I removed the headlight assembly (both lights) in order to clean the covers ( the covers were heavily pitted due to winter driving etc.) I put them both back in again and noticed that the bubble in the level inside the assembly was outside the two red lines. The drivers side the bubble was forward and completely out of the red lines, the passenger was about halfway outside of the red lines forward as well. I called a ford dealer ship and was told the bubbles need to be between the red lines. They weren't able to tell me over the phone how to do the adjustment, so how do I do this? There do not appear to be any simple "up down"adjusment screws anywhere. I'm assuming it must be done on the back of the assembly but it doesn't look easy.
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remove the clips that hold the radiator support cover and remove the cover look down at the top of the light assembly and you will see two or three clips that hold it in just spread the clips or use a snap ring plier to get them out and remove all three and remove the headlight assembly the bulbs are held in by twist lock connectors push in and turn DO NOT TOUCH THE NEW HEAD LIGHT WITH YOUR HANDS THE OIL FROM YOUR SKIN FRIES ON THE GLASS AND BLOWS OUT THE BULB WASH YOUR HANDS FIRST THEN DRY THEM HOLD THE BULB IN PAPER TOWELS below are photos of your stuff the clips have little legs on them that fit into the black plastic adjusters shown in the center of the headlight I couldn't find a photo of the other side showing the legs but you'll see them when you look down at the back of the light the snap ring pliers fit into the holes on the tabs you see and then spread the clips for removal
You have to remove the front bumper cover. Put the car on jack stands (the front) and remove the inner fender plastic. You'll need a long extension and a 10mm socket to remove the nuts and bolts holding the bumper cover in place. Once the cover is off removal of the headlight becomes obvious.
These covers can be clarified ON the car. I recommend Blue Magic headlight lense restorer. It is a cream and applies just like polish, use cotton NO paper towels, or synthetics. You may have to apply more than once to completely remove the pitting as yours seem to be very bad, however do NOT try to do the whole lense at once, the trick is small circles on a small area at a time. Wipe with a COTTON towel/rag to remove the residue, then polish with a clean cotton towel to finish. There are other brands that do the same thing, which I have tried. These products are available at Autozone, Advanced Auto, O'Reillys, and Pep Boys, for about $10-$15. I hope I've answered your question. Do not remove the lenses from the headlight assembly as this will cause the need to replace the entire unit. Thank you for trusting FixYa to help get you going!
Lights not adjustable? Hmmm. Is this because the adjustment mechanism is seized or they just didn't want to do them? According to the manual they are adjustable. It is also possible the reflective quality of your headlamps has been compromised by moisture and time. Can you look behind the bulbs in your car and see where the mirror type surface has turned dark or peeling? Common in the lamp assembly's made in recent years. Installing a brighter bulb without a good reflective surface is a waste of money. Also common is the outer plastic surface getting pitted and yellow. There are kits available in auto supply shops that do a decent restoration on this problem.
You have to basically remove the bumper cover in order to do this. You will need a 10mm socket with a couple extensions and a phillips screwdriver. First remove the plastic shield inside the wheel well using the phillips screwdriver. There
are 3 10mm bolts that have to be removed the attach the bumper cover to
the fender. The first one is just inside the newly uncovered hole. For
the other 2 you will need the extensions. They are located all the way
back in the hole beside the headlight assembly. If you look in with a
flashlight You will see 3 bolts down in there. One of them will have a
1/2 inch spacer on it. Do not worry about this bolt, it holds the
header panel on. The other 2 bolts are the ones you need to remove.
Once this is done, if you need to remove the bolts under the hood that
hold the bumper cover on the header panel. You should now have adequate
movement to move the bumper cover out of the way of the 3 10mm bolts on
the headlight assembly that were blocked.
the back-up lights would probably be a bad reverse switch at that point. I'm not sure what could be causing the plate lights if its not fuses or bulbs and all the others are working. I would highly recommend checking your bulbs one more time and look to see if the filaments are smooth or pitted. if they are pitted but otherwise appear to be ok they are in fact burnt out. I have even seen bulbs n that condition ohm out ok but still not work.
You have to basically remove the bumper cover in order to do this. You will need a 10mm socket with a couple extensions and a phillips screwdriver. First remove the plastic shield inside the wheel well using the phillips screwdriver. There are 3 10mm bolts that have to be removed the attach the bumper cover to the fender. The first one is just inside the newly uncovered hole. For the other 2 you will need the extensions. They are located all the way back in the hole beside the headlight assembly. If you look in with a flashlight You will see 3 bolts down in there. One of them will have a 1/2 inch spacer on it. Do not worry about this bolt, it holds the header panel on. The other 2 bolts are the ones you need to remove. Once this is done, if you need to remove the bolts under the hood that hold the bumper cover on the header panel. You should now have adequate movement to move the bumper cover out of the way of the 3 10mm bolts on the headlight assembly that were blocked.
For all descriptions, assume that you are standing BEHIND the light assembly.
On the back of the headlight assembly you will see the bulb cover
(round cover with tabs) stamped "OPEN" and an arrow showing which
direction to turn to remove. Look toward the 8 o'clock position for
driver lamp, 4 o'clock for passenger lamp of this cap. Partially
obscured by the sheet metal you will see a black screw 3/4 exposed on
the headlight assembly. It is at the edge of the sheet metal and very
difficult to see, but it,s there. You may need to remove the assembly
to get a better look. If needed, see below for lamp assembly removal.
How to remove the headlight: There are two 10mm bolts holding the assembly in place. One is above
the headlight and the other one is between the headlight and the
high beam light. Unplug the two harnesses that hook into the
headlight, if needed, and it is ready to be removed the car. Gently work it out of position.
Take a Phillips screwdriver
and turn the black screw - it adjusts the light vertically. Turn it
counter-clockwise to make the light go up and clockwise to adjust
down. Its as easy once you find the screw.