high beam indicator

ruelmermom
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Asked by ruelmermom Feb 20, 2013 at 08:34 PM about the 2007 Ford Escape XLT

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Can someone please tell me if the entire dash has to be replaced just because the high beam indicator is out?
please I need help. thanks

22 Answers

judge_roy
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...verry suspicious...because quite sure you hardly use the thing. How's it gonna get burned if you never use it? probably the switch is not behiving like it should. could this be the case?

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judge_roy
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should be pull the directional towards you, and a momentary flash and again will engage...the light should report back----if the switch ain't really workin' the indicator bulb will not work either...could be the switch.

Tem_po94
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Probably not, since that's one light. Do the other lights turn on? Does it turn on when the car starts up?

tenspeed
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You don't have to pull a dash board to change bulbs. The gauge cluster comes out and the bulbs are in the rear. You might have to drop the steering wheel down for clearance.

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judge_roy
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you mean upon initiation, when the key first powers it up, all lights are supposed to report...this would be the time if it ain't lightin- so ya, the bulb. still not convinced the switch is operating normally, you say the bulb comes on, but do the headlights toggle into brights without the little blue light coming on? You've seen this or parked with the beams on the wall in front of you? how do you know the brights are working but the light isn't?

ruelmermom
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It's not the switch, the high beams come on as they should when I moved the lever toward the dash and they do back to low beam when I move it toward myself. It's just that the blue (if that's the color) high beam light isn't working. The dealer where I got it said I would have to replace the entire dash at a cost of $500. All of the other dash lights work perfectly so I think this is fishy to say the least. Any suggestions?

judge_roy
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not sure of your architecture, but like tenspeed says take out the gauge cluster~ change the bulb now.

ruelmermom
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tenspeed/bob_nueske, thanks for your info. Do you know how to take the gauge cluster out? It would sure save me a lot of money if I can do it myself. I searched dash lights for a 2007 Ford Escape XLT and found replacement bulbs, so why would they sell them if you couldn't replace just the bulb? the dealer was trying to screw me big time.

ruelmermom
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oh sorry, when I said "dash" I didn't mean I have to remove the entire dash, I just meant the cluster where the lights and gauges are etc. sorry.

judge_roy
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mmm, asking me to dig deeper to see if I can find more on how this crazy captain is contructed....mmmm after lunch, bet they'll be tons of google images...later~

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ruelmermom
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I sure appreciate it bob_nueske I believe I can do it but not sure. I'm always a little nervous digging into something that I know very little about

judge_roy
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK4PZzjlwgY after watching this I'm gonna have to say, honey...get a diffenent car. I recommend the MINI. they aren't that expensive and real fun to drive and look sexy like a fashion accessory.

ruelmermom
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I did watch the video you sent me and I appreciate it but I'm not worried about the shift indicator and all that guy did, I just have to replace a bulb in the dash cluster and this video did tell me there are indeed bulbs in it. The dealer says no there isn't. I'll find out during this week-end, I'm going to get a bulb and replace it myself. You've been a great help and it is appreciated. Thanks.

judge_roy
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this video looked like the seven plains of hell as I'd have dropped, swallered or lost track of each of these stages of the game. So much riggamaroll for something so simple. Bet you dollars to donuts that when he put it back together it squeaked to beat the band. This is like watching bad porn....you just get tired of this activity FAST!! cannot say that I'd ever like to watch this video again...ever as it represents the least favorite part of the job..the dilly dally force and squeeze this and that to tear it apart (without breakin' nothin') I'd be screamin' and the wife would have to call the nice men to take me away or shoo me into a safe place for a sense of well being...not anywhere's near this scourge of alll tarnation.

judge_roy
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...gettin' too old for this.

ruelmermom
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well you've got that right. Why would any car company make things like this so damn hard UNLESS they know you will take it back to the dealer to have it fixed. When I started watching this I thought holy s%$ are you kidding me. I'm just hoping that taking out just the gauge section won't be this much hassle, but....I'm betting he also came up with some extra parts and you're right it probably squeaked to beat hell. I could of course by pass all the hassle and not worry about one light not working but when I buy a car which I've only had this one a week I expect EVERYTHING on it to work or it drives me nuts. What 30 or 40 screws or nuts to take out, unplug this, reattach this, move this on and on. If I run into that over this high beam bulb there won't be any dash left to worry about. But like I said, at least it did show me that there are bulbs in the cluster which can be replaced, the dealer said there were none, when one goes the entire thing goes, not so. I"ll be sure to let you know how this worked out for me, thanks again.

judge_roy
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Yes. thanks for being a human being and not a control assembly robot- Wife knows that used to 93-96 be a mechanic, and an Engineering Draftsman specializes in ANSI Y-14.5, will draw anything to spec. have my machinery's handbook, but we haven't built anything in the states for a long time Polycold specialized in super-conducting super-chillers was interesting, but a temporary job...kinda liked officey things and the wrench work...Sunday mechanic, with on one to help and the customer a tow-in and fully expecting to drive off, and sitst there on top of you as you are servicing their car. There will be no bullshit in this type of environment and your are sure going to sink or swim. This is my breadth of knowledge, fixin' Berkeley jalopies nad hippy wagons for little or no money- American technology despite trying to compete with the likes of Toyota and Honda are at a loss think of the car company named Saturn, an effor to compete with Toyota...but you have to have substance to go with your style....a nice idea, but it failed. Buy a Prius. These things get 50 mpg...I kid you not. and cargo area...amazing...the wife's got 100,000 miles on hers and the meat is just as fresh as when this mastadon fell gave his life-

ruelmermom
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well you're right about your latest post and I hope I didn't offend you in anyway. I just don't see why any auto man. would design anything to be so hard. I have a 94' Lexus ES300 with 141,000+ miles on it, it still runs great but in a moment of brilliance they decided to make the tach and mph needles lights in the dash, of course when these go you have no choice but to replace the entire thing so I have gotten pretty good at estimating my speed. But again I do hope I didn't offend you in any way and if I did I didn't mean to.

ruelmermom
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check this out, I found this guy talking about it online on barrythedude 4th Gear Registered: Feb 2006 Location: Regina Saskatchewan Posts: 431 Two screws above dash console Pull towards you Unhook 2 wiring harnesses Bulb is right there. Happy Thanksgiving!Escape Central/

judge_roy
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wow. sorry I couldn't have dug that one myself...embarrassed really. Apologies all around for wasting what was a beautiful day (out in California, it is always beautiful)

ruelmermom
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Well I finally dug into my problem with the high beam light being out today. Hell there's nothing to it, just like I've read. Remove the top two screws in the bezel, take it off, might have to pry a little at the bottom but it will come off, then take out 4 more screws of the same size 7mm and you can pull the cluster out far enough to get to all the bulbs. BUT mine doesn't even have the socket that the bulb goes in so now I've got to hope I can find one online, anyone know anything about these? But had the socket been there (i guess it's called socket i'm not really sure) it would have been a very easy fix, maybe 10 or 15 minutes at best.

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judge_roy
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Yay. ruelmermom --(behave yourself our I'll break out the ruler)

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