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Headlights: Ever Get Pulled Over for a Burned-Out Bulb?

Headlights: Ever Get Pulled Over for a Burned-Out Bulb?

Who is checking the bulbs on your vehicle?

When your vehicle goes into a shop are they checking everything? We hear stories all the time about people getting pulled over for a bulb that wasn’t working; often they didn’t even know the bulb was out. Those bulbs include:

  • Headlight
  • Turn signal
  • Running light
  • Brake light
  • License plate light
  • Fog light
  • Hazard lights
  • Tail light
  • Interior driving lamps

Headlight Bulb, Burned Out, Carz R Us Machesney Park_IL

Headlight Bulb Burned Out Carz R Us Machesney Park_IL


Whose job is it to check these bulbs?

It is always the driver’s responsibility to have working lights. However, it is quite challenging to check your brake lights while you are driving. So, how does Carz R’ Us handle this? We check your bulbs every time the vehicle comes in for service and send you pictures in our Digital Vehicle Health Inspection showing you any bulbs that are not working properly. You can then make an informed decision about replacement.

The reason we check all the bulbs on your vehicle is to help you avoid potential safety concerns as well as any fines that may be assessed. If a brake light doesn’t work, or, worse yet, all the brake lights don’t work, this can be a direct cause of an accident. This may be some sort of electrical issue or just normal wear and tear, but if you have the knowledge and ability to fix it you could save someone’s life.

Do bulbs give indications that they are not working?

Some bulbs give you signs they are not working like when the turn signal flashes very quickly on the side that the bulb is out. However, it doesn’t indicate front or rear. Some vehicles will have indications on the dash telling you a bulb is out, but that is only certain makes and models. For the most part this just needs to be handled the old fashion way; check them and make sure they work. If you are not sure what bulbs should be on and when they should be on this can be tricky.

Is this a do-it-yourself project?

This completely depends on your abilities and the vehicle on which you will be working. Some bulbs are very easy to change, but some require the entire bumper cover, wheel well, or other components to be removed from the car. If you have the tools and knowledge to tackle these do so, but many people don’t want to mess with this labor intensive of a job. If you are going to take on a project like this remember a couple tips: don’t touch the bulb with your fingers (use a cloth or something that will not damage the bulb when touching it) and worse case it is not just a bulb what are your plans?

It may be very easy to replace a bulb, but sometimes it is something electrical shorting out the bulb. If you are not comfortable handling this, you may not want to start the project. If you do decide to take on the project and it requires a significant amount of parts to be removed, we strongly urge you to consider “do I want to do this all over again when another bulb burns out?” If the answer is no, then replace all the bulbs in that assembly.

Headlight Bulb Socket Carz R Us Machesney Park_IL

Burned Fuse Carz R Us Machesney Park_IL


Bulb Replacement

Bulb replacement seems like something that anyone can handle, and it is “easy”. However, with more and more components in the way and specialty tools needed to reach bolts that you can’t even see it can be very challenging. The headlight assemblies on cars can go upwards of several thousand dollars so if you are not confident in the job don’t try it. You don’t want to find out you damaged a component and the $60 bulb replacement has now turned into a $500 job.

At Carz R’ Us, we’re always here to help with jobs big and small. If you need a bulb replacement in your vehicle, schedule your appointment today.

Posted in: Brake Lghts, Fog Lights, Headlights, License Plate Light, Lights, Running Light, Taillights, Turn Signal

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