Ford E-150 Econoline Headlight Switch
Four Signs that Point to a Bad Ford E-150 Econoline Headlight Switch
The headlight switch of a Ford E-150 Econoline is designed to give you total control of the van's headlamps. However, instead of making things easier for you when you drive the vehicle at night, the same device is known to be the reason behind various kinds of lighting problems. Most of the issues can be caused by a switch with corroded internal parts and loose contacts. If left unattended, this eventually fails to the headlights on and off. Here are four signs to look for that can help you know if the ones on your E-150 have gone bad:
Headlights are completely dead.
The switch is responsible for bringing power to the headlights. Lights that don't come to life, despite having fresh lights and a solid electrical system, are a clear sign that something's already wrong. Both regular and high-beam settings shouldn't work if you have a blown switch. There's no second guessing if this is the case despite turning the knob to the "on" position. Never drive with dead headlamps if you want to avoid accidents.
Headlights turn on only on one setting and/or side.
When you turn on and adjust the headlights, you should be able to control the intensity coming out of both lamps. Both high-beam and low-beam settings should be available for you to choose. If only one type of option can be done, it's safe to say you have a bad switch on the E-150. Also, being able to turn the lights on and off from one side is a problem indicator.
Other lights die when headlights are on.
Dead parking, signal, dash, and other lights are another sign of a bad switch. The power that goes to the headlights when you turn the switch on shouldn't kill other components in the electrical system-especially those that are near or part of the headlight assembly.
Fuses are blown when headlights are on.
This problem is a little tricky because the lights work fine at first. Give it some time and they eventually die with no apparent reason why these did. Check the fuses assigned to the headlights and see if these are blown, burnt, and melted. A bad switch is to blame why this happens.