignment slots for re-installation, two on each side (yellow circles).



That's it, once those catches are released the grille should slid right out.

Now you can remove all three bolts from the headlight (blue circles), pull it clear of the fender and up to release that enormous tab on the bottom of it. And you can do it all without swearing or a cutting torch!



All I know is that if I'm doing anything with a headlight, my grille comes off first!

To put the grille back in, start from the bottom and slide it into those four alignment slots, replace the lower expansion plugs, push the top in and get the two top alignment tabs in place then replace the four top expansion plugs. Your done. That is assuming you remembered to re-install the headlight first. Which according to the owners manual can be done with the grille in place, but hey - good luck with that.
 
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Man you have good eyes. How did you see my grille work in those pics? If you're curious there's a pic of it in my gallery.

You know I didn't plan to paint it, but you are the second person to ask that question so I guess I'm going to look at doing that. Would you suggest painting just the center section or all of it?
 

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Why did you have to replace the headlights on a new car? I got a 08 and if those lights burn out so fast I would like to know about it!
 

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Nope, no problems with the stock bulbs. I just replaced them with some that are supposedly brighter.

When you do get around to having to replace one though I highly recommend removing the grille first. Yeah, it seems like overkill, but it's just so much easier to get the headlight out. Personally, I'll never go after a headlight again without removing the grille first.

Hey, would you like brighter fog lights? I know this trick works. Replace the bulbs with H9's, they are 2200 lumens brighter than stock. You just need to shave off one tab on the inside of the H9 and it fits right in. I'm using them and they are turned on a lot, no problems from extra heat or anything else.
 

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Man you have good eyes. How did you see my grille work in those pics? If you're curious there's a pic of it in my gallery.

You know I didn't plan to paint it, but you are the second person to ask that question so I guess I'm going to look at doing that. Would you suggest painting just the center section or all of it?
I would suggest painting the whole thing minus the mesh, possibly body color or black. But I am leaning to body color. It would look killer.
 

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i didn't have that 5th thing..

jsut the four top ones... and tilt the grille down and it popped out.
 

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I'm jealous, that's even easier than the Sedan!
 

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i dont know why it would be different.. it pops out and in.. lol
maybe it was a manufacturing change somehwere down the line?

on a different note... i'm mad ford made their pegs offset.. i removed the emblem only to find out it won't fit upside down.

oh well.. at least i learned how to take off the grille..

but yeah.. without the grille it would DEFINITELY make the headlights easier to remove


+1 for painting your grille body color... i'm torn between body color and satin black...
 

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I'm thinking about it (grille paint). I've got good spray equipment, just need the paint and clear-coat. Maybe I'll check out the junk yards for a nicely re-ended 08' and play.

Yeah, taking the grille off and on is a snap. I guess the sedan's is locked in a little more than the coupe but it's still easy to get out of the way. I couldn't believe the fight I had the first time I tried to get a freek'n headlight out. Now way I'll ever do that again without taken the grille off first.
 

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i see my Edge's rims in your background.. hmmm.. theif. haha.

good taste !
 

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Man you guys see everything in these pics. Yep, that's an 07' Edge hiding in the background. Have yet to play with any mods on it. Having too much fun playing with the Focus for that (yet).
 

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Thanks for the instructions. I'm stuck on the catch release part of removing the grill. Do you have any additional advice for that part?
 

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Yeah, try pushing down on the bumper directly in front of the catch as close as you can get to the grille while you are pulling the catch up on the inside. It helps to push in on the grille a little while you are pushing down. Mine comes off really easy now, but that could be because I've had it off 1,347 times. If worst comes to worst, stick a screwdriver under the side of the catch inside and pry it up a little.

Good luck,
Brad
 

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Success! Oh man, it's tough for the first time, or maybe it's just my car, but FINALLY with help from FF forum (special thanks Bradwhite) and an extra helping hand from my brother, we managed! We installed Nokya Cosmic white bulbs and have some pictures to post up later, I'm tired haha. =)
 

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Good to hear, yep it can be a bit#$ the first couple of times. But once you figure out the push down, push in, pull up [:)] routine it's a snap.
 

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Thank you for this information I just ordered my grill today can't wait for it to get here and install it. Your car is amazing!!!!
 

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Thank you and I'm glad this information has been helpful.

Brad
 

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Man, I finally took the time to check every single one of your How To's and this is gold for us 08/09 owners! I'm putting in an HID kit in the next couple of weeks and this information is awesome!
Thanks again Brad!
 
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