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Forgive me if this has been addressed - I tried searching, but couldn't find anything.

I bought a used 2006 Focus ZX4 ST a little while ago. I've noticed an issue with the high/low beams, and I'd like to know whether it is SOP, or something I need to have fixed.

When I have the low beams on, and pull back the lever to turn on the high beams, both sets of lights turn on initially, but as I release the lever, the low beams turn off, leaving only the high beams on.

By themselves, the high beams don't appear as bright as the low beams, and don't illuminate the road at all. Visibility of the road gets worse, rather than better. I don't recall having this issue with any other car, including my previous Ford Escort ZX2 - usually when you turn on the high beams, you get brighter light/better visibility.

Does anybody know anything about this? Thanks.
 

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When I have the low beams on, and pull back the lever to turn on the high beams, both sets of lights turn on initially, but as I release the lever, the low beams turn off, leaving only the high beams on.
That would be normal operation.

By themselves, the high beams don't appear as bright as the low beams, and don't illuminate the road at all. Visibility of the road gets worse, rather than better. I don't recall having this issue with any other car, including my previous Ford Escort ZX2 - usually when you turn on the high beams, you get brighter light/better visibility.
Sounds like an aiming problem to me. They may be set too high. The owner's manual gives a guide on how to check and adjust them.

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^^^ Covered well!

Sounds like you're lighting the trees, not the road with the high beams. Look for the "line" where the low beams hit something, should be below window level on other cars.

Aim at a white door garage is a quick aiming check, sharp edge of beams needs to be slightly lower than the headlights at the car.
 

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Yes to all that. The actual high beam light output is only like 5 more watts there, or the 55/60 watt bulb OKed by DOT. The actual aiming is what increases/decreases light there.
 
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