Questions about headlights, including main and dipped beams, dim-dip systems, etc

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Water droplets on inside of glass that covers headlight

I am seeing water droplets on inside of the glass that covers the headlights. They don't seem to go away. How can I fix this? I think I found the answer here: ...
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Does repeated turning on/off Xenon HID headlights harm them?

I've got Xenon headlights and my car has a feature which automatically turns the headlights on at night. Currently I'm hesitant to use the auto-on feature because the headlights turn on when I start ...
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Should I turn off my headlights while having the car run to “defrost” while I scratch ice off the windows?

My 2009 Ford Mondeo Clipper has a very nice "Max Heating" setting, where it both defrosts front and back windows, and sets the airco to max temperature, max fan speed. When I find my car windows ...
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Realistically, how much can I expect to improve cloudy headlights by polishing?

The headlight lenses on my vehicle (a 2001 Ford F-150) are cloudy, and presumably as a result, the headlights are not terribly effective. (I could post a photo if you want.) I bought a polishing kit ...
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New headlight lenses?

So my 97 Subaru Legacy has pretty dim headlights, and it drives me up the wall. I like nice, thorough illumination when I'm driving at night; being able to see really does wonders for confidence on ...
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Brightening dim headlights

The headlights on my car are very dim. When on the normal setting they only illuminate around 2-3 seconds down the road @ about 55mph. The high beams are brighter, but are still very dim. If I have my ...
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Is it best to replace HID headlights in pairs?

I've heard that halogen headlights should be replaced in pairs. I've been wondering if the same is true of HID headlights. They are much more expensive, so I would like to avoid having to buy two of ...
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Low beam headlights don't work, High beam headlights do

The vehicle is a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The low beams aren't working. High beams are. The fuse is perfectly fine (tested and swapped out). The bulbs are fine too. A mechanic told me it could be ...
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Low beams out high beams work

2005 Honda Accord. Replaced the fuses even though fuse looked good. Took it in to have bulbs replaced but still did nothing. Went on vacation for about 2 weeks, car was in the garage. Came back used ...
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High Beam Indicator Problem

I have a situation where I'm doing wiring for the dashboard of a vehicle. For whatever reason, the turn signal/headlight switch on this vehicle outputs a 6 volt signal on the high beam wire when the ...
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Does increasing headlight wattage affects motorcycle mileage

I ride Honda CD-100 SS, a 100cc motorcycle. Does increasing the wattage of the headlight bulb affect the mileage(fuel efficiency) of the motorcycle? If it does please explain how.
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Saturn Headlight Problem

I have a 2001 Saturn SL2 that is having a problem with one of its headlights. When I turn on the headlights, frequently one is not lighting. If I go to the front and give the lens a quick knock, it ...
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Installing Xenon headlights in 2004 Chrysler Sebring

I was thinking about installing Xenon headlights in my car. I hate other drivers who have them because I go blind, but after riding in my friends car equipped with them, I'm more than ready to take ...
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Collision repair with Bondo and used parts

This year, one of my New Year's resolutions was to become more of a DIYer. I was in a fender bender a few weeks back (not my fault) and insurance just cut me a check for the repairs. This car is a ...
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Head Lamp on Honda Shine

I'm planning to change/modify the Headlight bulb. kindly suggest. My bike (Honda Shine) has 12V 3AH(MF) Battery & Head Lamp 12V 35W/35W halogen bulb. In rainy season & city Bye-pass roads the ...
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Headlights turning off randomly

I have a 95 Chevy S10. When I drive my truck around at night I notice that occasionally my headlights turn off for about 3 seconds and then come back on by themselves. There doesn't seem to be any ...
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How to install replacement lens for headlight

My 2002 Toyota Corolla got backed into by a snowplow a few month's back: The headlight/bulb still works (amazingly); however The lens/plastic covering over it is busted; and The entire headlight ...
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How to troubleshoot headlights intermittently on and off with headlights switched off?

I have a 2000 Ford Windstar. The headlights (and parking/tail lights) intermittently come on (and off), even after the headlights are switched off. Typically, after parking, I'll turn off the ...
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What angle should my projector headlights be at?

A while ago I did a custom projector retrofit for my jeep. I really love the technology and it makes driving in the dark much easier and safer. Making the parts for the projector was not to bad, but ...
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Headlight conversion

I've decided to install a new headlight on my bike. The current setup is two bulbs, one is on for low beam and both on for high beam, with two wires going out of each (h11?). Here is a short video of ...
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How can I identify which wire should hook to my headlight switch in my Mazda Protoge (91)?

The headlight switch in my dash is not connected to anything (I noticed this after the headlights quit working!), so I took the dash panel off in an attempt to find the plug. The only plug I could ...
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Headlights won't turn on & taillights won't turn off

I have a 1998 Nissan Altima. My headlights won't turn on, but my parking lights and tail lights won't turn off unless I unhook my battery. Any ideas what the problem might be? Or a solution?
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How do I aim the headlights of a '95 Geo Prizm?

Two years ago, my grandfather gave us his old '95 Prizm when he bought a new car. A few weeks ago, I decided that the old headlight bulbs were too dim and I replaced them with new ones. The light ...
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Why does my 2002 Ford Escape go through so many headlight bulbs?

Every 6-8 months, one of the headlight bulbs on my 2002 Ford Escape burns out. I used to replace just the one but usually the other would go within a couple of months. Now, I just replace them both. ...
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Golf VI - September 2009 - Replace halogen headlight with Xenon

I really do hope the someone can help me since I'm getting all kinds of feedbacks from colleagues and the web... And all of them are different! I currently live in Germany and some days ago I was ...
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Audi A4 '05 strange electrical problem?

Actually, I don't even know if it's a problem or a feature. I've seen that if I forget my indicators on (either left or right) and remove the keys + close the door the headlights and the back lights ...
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Kia Soul aftermarket headlights

What are the options (in Canada) for aftermarket headlights, e.g. HID, etc. for the Kia Soul? I find the Soul's headlights to be lacking, and I would like to get something brighter since I do quite a ...
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2003 Honda Accord - driver side low beam light bulb replacement

I've been researching this because I figured that I can do this myself. I was able to change the passenger side one once before. On the driver side, the battery is in the way so it is impossible to ...
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1987 Yamaha FZ700 headlights not working

I recently bought a 1987 Yamaha fz700, and the owner said the headlights didn't work, and I can't figure out what's wrong. We checked some of the wiring out, and the bulb connectors have no power ...
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Low beam headlights out, High beam working

The patient is a 1996 Chevrolet Caprice with dual-filament bulbs. Both filaments in both bulbs light up in high beam mode, but no filament on either bulb lights up in low beam mode. What could be ...
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How do I replace a bulb in a Ford Focus?

One of the bulbs in my front passenger side headlamp has blown. It's not the side light or the main beam but the other one that would be used in normal night use. I have a couple of questions ...
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Best way to cover up the vents on a headlight that leak?

My aftermarket headlights that I just purchased have had problems with condensation for some time now. All the rubber covers around where the bulbs are place are sealed tight and installed correctly. ...
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Repair broken headlight mounting bracket 2007 Toyota Tacoma

I have recently hit a deer and it broke the top two brackets that are holding the headlight in place. The brackets are actually plastic and are integrated (plastic welded?) into the light housing. ...
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Shorted electrical, lots of things not working

I was installing a boost gauge, and must've shorted something out because now my turn signals, fog lights, ac blower, and wipers don't work. I checked the fuses but they weren't blown. How can I ...
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Which areas of a car is most susceptible to rock chips?

I'm looking at adding a paint protection film (aka clear bra) and come to realize the areas that requires coverage may depend from car to car (e.g.: Mazda CX-5 vs. Tesla). Different aerodynamics, ...
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Turtle wax headlight restorer kit not drying

Is used the Turtle wax headlight restorer kit to remove the yellowish haze from my headlights. I followed the instructions and as the last steps I applied the "basecoat" wipe, after a few minutes it ...
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Honoring A Recall

I recently bought a 2005 Suzuki Reno and have been having some headlight problems. I noticed that there was a recall on them (for headlight problems) back in 2007 and again in August 2012. The CarFax ...
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What xenon discharge tube goes to Mercedes B 180CDi (2009)

I have a Mercedes Benz class B 180CDi from year 2009. I ordered a D2S High Intensity Discharge tube with a note that it should be compatible with my car. The seller answered that I should order D1S ...
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2010 Mercury Milan Headlight alignment

Is there any way to adjust the vertical alignment of the headlights on my Milan? The driver's side headlight shines up too high. Also, there is a dark spot in the middle of the beam. Could these two ...
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Headlight bulb continually breaking

A Jeep Grand Cherokee 1998 had a broken headlight. I replaced the bulb, and noticed that the glass had shattered. The new bulb broke soon, also shattered. Any idea what's going on?
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Is a temporary covering required/recommended around a broken headlight?

My 2009 chevy Silverado must have gotten hit in a parking lot (Florida), the drivers side headlamp is shattered.shattered headlamp A replacement is on order. I've seen people cover broken brake and ...
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Which relay to use for bike headlight

I have Bajaj Pulsar 180 UG4, it has a 35 watt HS1 Helonix headlamp bulb. I want to upgrade the stock headlight to make it brighter, so I found H4 Xenon bulb 60/65 watt. I asked this question question ...
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what are the methodes to improve head lights of a car?

please advise me to improve my head light for better lighting. original toyota carina AT 150 square type 55W lamps available and its difficult to drive in city areas and also rainy and misty areas. ...
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How to fix weak headlight

Since I bought my civic 1997, a year ago, the driver side headlight has been shining weak. I changed the bulb once, it still shows weak. I took it to the electrician, he turned a nut tight and it ...
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motorcycle headlight with single SPDT relay

I have bike with 35 watt HS1 bulb and I want to upgrade brightness of headlight so I decided to put H4 60/65 watt xenon bulb. An expert on this forum suggested me to use relays as the new bulb ...
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Low beams don't work on VW Golf MK3

On my 1996 Golf MK3, the low beams stopped working. I checked the fuses, that's not it (swapped 1 & 2, low beams, for 11 & 12, high beams). I wiggled the ignition switch and the headlights ...
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Standard headlight socket type for 2006 Forester

I'm confused. I bought replacement bulbs from Amazon that it assured me were correct for my car. After they arrived I realized they were the wrong socket type. I researched socket types and determined ...
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Alternative to Bajaj Pulsar 180 UG4 stock headlamp

I am from India and I own a Bajaj Pulsar 180 UG4 2012 motorcycle. I travel on the highway while coming back home from the office at night. I am not satisfied with the brightness of my stock head lamp, ...
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How do I change a headlight bulb in my 1996 subaru wagon? (outback)

I looked up online how to do this and got two decent resources - one is a video and one is a text description. Unfortunately the video does not show what I have in my car. My car has some kind of ...
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How do you change the headlights of a 2001 VW Passat?

After popping the hood, it is not immediately obvious how/where the headlights are. How do you get access to them?