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Experience:  23 years with Ford specializing in drivability and electrical and AC. Ford certs and ASE Certs
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My headlights will not turn off from the torn off switch. I

Customer Question

My headlights will not turn off from the torn off switch. I have to disconnect my battery for lights to go off. This is a 02 Escape
JA: Have you checked the fuses? Have you checked the bulbs?
Customer: Have not checked the fuses. Headlamp has been recently replaced. What fuse would I be changing
JA: Are you fixing your Escape yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Yes. Have not tried anything yet
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: No
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Super Mechanic replied 9 months ago.

Hello and welcome. My name is ***** ***** you for visiting the site, I am reviewing your question and will reply shortly, thanks.

Expert:  Super Mechanic replied 9 months ago.

That could be in the switch, relay or the GEM, (general electric module). There is a pinpoint test that can be done to determine which.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Are you talking about the switch on the steering collar? and the GEM module is that the one that controls the turn signal. Have replaced large relay.
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Not for $26
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
I understand your expertise
Expert:  Super Mechanic replied 9 months ago.

Although we are not allowed to discuss money with customers, the email offer was for $10. The turn signals are controlled by the turn signal flasher module and yes, the headlight switch is in the steering column, thanks

The GEM controls a variety of systems:

  • interval rear window wiper
  • battery saver
  • illuminated entry
  • headlamp control
  • interior lamp control
  • power door locks
  • Remote Keyless Entry (RKE)
  • accessory delay
  • perimeter anti-theft system
  • door ajar output control