Headlights

May 10, 2017

Headlight Inspections are Important for your Vehicle

    The headlights on your vehicle play an important role in terms of the overall safety and performance of your vehicle. The headlights help provide better visibility while driving not only at night, but also during the day and while experiencing rainy or foggy conditions. When it comes time to replace your headlight bulbs you can start by lifting the hood and taking off the headlight cover. Then you will take off the old light bulb and replace it with the new one and replace the headlight cover. After the replacement of the new bulbs has been done check to make sure both headlights are working properly. Your taillights should not go unnoticed either. These should be inspected too for not only your safety but for others as well. Also, check your blinker lights to make sure they are properly working. These bulbs can be replaced just as easily as your headlights can.   Since you are the one driving, you might not know when your bulbs need replacing. This is especially true for the taillights. You can find out by pulling the vehicle into a dimly lit area or garage, turn on your lights and see if you can see both headlights light up. It is just as important to check your high beams as well. If neither of them turns on or if you cannot tell a difference between the high and low beams then this is an indicator that your bulbs might be burnt out or almost there. By checking your light bulbs this way, it is safer because you are not driving down the road at night and not being able to see when it is too late.   The size and type of bulb your car takes is dependent on the specifics of your car. The year of your car was made is important to the bulb size as well as the model of car. If you are unsure of either of these, then check your owner’s manual for the appropriate year and model. Picking out the right bulb is important too. LED (light emitting diodes) lighting is more advanced that HID lighting. This type of bulb is extremely bright and very long lasting.   Over time your headlights can begin to look foggy from dirt and grime that has built up. This can also make it more difficult to see as your headlights are dimmed. You can rub the outside cover with toothpaste and a cloth until the dirt comes off. If that does not work then you might have to take off the headlight cover completely and wipe them clean. Making sure that the lights on your car are working properly is essential. Regularly performing a light inspection on your vehicle will help you to catch any problems there might be with your lights. Proper lights can help keep you safe while on the road. If you notice an issue with your vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment so we can […]
November 15, 2016

Inspecting the Lights of your Vehicle

  It is important to make sure your vehicle is as safe as it can be, and that safety also includes checking the blinkers, headlights and taillights. These are an important safety feature on your vehicle that can sometimes be overlooked. While checking your headlights can be easy, you should always find a safe place to park, and then get out to make sure your headlights, parking lights, and even blinkers are working properly. While doing this, you can check the taillights as well.   Light-emitting diode, or LED light bulbs provide higher visibility at night, which will help ensure better safety for everyone involved. They often double or triple the range of standard lights used. LED lights are built with several light bulb systems rather than the single bulb in other fixtures. LED lights also help to make vehicles easier to spot in the dark by drivers that are following behind them. From a safety standpoint alone, LED lights greatly improve overall night driving. These lights also require only a minimum amount of energy to function, which creates less strain on the electrical system. Unlike traditional incandescent counterparts, LED lights are less susceptible to breaking because they do not have the filament and the heat they produce is at a higher concentration. The initial cost for LED lights is slightly higher, but in the long run the cost pays for itself. They last longer which means you will have to replace the bulbs less often. Besides LED bulbs, you can use Halogen bulbs for your vehicle’s lights. The halogen bulb’s tungsten filament is contained inside an atmospheric vacuum so it burns at a much higher temperature than others. It also generates a whiter light, which is also brighter. The filament is also strengthened because of the bromine and iodine that are inside the bulb. Halogen bulbs perform at a higher and consistent output throughout their lives.   If you have a blinker that goes out, it could be dangerous for everyone. If this happens, vehicles around you will not know when you are turning, which can lead to an accident. If you have both taillights or both headlights go out at the same time other drivers on the road are impaired and it is unsafe for all parties. Making sure your lights are working properly can save your life as well as those around you.      
June 24, 2016

Replacing Broken Lights on the Vehicle

    It is easier than you might think to smash a headlight or taillight on your car. You might reverse into a parking space and not see a pillar or rail sticking out ready to crunch into your taillight. If this happens, always make sure to replace the taillight or headlight as soon as you can. If a light is smashed and damaged, chances are the blinker will not work as well. This is a safety hazard because the vehicles around you will not know which way you would be turning. This can also lead to an accident that could have been prevented.   Check the Lights Regularly   If the bulb has been smashed you will need to replace it. If you do not do so, you could be stopped by the police and asked to replace it. You may even get a ticket in some cases. The same applies to the actual casing around the bulb. If half of it is missing and the other half is in tiny shards, you are not going to be able to do a proper repair job. However, you might occasionally get lucky and find that your taillight is merely scratched or cracked. If this is the case a minor repair job may be all that is needed to repair it sufficiently.   Improving Safety   Another important thing to think about if you do have a smashed headlight or taillight is that it will reduce your level of safety on the road today. Also make sure that the headlights are aligned properly. If the headlight is facing the center of the road you might think this would not be a problem. This can cause an issue because other people will be less likely to see where you are. Having the lights fixed can improve the safety and reliability of the vehicle.