LED headlight bulbs error message | Page 2 | Ford Explorer - Ford Ranger Forums - Serious Explorations
  • Register Today It's free!

LED headlight bulbs error message

davidmmm69

Elite Explorer
Joined
September 1, 2003
Messages
2,655
Reaction score
23
Location
Fall river ma
City, State
2010 Ford Explorer V6 Fall River Ma...
Year, Model & Trim Level
2002 Mercury Mountaineer
Thanks guys, I have been emailing the company back and forth. Im hoping they will send me the needed wire harness(s) needed to eliminate this error code. If not I'll find some on Amazon. Yes, I should have just purchased a more expensive LED that is error free bulbs. In the end it costs the same, just a pain to figure this out the hard way. No where on their description does it say you'll need the resistor harnesses, but I'll know for next time and hopefully everyone on here can benefit from my mix-up.
als bought the extra harness and still get the error messae on my 2010
 



Join the Elite Explorers for $20 each year.
Elite Explorer members see no advertisements, no banner ads, no double underlined links,.
Add an avatar, upload photo attachments, and more!
.





RicanV84X4

Elite Explorer
Joined
September 3, 2019
Messages
7
Reaction score
0
City, State
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Year, Model & Trim Level
2010 XLT V8 4X4
So just to clarify nobody has found a CANBUS pigtail harness for running LED headlights that prevents the dash error messages?
 






94Eddie

Elite Explorer
Joined
September 18, 2003
Messages
2,295
Reaction score
1,345
Year, Model & Trim Level
2010 Mountaineer Premier
The headlights I have, Beamtech brand, from Amazon. They still give me a code error even after the company sent me a pigtail to eliminate the error. So I wouldn't recommend these if you are worried about getting the headlight error.
Honestly the error doesn't bother me, I hit a reset button and It goes away. The vision at night is worth it.

I just installed a set of headlight and foglight Beamtech LEDs. I got the error code that clears with a hit of the reset button. They are sending the pieces that will supposedly eliminate the error message. I am like you in that I will just hit the reset if they don't stop the error flash because the bulbs work amazingly well. Plus, you don't have to break the piggy bank to buy them. I just ordered a set of backup LED bulbs after seeing how well the front lamps work. The newer LEDs have been designed to mimic the halogen bulbs for light disbursement. Some bulbs need to be adjusted to insure the rotation of the LEDs are proper in the reflector housing. Mine went in as needed but some applications need to be tweaked. Next on my list is to start putting LEDs into the interior locations.
 






MotorCityFats13

Explorer Addict
Joined
January 25, 2015
Messages
1,080
Reaction score
80
City, State
Flatrock MI
Year, Model & Trim Level
2007 Explorer XLT 4.0L
So just to clarify nobody has found a CANBUS pigtail harness for running LED headlights that prevents the dash error messages?

search for "error headlight h13" and there are tons of options
the ones i bought from ebay work great
 






RicanV84X4

Elite Explorer
Joined
September 3, 2019
Messages
7
Reaction score
0
City, State
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Year, Model & Trim Level
2010 XLT V8 4X4
Well these ones for $18 from a high rated seller do not work for the record.

Screen Shot 2019-12-31 at 7.56.19 AM.png
 






Littleant

Well-Known Member
Joined
September 10, 2016
Messages
280
Reaction score
59
Location
Vermont
City, State
Orleans
Year, Model & Trim Level
2010 Mountaineer 4.0
Not to be a buzz kill or anything - but would like to remind everyone that your light housing was designed for incandescent bulbs to throw the light in the proper pattern - not only to allow you to see but also to prevent blinding other drivers. LED bulbs require a different housing to achieve the same results.
I see a lot of these 'retrofits' while out driving at night.
They aren't pleasant to encounter.
Maybe Explorers work well - I don't know. I'm sure it's different for various makes and models. But please pay attention to your fellow drivers - have a friend meet you on the road for an honest evaluation.
If people keep flashing their brights at you then please - take the hint.
1000% agree with EddyB. Have encountered them at night and many are blinding on low beam no less. I am sure they help to see better. I have seen them adjusted perfect and cause no issues for other drivers. So please adjust them so not to blind other drivers.
 












RicanV84X4

Elite Explorer
Joined
September 3, 2019
Messages
7
Reaction score
0
City, State
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Year, Model & Trim Level
2010 XLT V8 4X4
can you check the resistance of those units vs a working H13 bulb
I checked a bulb and it was 1.6 ohm

1.4 ohm is what they checked out at... Shocked that .2 makes a difference... Can you send a picture of the ones you purchased. Seems there are only 3 different styles for sale on eBay.
 






MotorCityFats13

Explorer Addict
Joined
January 25, 2015
Messages
1,080
Reaction score
80
City, State
Flatrock MI
Year, Model & Trim Level
2007 Explorer XLT 4.0L
1.4 ohm is what they checked out at... Shocked that .2 makes a difference... Can you send a picture of the ones you purchased. Seems there are only 3 different styles for sale on eBay.

the only variable that i can see is that you are trying to use led's and i use hid's
 






RicanV84X4

Elite Explorer
Joined
September 3, 2019
Messages
7
Reaction score
0
City, State
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Year, Model & Trim Level
2010 XLT V8 4X4
Just to follow up after trying multiple CANBUS load resistors to eliminate the dash error from eBay, the one from seller dt-autotech worked to eliminate the error on my LED headlights. Picture of this model is below. You definitely need a 6ohm resistor!

Screen Shot 2020-02-10 at 7.17.47 PM.png
 






johnwell

New Member
Joined
January 19, 2021
Messages
4
Reaction score
0
City, State
LGS
Year, Model & Trim Level
2005, Khu3, 5
I also read somewhere that LED bulbs don't draw enough voltage as the regular Halogen bulbs do. Meanwhile, I've seen a big outdoor LED screen advertising that LED bulb that can draw voltage more than halogen bulbs.
 






davidmmm69

Elite Explorer
Joined
September 1, 2003
Messages
2,655
Reaction score
23
Location
Fall river ma
City, State
2010 Ford Explorer V6 Fall River Ma...
Year, Model & Trim Level
2002 Mercury Mountaineer
Just to follow up after trying multiple CANBUS load resistors to eliminate the dash error from eBay, the one from seller dt-autotech worked to eliminate the error on my LED headlights. Picture of this model is below. You definitely need a 6ohm resistor!

View attachment 178235
Just bought a set for my 2010 the ones I bought last time didn't work
 






Bazz270

Well-Known Member
Joined
April 14, 2020
Messages
690
Reaction score
202
City, State
Haifa,Israel
Year, Model & Trim Level
Ford Explorer 2007 XLT
Headlights controller (also turn indicator controller as well) can be turned off via as build file edit using forscan.cant remember the exact code chart but it is pretty similar to F150's.

Installing canbus resistors and adapters may be only temporary option..
 






Joined
May 12, 2017
Messages
12
Reaction score
1
City, State
Las Vegas
Year, Model & Trim Level
2005 Ford Explorer xlt
I installed some Beamtech LED headlight bulbs from Amazon today in my 2007 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer. On my way to work I got a headlight left and headlight right error message on my information display.
Has anyone else had this message come up with LED bulb installation and if so, what did you do to correct it?
I keep reading the LED bulbs don't draw enough voltage as the regular Halogen bulbs do, so that sends an indication to the computer informing you might have a headlight out.
Any information you guys can provide would be great!
I got blue LED head lights in my 07 limited and I get the "error" message too. I just press the reset button on my dash and the error message resets.
 






davidmmm69

Elite Explorer
Joined
September 1, 2003
Messages
2,655
Reaction score
23
Location
Fall river ma
City, State
2010 Ford Explorer V6 Fall River Ma...
Year, Model & Trim Level
2002 Mercury Mountaineer
I got blue LED head lights in my 07 limited and I get the "error" message too. I just press the reset button on my dash and the error message resets.
Pushing that button Everytime gets old after the thousands of times
 






94Eddie

Elite Explorer
Joined
September 18, 2003
Messages
2,295
Reaction score
1,345
Year, Model & Trim Level
2010 Mountaineer Premier
Pushing that button Everytime gets old after the thousands of times
The canbus adapters worked well on my Mountaineer. Once every 1-2 months I get the head lamp error and hit the reset button.
 






J_C

Explorer Addict
Joined
July 30, 2009
Messages
4,678
Reaction score
1,267
City, State
Florence, KY
Year, Model & Trim Level
1998 XLT 4WD 4.0L SOHC
If you search the (2nd gen?) forum you'll find a post where I reverse engineered the current sensing circuit for an Explorer. The circuit may have changed some since then but the topology is going to be the same, that the circuit measures a voltage drop across an integrated resistor to determine how much current is flowing, and that can be disabled or different resistor value used to increase the measured voltage drop across it, no external power wasting load resistor add-on needed.
 






94Eddie

Elite Explorer
Joined
September 18, 2003
Messages
2,295
Reaction score
1,345
Year, Model & Trim Level
2010 Mountaineer Premier
If you search the (2nd gen?) forum you'll find a post where I reverse engineered the current sensing circuit for an Explorer. The circuit may have changed some since then but the topology is going to be the same, that the circuit measures a voltage drop across an integrated resistor to determine how much current is flowing, and that can be disabled or different resistor value used to increase the measured voltage drop across it, no external power wasting load resistor add-on needed.
J_C, if this is something I would need to do then you might as well tell me to perform brain surgery on someone. The results would be the same which is a non functioning electronic or biological computer. :eek:
 






J_C

Explorer Addict
Joined
July 30, 2009
Messages
4,678
Reaction score
1,267
City, State
Florence, KY
Year, Model & Trim Level
1998 XLT 4WD 4.0L SOHC
^ In that topic, I recall I had a detailed picture of the circuit board and indicated two specific traces to cut, so somewhere in between brain surgery and eating steak. :) However instead of cutting the traces, the wiring harness connector pins corresponding to those two trace-connected contacts could be pulled out of the connector, or the wires cut, instead of swapping in different resistor values.

I should also mention, LED retrofit bulbs in the stock incan housings are illegal. ;)
 



Join the Elite Explorers for $20 each year.
Elite Explorer members see no advertisements, no banner ads, no double underlined links,.
Add an avatar, upload photo attachments, and more!
.





94Eddie

Elite Explorer
Joined
September 18, 2003
Messages
2,295
Reaction score
1,345
Year, Model & Trim Level
2010 Mountaineer Premier
I should also mention, LED retrofit bulbs in the stock incan housings are illegal. ;)
A lot of things are illegal. I would wager 99% of us break some law somewhere every day whether we know it or not. 😏
 






Top