AlexMack86

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  • First Name
    Alex
  • Ford Model
    Mackie
  • Ford Year
    2010
  • UK/Ireland Location
    Aberdeenshire
  1. The 12.4v was tested when the ignition was on but without engine running. I will test again with the engine running and revert back with result. I do think the ring terminal on the battery ground strap looks a little corroded and dirty so will try snipping that off, re-terminating, and testing the voltage at the bulb connector again. I’ve just had the car in at Halfords all day to see if they had any luck, they’re useless. Away to go collect it now, in a snow blizzard! Thanks again for the thoughts and recommendations folks.
  2. ...I've just checked the wiring / loop diagrams and found the headlamps DO NOT share a common earth - ruling out a dirty / corroded earth or earth "leak" as the issue. The fault is common to both lamps so it must be a common component further up the supply channel. Perhaps it's time to accept defeat and hand the car over to the professionals. My only issue with that is they'll likely charge me for hours of diagnostics as well as the hefty repair cost...regardless of how simple a repair it is ...the classic "old man and his hammer" fable where he charges 10p for the hammer tapping service, and £99999 for "knowing where to tap"
  3. Hi guys. Need to re-visit this as I'm still in the same situation! ...any tech support greatly appreciated. Just to summarise the issue: All my lights are operational Main beam and side lights are sufficiently bright Dipped headlights are DANGEROUSLY dim - i.e. can't see Since previous correspondence I have replaced the battery, problem still persists. Also tried tapping the relay block but this didn't appear to affect the lights (no flicker). I tested the voltage at the bulb fixing and reading 12.4VDC so all good right? Does anyone know where in the chassis the earth points are for the dipped headlights? Do the dipped headlights share a common earth? Thanks in advance for input. Alex
  4. Both of these are true in my case. When I turn the windscreen heater on, lights dim, and when the heater turns off automatically they return to the previous brightness (which is still dim). I've noticed when in traffic (in the reflection of the car in front's paintwork) the lights brightness increases when revving / accelerating to move froward, then return to previous dimness. Is this likely to be the alternator then?... Appreciate the photos Peter, I'll do some battery voltage tests under the scenarios you mentioned. Cheers
  5. Hi guys, Apologies for the silence, I've been offshore for the past month. So looks like both my main and dipped beam lights are working OK now (I think - see 1st Q below), only side lights which aren't. However my issue remains in that the lighting on the road when driving at night is totally insufficient (I mean I literally have to slow to 20mph when another vehicle is oncoming and I'm on dipped beam and I have 20/20 vision). Surely the side lights don't provide that much extra light!? Anyway I tried the screwdriver tapping on the relays in the engine fuse box and hitting one of them turned one of the side lights on, needless to say I'll be replacing said relay ..just need to figure out which one it was. So a couple of questions: When using dipped beam lights, should both (main and dipped) lamps be illuminated? ...or just the dipped lamps closes to the badge/grill? Is there a list of relays for 2010 ford focus anywhere? My manual doesn't disclose relay details and the underside of the box lid is no use either Could it be that I need to replace the battery? I've noticed the lights dim when I turn on the windscreen heater. Is this a sign that there's insufficient current available due to battery depletion? (it is 7 years old!) Thanks again for any input folks, and apologies in advance for my ignorance (I'm an engineer but just not car savvy!). Can't believe how difficult this is to resolve! Alex
  6. Wow, great fault finding tips guys. ill try all the above and revert with findings tomorrow. Again thanks so much, I really do appreciate the efforts / input! Alex
  7. They work to flash and on continuous. Regards the bulb change, these are both brand new bulbs which I installed simultaneously myself just the other day thinking both bulbs had just blown together.
  8. I know it's an absolute SCHOOL BOY ERROR!!! ..let's just say my vision was clouded by external factors ... Lamps are standard Halogen H1 12V 55W Side lamps are fine Main beam are fine Tails are fine Fuses 142 and 143 testing fine (continuity tested using MM) Am I right in thinking the next logical troubleshooting step would be to swap the dipped beam and main beam relays? P.S. Thanks for all the help guys! ...and for bearing with me
  9. Sorry folks!!! ...I'm an idiot It's not the side lamps, but in fact both headlamps (dipped beam) ...Issue obviously remains . Fuses are testing fine. Will check voltage supply at the fittings tonight. Does this throw up any immediate resolve to anyone? Sorry again for ridiculous mistake ...you know when you're looking far too closely at something...
  10. Thank for reply Jonro, ...no offence taken whatsoever. I understand how common it is for these issues to be something distinctly obvious! Yes I did post the same Q in another thread but thought better to start one independently based on my issue. Fuses tested good with digital MM The bulbs are halogen I believe the tail lights are functioning but need to double check this (I know side lights and tails are all connected to the same fuse for left and right sides) Side lights do not come on during dipped nor full beam Any more ideas? Cheers, Alex
  11. Hi folks, I'm banging my head against a brick wall on this one. The fact that both side lamps are out of commission suggests its a fault with something common to both circuits as I know the focus side lamp fuse systems are separated into left and right side. Bit of background info: Both side lamps not working - timing of fault unkown New bulbs installed - no fix Checked fuses 124 & 125 - continuity good Power cycled battery (disconnect neg pol, leave 15 mins) - no fix Any ideas as to what else it could be? I've heard iterations of a faulty switch, and to test if there is 12VDC at the light fitting. Still to try the latter Any help / ideas appreciated. I'd like to explore all avenues before spending £££s at a garage. Cheers, Alex
  12. Hello folks, Can anyone tell me if these can be used to diagnose reason behind non-functional lamps?... I'm banging my head against a brick wall on this one. Bit of background info: Both side lamps not working - timing of fault unkown New bulbs installed - no fix Checked fuses 124 & 125 - continuity good Power cycled battery (disconnect neg pol, leave 15 mins) - no fix Any ideas as to what else it could be? I've heard iterations of a faulty switch, and to test if there is 12VDC at the light fitting. Still to try the latter Any help huuuugely appreciated. I'm sure it's something I can resolve without spending £££s at a garage. Cheers, Alex