My 15 plate Mondeo Hybrid went in for it's first service today and I (as promised) asked them to check on the setup of the headlights and the alignment. The results, I am afraid, are in and it appears we have yet another version of the truth here, suggesting we still do not have a difinitive answer on this one.
When I dropped my car off at Ford this morning I advised him that I had recently set the lights to left hand traffic and lowered the beams based on the feedback from this website and the fact that Ford have been contacted and have given us an "answer". The Ford tech said that he would check the alignment for me and confirm what setting the lights should be on.
When I collected the car he explained that they have reviewed their Mondeo service guide (recently released to them) and it suggests that the correct setting for the headlights in a RHD car is Right Hand Traffic, and that they had set the setting in my car and RAISED the light level as it was on the low side. I explained again that the feedback from Ford was to the contrary and the tech guy (and now the service manager) ummed and aared and eventually called Ford tech directly to seek clarification. I asked if I could sit in on the call and was plesantly suprised when they said yes.
The feedback from Ford technical was very clear. Apparently they have now had this query on several occasions and evidently it's due to the way the instructions are written on how to configure them which we all agreed to be very much the case. Ford technical however went on to advise that Right Hand Traffic was the correct setting for UK RHD cars and if the lights needed adjusting up or down on the MOT test machine then this should obviously be done.
Long and the short of it. I now have my Mondeo set up for Right Hand Traffic but the beams have been raised to the correct level. Can't tell what sort of a difference it's made until it's dark but they appear to be higher than where I had them marked on the garage door when I adjusted them myself. What's more I've seen the car on the light test machine in the garage as the tech guy took my Mondeo back into the garage and set it up again, just to make sure I was 100% happy with what had been done.
Confused.com? Sure we all are now!