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My current headligts installed in 2001 Ford Escape are the European Standard. The plastic is old and showing cracked veins which affects the light output. I have bought a cheaper USA standard headlight set which do not have the holes for mounting the "city lights" What modification(s) can be done to accomodate them in the new USA headlights? Thanks anyone.
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City lights are the dipped beam lights, right?

As far as I know, and from pictures of UK Escapes, the 2001-2004 (or when they were discontinued) Escapes/Mavericks had a dual-filament bulb just like the US SAE headlamps. Is it possible that your 2001 Escape had been retrofitted with 2005-2007 style headlamps?
 

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I had this in my 03 escape with the US 05 lights. Euro and Australian specifications do not allow for an orange front side marker.

In my escape, I drilled a small hole in the low beam lens, and using a rubber insulating washer pushed a park light holder in (from another vehicle). I dont have pictures at this time.

The other problem with US lights is if you are a Left Hand Drive country, the high beams do point slightly in the wrong direction. It seems not to be too bad though.

My personal impression is that the euro lights actually have better reflectors.

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City lights are basically the same as North America's parking light, except that it's always clear (white), and it's always a separate bulb from the turn signal bulb. It's usually a #W5W (#2825) wedge bulb, like a #194 or #168.

I saw pictures of the '05 to '07 German headlamp housings that had the city light in the area just above the high beam reflector on each side. If I can dig up the picture I had, I'll post it.
 

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Ah ha, so thats what you mean by city lights.
Over here, they are called sidelights, and they are a seperate 5W clear wedge bulb, as JB states.
In the UK, if you are driving at night in a 30 mph zone, you are allowed to use sidelights, rather than headlamps, but it's very rarely observed thesedays, it harks back to the post war era, when if using dipped headlamps, only the nearside one needed to be illuminated, full beam both had to work.

Sidelights also have to be illuminated if you park on a road at night with a speed limit greater than 30mph.

Will post piccies of my headlamps, if that would help.
 

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Just to let you know that drilling a hole in each and gluing on a short angled piece of PVC to each did it. The fitting is then pushed in a smaller rubber tube which secures them in place. In case anyone wants to see what the finished job looks like please let me know and I'll post a picture.
Thanks Nigel for the pointer.
 
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