How to Diagnose Trouble with the Ford Focus Headlight Assembly-and What You Can Do About It
To say that headlights are important is an understatement, these help light the way through the dark nights or stormy days. What people do not immediately realize is that the headlight assembly on their Ford Focus is equally important. Though the role they play is far more passive, the assembly remains critical because it anchors the headlights in place, and also keeps the elements out off the critical electrical wiring. You tend not to notice the assembly because it is actually embedded behind your headlights-completely out of sight. Here are a few things to look-and even listen for-that might clue you in to a damaged headlight assembly:
If you start to notice that your headlights seem to be giving off a weaker light output, it could be very well be something to do with the headlights themselves or its electrical components. Just the same, you should probably check on the state of your headlight assembly too. Sometimes a broken assembly will apply physical pressure on the wires or-in worst cases-cause them to be severed. It's really worth a look considering the consequences of not having any lights to rely on when driving at night. At best, you get pulled over and ticketed. At worst, you could very well crash into something.
A good quick fix-if damage is not too severe-is to use putty or epoxy to bolster the damaged areas. Putty also helps reinforce cracked areas to prevent the cracks from growing.
Hearing a loud rattling noise as you drive coming from around the headlights is a very good sign that something has gone really wrong. The only reason there would be any rattling to begin with is because a part of the headlight assembly has fallen off. At this point, the structural integrity of the assembly is already severely compromised and should be replaced immediately. Again, the worst case scenario is to lose the use of your headlights completely-not something you want to happen if you have to drive around at night.