Ford Escape Headlight Assembly
Troubleshooting Tips for your Ford Escape Headlight Assembly
Your Ford Escape's headlight assembly is one of the most essential car components that you need to maintain to ensure driving safety. But through time, some of its parts would eventually succumb to wear and tear: bulbs would get busted, fuses would become blown, and lenses would get broken. So if your compact crossover is already five years old and above, might as well inspect what's behind all the headlight problems you've been encountering. Here are some troubleshooting tips that might help you out:
Headlights won't work
If all of a sudden your headlights fail you, this could be caused by a problem in the headlight relay, a blown fuse, or a defective switch. This indicates that there is no voltage coming into the headlight assembly, which hinders it from working properly. Check the main fuse of the headlight circuit for any signs of premature wear. If the fuses are okay, chances are, a bad switch is causing the headlights to fail. Replacing the switch is a bit difficult compared to changing the bulb, but we recommend that you replace it immediately to avoid further problems.
Only one headlight works
If your Ford Escape headlight assembly is equipped with an incandescent headlamp, it only has a service life of 600 to 2000 hours of use. After that duration, expect that at some point, one headlight would start to dim or completely stop working. A burnt out bulb could cause this, or a corroded electrical wiring at the back of the headlight. A bulb burns out when its filament becomes worn-out. This happens when the headlights are frequently used, especially when driving at night. Replacing the bulb is the only way out in this headlight problem.
Headlights are not illuminating the road properly
Common culprits of this scenario are dirty or fogged lenses, or headlights that are not properly aimed. Check the headlights if the lenses have moisture buildup on the insides, especially if you've recently driven to places with high temperature. A quick fix would be using a blower to remove the moisture and cleaning the lenses afterwards. If the problem persists even after you've cleaned the assembly, then probably, the headlights are not aimed properly. They could be too high, too low, or off-center. You can adjust the headlights using the adjustment screws located at the headlight housing.