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LOW BEAM LIGHTS ON 2009 FORD ESCAPE VERY POOR.

I have a 2009 FORD ESCAPE and the lights on low beam are really poor,they do not shine out foe enough to see properly what can I do to improve lighting?

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If the headlights are adjusted properly and it is still too dim to see properly, you can add a set of driving lights. A high quality set from PIAA or other high end lighting manufacturers will cost $200-$300, but it is well worth the investment. You can also swap the headlamp bulbs for a more powerful set, ask the parts store.

If your lights are shining at the ground right in front of the vehicle, I would suspect that they are out of adjustment and you should take the vehicle to a shop that can accurately align them.

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