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Focus MK3 bixenon poor light output, the way I fixed it.


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I have seen many people on this forum (myself included) who have been upset with the poor light output on the road of the mk3 focus bi xenons. 

so here’s how I fixed it.

Previously the lights looked lovely and bright but did nothing on road (apologies for I do not have a beam pattern picture)

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how to “fix” this issue. 
under the bonnet of your focus you can find a headlight adjustment that can be turned with an hex key.

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you can turn the adjustment and watch your headlights go up and down on the wall, I positioned mine further down till they looked somewhat like this.3F2409FA-E99E-4645-B1AF-A008CA48FD38.thumb.jpeg.a97281e785141cba35def6c851d8bbf9.jpeg

and that’s it nice and simple and I was done. I found the lights projected a much better pattern on the road than they did previously.662CACF8-FB70-4012-BC00-1DB89AD05528.thumb.jpeg.8fc4caaaa5b6d0b626b49634d4139238.jpeg

This isn’t a guide as such but more of a helping hand, I find this much better for the driving I do however you are welcome to adjust yours anyway you see fit.

 

hope this helps!

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sounds good, but my ancient Mk2 has a dashboard mounted headlight leveler control for adjustment. Does the Mk3 not have one?

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38 minutes ago, StephenFord said:

sounds good, but my ancient Mk2 has a dashboard mounted headlight leveler control for adjustment. Does the Mk3 not have one?

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The MK3 has auto leveling headlights, I’m unsure if over time they slowly stop leveling properly or if they weren’t leveled correctly at factory. But as far as I know this is the only way to level them manually 

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Only the MK3 with bi-xenons has auto levelling, it's a legal requirement on high output headlamps.

The Mk2 with bi-xenons should have auto levelling too.

Have you had the pattern checked? You might fail an MOT if the aim is now off. (Or they may just adjust it back)

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14 minutes ago, alexp999 said:

Only the MK3 with bi-xenons has auto levelling, it's a legal requirement on high output headlamps.

The Mk2 with bi-xenons should have auto levelling too.

Have you had the pattern checked? You might fail an MOT if the aim is now off. (Or they may just adjust it back)

I haven’t had them checked however I have asked a few people who work and own Garages they all say it looks fine. I’ll admit they way I did it is not exactly perfect and I will be readjusting again by marking the height of the headlamps moving a few feet away and adjusting to suit. However i can reverse the changes at any time and I’m not blinding people by aiming them lower 

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  • 3 weeks later...

Coming back to this, looked up how to adjust these properly and they were a smidgen low. I used a guide to adjust correctly and they now look beautiful. I’ll attach some pictures 514B070E-BAE7-442B-A258-FB20153BA594.thumb.jpeg.5241ef233a6b8280752e21c81f28e5cb.jpeg

I used a piece of tape on the wall and measured the correct heights and used the correct markings.


here is the video I used ~ 

I applied the same procedures for hid.

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this is how it looks now, the light shines around 90-95 foot away roughly.

this is still adjusted lower than how they were when purchased.

 

I’ll throw up some comparison pictures compared to a 2020 Volvo S60

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the cars.

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and their beam patterns, not the best photo as people actually park on their drives (how dare they :p) but as you can (kinda) see the focuses beam seems to be better than the Volvo :0

 

so, I’ll admit, the first way I “fixed” the headlights was only a temporary solution and I definitely aimed too low. But this way appears much better and I have checked and not blinding anyone :p.

 

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