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Headlights Problems of Ford F-150



Ford F-150 owners have reported 26 problems related to headlights (under the exterior lighting category).

car image   Headlights problem of the 2014 Ford F-150 1
Failure Date: 07/02/2014

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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car image   Headlights problem of the 1997 Ford F-150 2
Failure Date: 02/16/2014

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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car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Ford F-150 3
Failure Date: 02/01/2014

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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car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Ford F-150 4
Failure Date: 06/14/2013

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?.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2001 Ford F-150 5
Failure Date: 01/23/2011

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.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 Ford F-150 6
Failure Date: 07/15/2010

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.


car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 Ford F-150 7
Failure Date: 02/11/2010

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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car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 Ford F-150 8
Failure Date: 02/11/2010

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.

car image   Headlights problem of the 1997 Ford F-150 9
Failure Date: 01/07/2010

Headlights have lost a considerable amount of their intensity due to the yellowing effect of the plastic lens covers.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Ford F-150 10
Failure Date: 03/24/2007

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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car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Ford F-150 11
Failure Date: 12/26/2006

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.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2006 Ford F-150 12
Failure Date: 11/29/2005

Design flaw of headligts on 2006 Ford pickup trucks and 2006 Dodge pickup trucks--too much stray light blinding on-coming traffic.

car image   Headlights problem of the 1998 Ford F-150 13
Failure Date: 02/01/2005

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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car image   Headlights problem of the 2000 Ford F-150 14
Failure Date: 04/17/2004

While driving for 15 minutes headlights began flashing for 5 minutes.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 1998 Ford F-150 15
Failure Date: 10/27/2003

Headlights can go off when using right directional indicator, or by turning on intermittent wipers.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2001 Ford F-150 16
Failure Date: 09/12/2003

When driving at night and without warning headlights shut off, causing driver to pull off the street.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2001 Ford F-150 17
Failure Date: 12/10/2002

Take a look a my vehicle history, I baby my truck - never used off-road. I have replaced several items that I feel should have been fixed by Ford. I had to buy a warranty that cover most of the stuff. Some parts with defects that were replaced. Most replaced at 40,000-80,000 miles 1. ) transmission completely replaced 2. ) rearend replaced 3. ) I'm on my third set of all 4 ball joints 4. ) tie rods, tie rod ends (replaced twice now) 5. ) coil 6. ) headlight housing (3-4 times) 7. ) brakes, numerous things worked on and replaced dealership was never able to stop the thumping noise that is still there, said it was normal (not) 8. ) idler arm (replaced twice) 9. ) sunroof switch replaced twice, reported loud bang when opening. A&b kia said it was normal - no, now it is completely broke and will barely open and have to force closed. 10. ) sideview mirrors vibrated 11. ) abs sensor replaced 12. ) keyless entry replaced 13. ) steering bearings replaced 14. ) back bumper is rusting these are just some of the things I can remember right off hand. I've got all receipts. I take care of this truck - wash and wax once a week by hand (unless really bad weather) then I just take it to the car wash automatic or actual people washing. Keep inside just as nice. If you want to check out a vehicle for safety/recall information you should start with mine.

car image   Headlights problem of the 1997 Ford F-150 18
Failure Date: 05/10/2002

Headlights worked poorly confuse the oncoming drivers, and scares the hell out of the driver of the mentioned vehicle. Outside mirrors------outside mirrors ( right and left side) fail to operate with the adjusting switch located in the interior driver side arm rest. Mirrors fail to adjust. This is a problem when different drivers use this vehicle.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2002 Ford F-150 19
Failure Date: 02/14/2002

While driving in the dark, darshboard lights and headlights will turn off at the same time without a prior warning for about thirty seconds. Dealer was contacted, but they could not find what was causing the problem.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2001 Ford F-150 20
Failure Date: 11/11/2001

The fog lights are all cracking, due to design. They are full of water and may short out my head lights . Dt.

car image   Headlights problem of the 1997 Ford F-150 21
Failure Date: 09/10/2000

Mutifunction switch cut headlamps off while driving at night at appoximately 45 mph. No prior warning, no flickering just instantanious darkness. Side marker lights and taillight s continued to operate. Was in a well light area or this could have been serious if at higher speed on an unlighted road. The squeal on the pitman arm is a nuisance. Note when I took to dealership to be repaired, dealer service department denied any widespread problem e with either component - what a joke I now find both items appear on your website. There should be some accountability or penalty for the dealer for not being honest about the problems with these components.

car image   Headlights problem of the 1997 Ford F-150 22
Failure Date: 10/01/1999

I have experienced the 3 defects listed. . . . . First, the powertrain, when four-wheel drive is engaged at a stop and an engagement time of at least 30sec. To 1min. Is given, when I release my brake to proceed the powertrain makes a loud thump, this happens about 75% of the time. . . . Second the washer sprayers on the hood do not spray the windsheild. One sprays way off and the other sprays nothing. And third the high beam low beam switch is defected. When engaged in high beam and driving a short accures and the lights will flicker from high to low and completely off with no head lights at all. . . . . . If you have any questions about any of these defects please contact shane e. Mass at my home number ((712)-322-5233) . . . . Thank you.

car image   Headlights problem of the 1998 Ford F-150 23
Failure Date: 12/07/1998

Left side low beam lights are too low and not aligned properly. Yh.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2000 Ford F-150 24

While driving headlights malfunctioned and completely stopped working. There was no warning, and cause was unknown. Please provide any further informaton.

car image   Headlights problem of the 1999 Ford F-150 25

The govt should out law high intensity discharge (hid) headlights on any vehicle new or use. . They are to bright.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 1996 Ford F-150 26

Headlights are not bright enough.

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