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Headlight keeps burning out

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Flip_Pallot, Nov 12, 2010.

  1. Nov 12, 2010 at 8:41 AM
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    Flip_Pallot

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    Well, my left headlight has burned out twice in about a month in a half. Initially it was the stock bulb, then it burned out. Put in Silverstars, burned out in about a month and half. Both times it's only on the driver side. Any ideas? Possible grounding issues maybe or just bad luck?
    Thanks
     
  2. Nov 12, 2010 at 8:43 AM
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    chris4x4

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    Make sure you are not touching the bulbs (glass) with your fingers.
     
  3. Nov 12, 2010 at 11:10 AM
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    Yea, thats not the issue. I'm super careful about that
     
  4. Nov 15, 2010 at 3:18 PM
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    I once had the same problem on an old GMC pickup. It turned out to be a bad plug-in where it hooks to the sealed beam and the resulting low voltage shortened the life of the headlight. Yours could be a similar problem, although I couldn't tell you how to check it on your pickup. I'll betcha someone on the forum can help, though.
     
  5. Nov 16, 2010 at 10:53 AM
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    Thanks man I'll look into it. I had a feeling it was something along the lines of it getting too much power or not enough
     
  6. Nov 16, 2010 at 11:01 AM
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    You may also have a loose connection somewhere that is causing intermittent transient voltage levels. (brighter/dimmer)....which can also shorten your bulb life...but also understand that the silverstars have a shorter life that standard bulbs...but....They should not be THAT short!
     
  7. Feb 26, 2012 at 11:12 PM
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    I have the same issue my left head light burns out about every 2 to three months even when i put hids in it still burned out the left side did you ever find out what was causing it.
     
  8. May 6, 2012 at 8:26 PM
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    I am having the same issues with the driver side low beam. Any one know what the deal is yet?
     
  9. May 6, 2012 at 9:35 PM
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    Just checked resistance. Again it is the driver side low beam that is burning out. Checked the pigtail on the driver side and resitance from ground to low beam is 0.7 ohms, hi beam is 0.5 ohms. When I check all three on the pig tail to the body ground, they all show a resistance of 670 ohms. So I went to the passenger side to check that pigtail, resistance from ground to low beam is 150 ohms. This is considerably higher than the rest, yet the low beam on that side still works. Resistance from ground to hi beam was the same as the driver side at 0.5 ohms. Did the same test from pig tail to body ground, the hi beam and ground to the body ground was 670 ohms, but the low beam was 850 ohms. I am not an electrical trouble shooting guy at all, but I do know that this isn't right. Any advice or just a finger in the right direction would be helpful. Thanks.
     
  10. Nov 2, 2012 at 8:35 PM
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    I have an 07 same problem on the drivers side. I put in like not kidding 15 sets of all kinds of bulbs hids different brands same thing drivers side.
     
  11. Feb 11, 2014 at 5:22 AM
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    I've been replacing bulbs about every 6-10 months one at a time as they burn out; both sides. I've started keeping a two spare bulbs in the truck at all times. I've never had a vehicle go through as many headlight bulbs as my 2006 does. At $30 a set it's not crazy expensive, but I'm mad that it happens. I haven't been able to identify any pattern and the enclosures, seals, and wiring appear to be in good shape.
     
  12. Feb 11, 2014 at 6:59 PM
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    I've just bought my fourth in 3 months. my originals lasted 4+ years. I've searched the forum but have not found a solution. Thoughts?:confused:
     
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