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Some time ago, my low beams just quit working. The bulbs are fine, (dual fillament, by the way) and the high beams still work. I checked the fuses and the relay for the low beams and all are still in tact. I notice, however that if I leave my high beams on for a while and then flick them off, the low beams work for just a little while. I don't know what to do. I'm mechanically challenged and dirt poor. I'd like to be able to fix the issue myself, if I could just get a little help. thanks in advance!
 

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If your fuses, relays and bulbs are sound, it's likely your steering column control switch - the "pull towards you to flash your hi-beams", etc. one
 

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Stupid trick but works try spraying WD 40 into the switch and work it a few times. My wifes car had the rear lights go out and I sprayed in the emergency flasher switch and it worked fine.The high beam posistion is rarely used also like the emergency flasher switch.Might just work
 
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Thank you so much. I'll try the relay thing first since i know where those are. How do I get to the switch though? Do I have to remove the steering wheel?
 

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No. If the relay swap doesn't resolve the low beam problem, remove the plastic upper steering column shroud by depressing a couple of tabs with a small flathead screwdriver, one on each side of the shroud. Once removed, it'll expose the switchgear and wiring.
 

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thank you so much for the feedback. tried switching the relays and it didn't work, so I'll take a look at the switch in the morning. crossing my fingers that I can fix the problem myself...really should have taken auto shop in high school...
 

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Wow. I just had the same problem while driving home. Low beams out; high beams fine. I'd like to check the relay, but I'm not sure where it is. Can't see it in the Owner's Manual diagram of the fuse compartment.
 

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Wow. I just had the same problem while driving home. Low beams out; high beams fine. I'd like to check the relay, but I'm not sure where it is. Can't see it in the Owner's Manual diagram of the fuse compartment.
It's in there, maybe you're not looking at the right page. It is in the fuse/relay box under the hood. My guess is that it's the switch.

I'll go see if we have a how-to on it. (we don't)

Replacing those switches is usually fairly easy. I've not done it on this car, but you usually remove the cover around the steering column- screws underneath. Then the switch screws in to the column, unscrew it, and remove the electrical connector if it doesn't screw down into a socket.
 

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Low Beams-Ford Escort

In most cars there is also a thermal cut out- not sure if this model has it. Also, be careful about this WD40 fix- it's a desecant and a lube; not a contact cleaner.
 

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I have the same problem with my ford focus 2005 zx4. My left light had an open low beam. The right was shorted out. Both head lights were replaced. I checked my fuses 17, 16 doesn't seem to exist in my car. 17 was good. I removed the high and low beam relays. Then jumped the normally open pin (pin 5) directly to the positive battery terminal. The High beam worked the low beam didn't. So now I don't think it is the relay, indicator switch, head light switch or the wiring between them. The next step is to remove the battery junction box and test the wires going from the box to head lights.
 

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OK. I now know I have an open between pin 5 of low beam relay and fuses 16 and 17. How to check. Remove low beam relay. Check continuity between pin 5 and fuses. (for me this was open). if good. remove fuses check continuity between head light socket and fuses. if this is good your problem is some where between your relay and head light switch. Man this keeps getting better and better. Checked the voltage on pin 3 of low beam relay. 0 volts. Checked the voltage on pin 3 of high beams 12 volts. I forget now which pin 1 or 2 the command to turn on relay. High beams 12 volts. Low beams you guest it 0 volts. I'm finding it hard to believe I've got that many opens on my relay. Is there an easy way to get to the underside of the Battery Junction Box?
 

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The upper and lower halves of the BJB are held together with integral clips that you have to hold the release tabs out as you separate them. There is also one screw that holds the upper half to the body:



Once you get them apart there is not much working room and getting the relay wires/contacts out of their housings is very difficult.

Do you have a copy of the Ford schematic? - I can post if you dont.

Good luck
Paul
 

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The upper and lower halves of the BJB are held together with integral clips that you have to hold the release tabs out as you separate them. There is also one screw that holds the upper half to the body:



Once you get them apart there is not much working room and getting the relay wires/contacts out of their housings is very difficult.

Do you have a copy of the Ford schematic? - I can post if you dont.

Good luck
Paul
Do you have a Ford Schematic for a 2000 Ford SE
 

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^^^ not a stupid trick , works a lot of the time. Also switch the high and low beam relays, they are the same...
Thank you sir or ma'am, this trick worked for me to get the low beams working again, the high beams also also doing work. What does that mean for me? Is there a relay I need to buy?
 

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I will give it a try I can't find the daytime running lights module on my 2000 Ford Focus I also thought I would try that it worked on my 97 Jeep LOL Thanks
 

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Had the same issue...checked fuses, relays, and changed the dimmer switch...still no low beams. I had recently changed one of the bulbs (maybe 3-4 months ago) and thought it couldn't possibly be the issue. They both looked perfectly fine.

I can't explain why, but I switched out the older of the 2 lights and now I have low beams one the one side.
Somewhere along fixing the one headlamp I must've touched the glass on the bulb. Now 4 months later both bulbs decided to burn out.
 
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