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#1 tomo2001

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:59 AM

For those who have the Titanium X with the xenon headlights you may or may not be aware of this issue already.

First off my cornering lights stopped working and then strangely started working again. Then last week I got a 'Headlight Malfunction Service Now' message come up on the dash and the Xenon's are now pointing down in their lowest position (to avoid dazzling apparently).

Car went into dealers and it is a fault that Ford already know about. It requires replacement wiring looms/connectors and headlight bulbs. The service manager told me that the fault occurs when the wiring overheats.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 10:41 AM

Well, that's a coincidence! I took my car (Titanium-X) out yesterday and the 'Headlight Malfunction Service Now' message popped up then disappeared, a sequence that was repeated several times; I didn't notice any malfunction of the cornering lights as my journey was in daylight.

If Ford are aware of this, are they either issuing a recall notice or rectifying the fault when the car is next 'presented' at the garage?

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 10:43 AM

Probably won't issue a recall as it isn't a safety issue (unless car catches fire) :wacko:

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:52 PM

Good to know i'll keep my eye's open , Cars in for a service friday so i'll ask them.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 05:19 PM

Hi, Ford won't issue a recall for a few reported occurances and this is the first I've heard of it on this forum and on Talkford. However thanks for the headsup...

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 05:20 PM

Great stuff Preee!

I'd be very interested to know what occurs.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 05:59 PM

I'd be interested to know if this only affects certain model years.

I have a 2012.75 on the way from Ford Direct, so will mention it to the dealer to check before I take delivery.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 06:41 PM

I've purchased mine in Oct 2012, and haven't seen any problems (touch wood) thus far! Appreciate the heads up too.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 07:24 PM

Mine is a July 2011 build for information.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 09:20 PM

Lol my dealer would probable try and kill me if I bring this up after the amount of time I argued about the excessive condensation I had in one headlamp.

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Posted 23 January 2013 - 09:17 PM

Been and booked car in for Friday. Seen Technical Bulletin and it does involve replacing the headlight bulbs and headlight connectors / wiring.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 04:53 PM

Car back from dealers with fully functioning headlights once more :)

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 06:20 PM

I asked today as my car had it's service .

My dealer are aware of a problem , but claim as of yet have not had any TitX in for the changes.

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 08:54 PM

Been and booked car in for Friday. Seen Technical Bulletin and it does involve replacing the headlight bulbs and headlight connectors / wiring.

Hi, did you catch the TSB reference number by any chance?

I asked today as my car had it's service .

My dealer are aware of a problem , but claim as of yet have not had any TitX in for the changes.


Interesting seeing as this is the only model that had xenon's from the start..

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 11:17 PM

Interesting seeing as this is the only model that had xenon's from the start..


Yes , does not look like they are going for a recall , unless the problem gets alot worse , i can't understand why they need to change the bulb though if they think its a wiring fault , could it be the bulbs are the true fault causing the wire problems.

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