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Typical Repair Cost:
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Average Mileage:
29,900 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (5 reports)
  2. new head lights (1 reports)
2014 Ford Explorer lights problems

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2014 Ford Explorer Owner Comments

problem #6

Jan 012018


  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles


The high and low beams are activated by a mechanical hood or something. On low beams, this leaves a straight line where everything below it is lit and everything above it is pitch black. There is no light thrown at all outside this tight headlight pattern and you can't see anything coming up in front of you at times, or to the sides of the vehicle when you are trying to make a turn. It also meant the lights are full bright right in the middle at all times, so if the low beams do happen to go in someone elses' car, they think you have your brights on as well.

- glasscityandy, Spruce Pine, US

problem #5

May 292016

Explorer Sport V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles

We purchased this car used in May of 2016 and didn't drive much at night since it was light for the evening. When the time changed and days became shorter we noticed it was hard to see with the low beams, even on well lit roads. The lights are adjusted correctly but do not illuminate the road ahead, especially to either side of the vehicle. Has anyone found a good replacement light that works better?

- Joe B., Moreno Valley, CA, US

problem #4

Oct 012016

Explorer XLT 3.5L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,962 miles

Headlights become faded very fast ... only 45000km.

Low quality used.

- Joly A., Auh, auh, United Arab Emirates

problem #3

Jun 102015

Explorer Sport Turbo V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 31,000 miles


I love my Ford Explorer except the very poor lighting at night. The headlights do not illuminate the road. It is almost impossible to drive this vehicle during the rain at night. The headlights are so bad that I am unable to see the lines on the road at night when raining. This poses a very serious problem. I feel this problem is so severe that it could cause deadly accidents. I would like Ford to take these complaints very seriously before people are hurt or killed.

- Stephanie L., Cabot, AR, US

problem #2

Jun 112015

Explorer XLT 3.5L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20 miles

The first time I took my new vehicle out at night I struggled seeing the road even with the fog lights on. When you look out over the hood there is a black line at hood height and the light appears above the black line. So there is not much light hitting the road. When making a turn the headlights do not follow the road on the turn as they appear off in the distance and not down on the road. You virtually cannot see in rural areas when making a turn. Even high beams do not illuminate the road very well. This is a serious problem that needs to be addressed before someone has an accident and kills themselves.

- Jack B., Fairfax, VA, US

problem #1

Dec 272013

Explorer LTD V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 350 miles

While driving at night, with lights on, going around a curve , the lights point straight ahead at half mast, into the curve, it is darker than coal ----we live in the Mts with lots of hills--u cannot see in the dark if there is a deer,or even a child. It is darn Rt. scary!! One cannot even see the road signs on the side of the road unless u put your brights on--which really desturbs the car in front of u .

We have taken the vehicle in to 2dealerships . One raised the headlights--said nothing could be done further --it was an engineering design. Should be a recall right away before someone gets hurt , killed or sue Ford Motor Co.

Would love to take engineer from Fords for a scary ride at night !!

- scrimger, Crossville, TN, US

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