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    Help one headlight stuck on high beam

    So I had the high beams on for a short while and when I got home my driver's side headlight looked as if it was still on. Anyone know how to fix this issue? Top photo high beams off. Lower photo high beams on
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    Maybe if you flip them off and on a few times, they will unstick themselves. The headlight just swivels up to become high beams.

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    Tried that already still not working.

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    How about wiggling them left and right in auto mode? Just hoping something simple will help. Short of giving it a good "fixit" whack.
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    I tried driving down the road while swerving and flashing the brights. Also sort of just hit the headlight firmly and nothing happened. I guess it will be stuck like that until I can get it to a dealership.

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    What about removing the whole assembly? Maybe you can unstick it with a change in orientation.
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    not to sound like the stereotypical IT guy - but have you tried unplugging and plugging it back in again while it's on?

    it's a super easy to reach and remove plug

    (short of going to the dealership and probably getting the headlight replaced, there probably isn't much you can do if these simple things don't help unfortunately)
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    Tap the unit with a screwdriver handle to see if you can jar it loose. Go for a right angle area (less chance of damage) top rear, with the lights on low beam. If that doesn't fix it, it's dealer time.
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    The headlight doesn't swivel up for the high beam. There is a cutoff shield inside the projector that flips out of the way to show the full beam. Getting at the solenoid and shield aren't an option for the end user because it involves some pretty serious headlight surgery. From my experience, the shield is spring loaded in place and the solenoid activates to pull it away. If it's stuck on, either the solenoid is continually energized, the spring has come loose, or the shield is jammed/stuck on something. Since the only one that you can fix yourself is the last option, I'd recommend taking the headlight off and shaking it a bit to try to get the shield to flip back into place. You shouldn't be able to hear anything rattling inside there, so if you do I'd guess that the spring came loose.

    The easiest (albeit generally the slowest) option is to take it to a dealership. I'd guess that you would end up getting a new headlight assembly. If you do, make sure that it gets aimed properly. Ford is notorious for delivering vehicles to customers with completely unaimed headlights.

    EDIT: I guess if you REALLY wanted to fix it yourself, you could remove the headlight from the car, remove the headlight igniter and bulb (DO NOT TOUCH THE GLASS ON THE BULB), and insert a long bendable object like a coat hanger into the projector from the rear to try to knock the shield around. It actuates downward, so you will have to try to pull it up from the bottom of the projector. Try not to bend the metal things inside there because that can make the problem worse, but you don't have to worry about damaging the projector lens or the reflector bowl by using this method.

    Here's what it would look like through the back of the projector when the shield is properly in place:
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    Well after flashing the high beams on and off a bunch of times, it went back to normal. Thank you for the help.

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