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2005-09 Mustang Headlight Installation Instructions

Replace those faded, dingy, cracked, or broken headlights on your 2005-09 Mustang with ease by following our step-by-step installation instructions!

Tools Required:


  • Common hand tools

05-09 Mustang Bumper Removal and Headlight Installation Instructiosn


Step 1:
Open your Mustang’s hood and have all tools ready.

Step 2:
Use the flat-blade screwdriver to remove the 6 plastic push pins that hold down the radiator cover to the car.



Step 3:
Remove the radiator cover and set aside.



Step 4:
Use the 10mm nut driver or socket to remove the two bolts on the outer edges of the S197 bumper.



Step 5:
Lift the tabs located between the headlight and grille assembly.



Step 6:
Turn the steering wheel to the right and remove the 3 Phillips head screws located on the left hand/drivers side of the Mustang splash shield. Remove the push pins from the splash shield as well at this time.



Step 7:
CAREFULLY pull the splash shield back and remove the three bolts that retain the bumper in place.



Step 8:
Repeat these steps for the passenger side of your S197 Mustang.



Step 9:
Pull down on the front bumper to release it from the vehicle.



Step 10:
Once free, CAREFULLY pull the bumper forward and remove all electrical connectors from the fog light and park lights.



Step 11:
Finally lift off and remove the front bumper from the car and set it aside. (Note) You may need a friend to help you out on the bumper removal, be careful with the bumper so you do not damage or scratch it.



Step 12:
Using a 10mm socket, remove the three bolts holding the headlight in place. Then remove the plastic pushpin in the top of the headlight.



Step 13:
Remove the light and unplug the bulb connector.



Step 14:
If you are installing new headlights and keeping the bulb, replace the old headlight with the new and bolt it back in.



Step 15:
Clea the LED ballast, resistor, and area to place the ballast and resistor with rubbing alcohol, and then use double sided tape to place it on.



Step 16:
Plug the connector from the LED ballast into your factory connector. Then align the three tabs on the bulb with the three tabs on the LED housing, and rotate clockwise until it locks into place.



Step 17:
Align the bulb connector with the ballast connector and tighten the retaining nut.



Step 18:
Slide the headlight back into place and tighten down the three bolts that hold it into place for driver and passenger sides.



Step 19:
Reconnect all of your lights, tighten down your bumper to the bracket, put your splash shield back in place, push your plastic push pin through the plastic splash shield and tighten the three Phillips head screws when reinstalling your bumper. Then push the bumper pillar over the tab and tighten the two bulbs.



Step 20:
Then re-install your radiator cover and six plastic pushpins.





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Mustang SVE Headlight / LED Bulb Kit Install (2005-09)

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Published on 2014-10-03
Watch as we show you how to replace your worn, faded, pitted out headlights with our SVE Headlight Kit. We also will show you how to upgrade your factory bulbs to one of our LED Bulb Kits.
Transcript
Hey everyone, Landan here. Today, I'm going to show you how to install a set of our SVE headlights and our LED light conversion kits into your 2005 to 2009 Mustang. Let's go ahead and jump over here to this '07 Mustang, and let me show you how simple this install is.

With your hood open, start by removing the six plastic pushpins from the radiator cover. Slide a flat-head screwdriver underneath the recessed edge and lift up. If that doesn't work, carefully remove the pushpin with needle-nose pliers. Once removed, lift up the radiator cover and set it aside.

Next, remove the two 10 millimeter bolts that hold the bumper pillar in place. Pull the pillar up and toward the front of the car to release the top of the bumper. Next, remove the three Phillips head screws that attach the splash shield to the bumper. Remove the pushpin from the splash shield.

Carefully pull the splash shield back and remove the two bolts that hold the bumper to the bottom bracket. Do the same for the other side.

Then, pull down on the bumper to free it from the bracket. Once free, carefully move the bumper back to remove the park light and fog light connections. Remove the bumper and set it aside.

Using a 10 millimeter socket, remove the three bolts that hold the headlight in place. One is located on the top and the two others are underneath. Also, remove the small plastic pushpin located near the top bolt. Remove the light and unplug the bulb connector. If you are installing new headlights and keeping your factory bulbs, install the new headlight and reinstall the bumper.

In this video, we are going to show you how to upgrade your factory bulbs to one of our LED light conversion kits. Start by cleaning the LED ballast with rubbing alcohol. We chose to use double sided tape for a more professional installation. Double sided tape is not included with our LED kits.

Clean the area on the car where you're going to place the ballast and resistors. Firmly press down on both to make sure the tape adheres well to the surface. Plug the connector from the LED ballast into your factory bulb connector.

Next, align the three tabs on the LED bulb to the three tabs in the bulb house. Rotate the bulb clockwise until it locks in place. Then, align the bulb connector with the ballast connector and tighten down the retaining nut. Slide the headlight back into place, tighten down the three bolts.

When reinstalling the bumper, be sure to reconnect all your lights, tighten down the bumper to the bracket, position the splash shield back into place, push your plastic pushpin through the splash shield, and tighten the three Phillips head screws. Push the bumper pillar over the tab and tighten the two bolts. Then reinstall your radiator cover and six plastic pushpins.

We were able to bring new life back to this 2007 Mustang by ditching those faded foggy headlights and installing a set of our SVE headlights and LED conversion kit. The install took me roughly 45 minutes to an hour, and it can be done in your driveway.

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