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Old 06-13-2021, 04:47 AM   #1
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2014 E450 Highlights

Would have to get better to get to the "suck" level.

When we were coming back, I'd hit the highlights and lose visibility. Going to spend tomorrow evening trying to align them.

Any other ideas?

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Old 06-13-2021, 05:25 AM   #2
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I installed these this week, haven't tried them yet, BUT I know they will be brighter
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 06-13-2021, 12:47 PM   #3
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Old 06-13-2021, 01:03 PM   #4
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Careful with "brighter bulbs" as they often just make a harsh light that blinds oncoming traffic without improving light output and visibility. With a 2004 likely the outside lens is clouded and yellowed especially if the RV has been stored outside. You can try to recondition the outside lens but the quick and easy solutions won't last. Since most are plastic, replacement will give the best results. If OEM is too costly, there likely are aftermarket versions at a fraction of Ford costs. But worth checking a Ford online store for quotes.
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Old 06-13-2021, 11:04 PM   #5
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2015 and they are not yellowed. I polished them.

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Old 06-14-2021, 01:11 AM   #6
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I think weíve all been a bit spoiled by modern carís lights. Older vehicles and trucks that are not redesigned often often have pretty dreadful headlights. Whatís REALLY surprising is that we all used to be just fine with it. Maybe you can add auxiliary headlights. Good luck.
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Old 06-14-2021, 02:02 AM   #7
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I've been driving since the 70's. Never have I seen visibility diminish when using highlights.
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Old 06-14-2021, 02:13 AM   #8
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I've been driving since the 70's. Never have I seen visibility diminish when using highlights.


Reminds me of an old Jimmy Stewart movie....ĒThatís not a light....itís a DARKĒ
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Old 06-14-2021, 03:47 AM   #9
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Do you mean headlights? I'm really struggling with your highlights. If in fact headlights, then proper aiming would be your first, and best thing to do.
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Old 06-14-2021, 10:46 PM   #10
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Struggling?

The headlights are fine. They shine where they are supposed to. The hi(gh)lights are out of whack.

They shine out instead of up and out.
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Old 06-15-2021, 02:20 AM   #11
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Struggling?

The headlights are fine. They shine where they are supposed to. The hi(gh)lights are out of whack.

They shine out instead of up and out.
Starting to sound like your bulb/S aren't installed in the housing correctly.

The housing is held in with 3 bolts.
Look for 2 between the bumper and bottom of the headlight housing.
With the hood open 1 small bolt on top of the housing.

The bulb is keyed, only goes in 1 way, about a quarter turn counterclockwise and out it comes. Here's the problem, when installing if you don't seat the bulb correctly you'll end up with a condition like you seem to have.

Instructions are in your owner manual.
Don't touch the glass part of the bulb, if you do clean it with alcohol
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Old 06-15-2021, 10:31 PM   #12
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Thanks.


These bulbs are a bigger pain in the butt than and old Pontiac 6000 we had. With that one we had to take the grill our of to change the bulbs.
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Old 06-16-2021, 01:30 AM   #13
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These bulbs are a bigger pain in the butt than and old Pontiac 6000 we had. With that one we had to take the grill our of to change the bulbs.


My coach uses headlights from a Dodge Charger. Pretty interesting to discover that sort of parts bin engineering. Had a Volkswagen once where the owners manual said the bulbs are not owner serviceable. Always thought that was funny. Fortunately I didnít have it long enough to find out.
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Old 06-16-2021, 02:57 AM   #14
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Do you mean headlights? I'm really struggling with your highlights. If in fact headlights, then proper aiming would be your first, and best thing to do.


Me too, never heard of highlights other then the ones in my wifeís hair... lol... Wondering if he means high beams??
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Old 06-16-2021, 05:51 PM   #15
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Me too, never heard of highlights other then the ones in my wifeís hair... lol... Wondering if he means high beams??

Highlights, Hi beams, what ever you want to call it.
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