Ford F-150 owners have reported 35 problems related to headlights (under the exterior lighting category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Ford F-150 based on all problems reported for the F-150.
1995 Ford f150. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle headlights. The consumer stated the headlights of vehicles are so bright that they cause visibility issues. Updated 11/07/2017.
Any modern vehicle with a "virtual gauge cluster" (ie no actual gauges w/ backlight) automatically has the gauge cluster lit up. This poses fatal consequences at night when the driver doesn't realize that their headlights aren't on, because their gauge cluster is already pre-illuminated. I have nearly been run over three times by other cars driving without their headlights on, but with a bright virtual gauge cluster. Vehicle manufacturers need to find a way to use ambient-light-sensors to turn the gauge cluster lighting off in low light situations, so that it prompts the driver to turn the headlights on in order to be able to read the gauges. . . . And not hit any pedestrians, bicyclists, or other vehicles.
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(bp missing dealer) tl the contact owns a 2001 Ford F-150. While driving approximately 70 mph, the low beam headlights went out and then illuminated again after a few seconds. There were no warning indicators illuminated. The contact stated that the same failure occurred twice previously. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 90,000.
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I have noticed a feature on newer vehicles which I believe is a cause for concern. The feature involves automatic illumination of the dash lights which leads drivers to believe their headlights are on when, in fact, they may not be. I see an inordinately high percentage of vehicles driving without headlights illuminated at dusk and believe this feature could be the cause for at least some of these. Thank you, tim board.
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Moisture in headlights . Making it difficult to see at night.
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The clear coat paint is pealing off the front trucker around the headlight and front bumper.
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Front end collision into the rear of another truck. Whole front end damaged through radiator, hood, headlights, bumpers etc. Airbag never deployed and upon return of vehicle after repairs, I am now getting a code 42 that the sensor is bad and after research find out there is a recall on this but for the opposite reason but also now understand there are corrosion issues with the connection of the sensor also. Hope this helps. Please advise what to do, will Ford fix this whole problem and replace with a new sensor and the wire chaffing problem? thank you in advance!.
See all problems of the 2005 Ford F-150.
This vehicle is equipped with div headlights. When turned on they have a distinct vertical line that runs from your far left vision to your far right vision. Below this line it is very bright and above this line it is total darkness. The line runs directly across the center of your vision. This line is constantly bouncing up and down with bumps and imperfections in the road. Extremely difficult to see. When driving through mountains, hills and low lines your vision is 100% blocked above the line. When the vehicle is driving down a grade you loose all vision to the upcoming grade. I have reported this to the Ford motor CO. Customer relations department. I was informed that these div lights were approved by the federal government and that is the way of the future. Please, have someone drive one of these trucks at night in the hills. Thank you.
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To begin with I had to have all 4 windows repaired. The mechanism that raises and lowers the windows broke. Since this was bought as a used vehicle, there was no warranty. So I pd. $150. To $175. 00 each. Was told Ford knew of this problem but since it wasn't a "safety factor" no recall was issued. I feel like this is quite unfair to the consumer. We purchase a vehicle that has a good reputation and then are told that this expense is our baby to take care of. I feel like this was very unfair to this consumer. I have purchased Fords for years with no complaints until now. Also, the headlights developed a leak and filled with water thus shorting out my right headlight,and is slowly doing the same to the left one. I have been told that just the burned out bulbs cannot be replaced,that the whole assembly had to be replaced and this is at a cost of approx. $175 to $200. Per assembly. This is outrageous. Also,there is a problem with what used to be "points & plugs" which are now a "coil" assembly. This problem developed approx. 6 months ago. According to the readouts I have gotten, the #1 plug is misfiring approx. Every ,1000 revolutions which causes a miss in the engine and was very alarming to me since I was on the highway about 200-250 miles from home, traveling by myself. So, another expense is looming. I realize there are expenses to owning a vehicle. I do not expect to not have any problems or repairs with my vehicle,but I did not anticipate this many. Nor did I expect the cost of the repair parts alone to be so outrageous. I am on a fixed income and had I anticipated these problems I wouldn't​ have made this purchase. I truly love my truck, but is there anyway these other repairs can be done for a lesser amt? I've already pd. To replace motor &rotors in all 4 windows. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Martha greenwell.
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The contact owns a 1997 Ford F-150. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, a burning odor was emitted into the vehicle as the driver's side headlight started to flicker. The contact mentioned that after inspecting the vehicle he noticed that the bulb had overheated and melted the bulb holder. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure and current mileage was 118,000.
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This complaint is about "all cars" that come equipped with these new style bright white / blue headlight bulbs. And the entire secondary market where people can purchase these light bulbs to replace their existing headlight bulbs. The problem is the at night they are do damn bright, I can't tell if they are on low or high beams, I'm constantly flashing my high beams to these cars. This past week one was so bright that I couldn't see and almost drove off the road. . . . . They should be taken "off them market", or at least limit the brightness or have a standard brightness (a maximum that has been tested on real people at night). They have caused or triggered me to have an ocular migraine in my left eye, which makes it difficult to see at night, some people when they have ocular migraines triggered from bright lights have the migraine in the middle of they eye and can not see anything. I'm telling you someone is going to die because of this issue, if they haven't already. If it has happened already, no one probably knows why the accident happened, because no one is asking the question about these dangerous headlamps. Please look into this for me and the general public. Age is of concern as well, the older you get your eyes become more sensitive to these bright white and blue lights, in my mind they are very dangerous.
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I bought a preowned 2009 Ford F-150 in November 2011 with 49000 miles on the odometer. I had always complained the the instrument gauges were difficult to see. I finally investigated and realized that the instrument panel is not illuminated under daylight conditions. It is only illuminated when the parking lights or headlights are on. The only way to get illumination during daylight is to cover the light sensor thus simulating darkness. This,however, only illuminates the gauges at the lower setting for nighttime driving. The dimmer knob/wheel is operational but does not increase illumination to the level expected for daylight driving. There are at least two other complaints on this website regarding this issue and there are several other like complaints on other websites. The dealer tech was helpful, but upon checking with Ford, was told the vehicle was designed that way. I find that to be ludicrous. For instance, today, on a sunny morning, when driving toward the east at 10:00 am it was impossible to read the gauges! how can this not be a safety issue?.
The contact owns a 2013 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the headlights bounced while driving. As a result, the drivers view of the road became obstructed. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 2,000.
The contact owns a 2001 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the amber lights were completely defective. The dealer and manufacturer advised the contact of NHTSA campaign id number: 06e023000 (exterior lighting:headlights) but the contacts VIN was not included in the recall. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was unavailable and the current mileage was 193,000.
The contact owns a 2009 Ford f150. While the vehicle was parked the contact noticed that the passengers side front headlight was not working. The failure occurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technicians were unable to duplicate or diagnose the failure. The technicians replaced the Smart junction box. The contact stated that the Smart box needed to be reprogrammed because it did not contain all of the features that were included prior to the repair. The dealer was contacted and referred the contact to the manufacturer. The contact was unable to reach the manufacturer. The approximate failure was 20,000. Updated 3/25/11 updated 04/28/11.
Hid lights - they just blind a person either head on or if someone is following you. It is crazy you want to grab a welding helmet to see. Sure they allow the owner with hid lights to see farther but at whose expense? I can't see around anything with that coming at me. Also, this almost applies to those suvs and trucks that have to have 4 headlights as big as pie pans facing you down. Two halogen headlights are enough for any vehicle. How about some common sense in lighting?.
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The blue headlights are problem for oncoming vehicles and should be outlawed as well as the little lights that are mounted below the headlights that come on when the headlights are on dim,on the SUV's they are the worst,the one's that are on the Ford pickups and some of the chevy. Pickups are as big as the headlight and are in some cases brighter then the dim headlights and they blind oncoming vehicles and they too should be outlawed.
Headlights have lost a considerable amount of their intensity due to the yellowing effect of the plastic lens covers.
Was traveling back from declo idaho from my fathers passing away ,headed for boise idaho at 11:00 pm, just passed jerome about two miles west the headlights and all other lights, interior and exterior went out at 75 mph on the freeway , in the vehicle I had my son 8 years old , my wife 40 years old , my mother 65 years old, and myself 44 years old we could have been killed by a merging or passing semi, but I quickly switched the headlight switch from auto to headlamp and the lights came back on, so I switched back to auto and we traveled 8 miles and the lights went out again , so ,I repeated the same thing again by turning the switch back to headlamp, and the lights once again came back on. Then, I switched it back to auto again and they stayed on for about 8 to 10 miles and went out again . I switched them back and left the switch on headlamp and continued our trip home from declo no more problems with switch on headlamp mod. Also, I had fog lamps on this entire time which entailed pulling the headlight switch out to engage the fog lamps. Then a while later like a week I went to work at the airport at night graves . I got to work shut down the vehicle and put the keys on the floor as per pad to open vehicle, locked vehicle by pad and entered the building, about an hour or so later received a call from horizon employee that there was a vehicle with its lights on in the parking lot which was my vehicle. I returned to the vehicle and turned the headlamp switch from auto to headlamp and the lights went out when I locked the vehicle this time , and the same scenario happened a couple more times . I returned with the vehicle to lithia Ford of boise, and they held the vehicle over night and could not duplicate the problem , they have done this a couple times ,and damaged the dashboard.
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All Ford light trucks, suvs, and cars manufactured since 1987 all the way until 2006 need to have the headlights adjusted. I have been driving for 24 years and I have seen these vehicles switch from high to low beams and the lights are still too bright. This is dangerous because it blinds incoming traffic drivers. This is also true when Ford products are driven behind other vehicle. This is far too dangerous and the problem needs to be investigated.
Design flaw of headligts on 2006 Ford pickup trucks and 2006 Dodge pickup trucks--too much stray light blinding on-coming traffic.
Both headlights of the consumer's 1998 Ford f150 have discolored to the point that it's no longer safe to operate the vehicle at night. The consumer also experienced this same problem with his 1996 Ford crown victoria. The dealer had no suggestions as to how to correct the problem.
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While driving for 15 minutes headlights began flashing for 5 minutes.
See all problems of the 2000 Ford F-150.
Headlights can go off when using right directional indicator, or by turning on intermittent wipers.
When driving at night and without warning headlights shut off, causing driver to pull off the street.
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