How to Operate Headlights on the Ford Fiesta

Headlights are critical components of any car. You have to know exactly how to turn them on and adjust their intensity to suit the surrounding conditions. Otherwise, you could find yourself driving in a dark or stormy environment without the right levels of visibility.

However, headlight switches, levers, and dials tend to vary from model to model. In this guide, we’ll cover how to switch on and adjust the headlights in a Ford Fiesta.


Understanding the Ford Fiesta Headlights

If you’re switching to a Fiesta from a car with traditional headlight dials or levers, the system may take you by surprise. These cars simply have light control dials, typically situated to the left side of the steering wheel. You can then turn the dial left or right accordingly to switch between different headlight settings.

Those settings include:

  • Off: Represented by a simple circle (or 0, depending how you look at it), this setting keeps the lights off.
  • Parking Lights: The next setting along is the parking or sidelights. These lights aren’t as bright as the dipped or high beams. They’re useful to help with parking or to light the way as it’s starting to get dark.
  • Dipped Headlights: The third setting on the dial is for dipped headlights. If you turn the dial here, the lights will come on and help you see in dark and dimly-lit conditions.
  • Automatic: The final setting – and arguably the most useful for drivers – is “Automatic.” This means that the car will automatically handle the lights for you, turning them on when it gets dark.

This system can take some getting used to for those who aren’t familiar with it. However, it’s quite intuitive, once you grasp the basics. Plus, that aforementioned “Automatic” setting can be useful. It lets you simply drive without having to worry about adjusting or turning on your lights on, as the car takes care of it on your behalf.

Note: Some older Fiestas may not have the “Automatic” setting available. Instead, the dial will only go as far as “Dipped Headlights.” If that’s the case for your car, you’ll have to remember to manually adjust the dial whenever you want to turn the lights on or off.

How to Use the Ford Fiesta Headlights

Here’s how to use your Fiesta’s headlights in only two simple steps:

  1. Locate the light control dial. As stated, this is typically situated to the left side of the steering wheel.
  2. Rotate the dial to the desired setting.

It’s as simple as that. Whenever you want to adjust the lights, just reach out to that dial and turn it accordingly.

How to Operate Headlights on the Ford Fiesta

However, at this point, you may be wondering “What about high beams?” as there isn’t a high beam setting on the dial. That’s because the way to activate your high beams on a Ford Fiesta involves one extra step:

  1. Set the light control dial to the dipped headlights.
  2. Pull the turn signal lever all the way towards you. You should see the high beam symbol show up on your dashboard to indicate the lights are on.

Note that if you want to turn off the high beams off, just pull the lever towards you the same way you did before. Also note that if you merely pull the lever lightly, it’ll just “flash” the high beams, but won’t turn them on completely. You really have to pull the lever all the way towards you to activate them.

Understand Your Lights Before You Set Off

When you get any new car, it’s vital to understand the fundamentals before you start driving it. That includes the headlights. Make sure you’re familiar with your Fiesta’s headlight switches and buttons before hitting the road, especially in the evenings. Hopefully, this guide has given you all the info you need.

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2 thoughts on “How to Operate Headlights on the Ford Fiesta”

  1. No, it doesn’t. You should mention that the low beam headlight must be turned on, when you continuously want to operate high beam light, otherwise you can only operate just for a second. I didn’t know how to keep it on, for the case I will know at night, and keep try during day time while low beam light was off.

  2. My problem with reverse light also installed new ones and park light on below rear bumbmper not working. What I must do so that can work all


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