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I keep blowing headlights!!!!

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by namylevets, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. Jan 19, 2010 at 6:49 PM
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    namylevets

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    06 Tacoma. I am going thru headlights at a rate of 1 every 2 months. WFT!! @ $15-25 a pop I'm getting pissed. I've tryed the expensive one's the cheap ones, I don't touch the glass of the bulb...Anyone else having this problem? Does anyone know why this could be?
     
  2. Jan 19, 2010 at 7:12 PM
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    Thats really weird... maybe something is wrong with the electrical system and it sends to much voltage to the light which in turn blows the bulb? I have never heard of this, i'd say take it to the dealer unfortunately.
     
  3. Jan 19, 2010 at 7:17 PM
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    frozen_taco

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    i have that same prob with my fog lamps they actually blow up.
     
  4. Jan 19, 2010 at 7:22 PM
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    Do you get water or moisture in them? I know that i got water in mine while is was on and it blew up.
     
  5. Jan 19, 2010 at 7:24 PM
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    dually

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    Not as many as the 98..
    Stop touching the bulb itself?
     
  6. Jan 19, 2010 at 7:26 PM
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    "I keep blowing headlights!!!!"

    Be careful you don't cut your lips on the glass. :)

    Sorry -- couldn't resist.
     
  7. Jan 19, 2010 at 7:29 PM
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    totmacher

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    when you say that you've tried cheap, expensive, and so on... Did the original stock bulb go out or is it only aftermarket bulbs that are going out?

    I've never had a set "whiter" or "brighter" aftermarket bulbs last more than about a year before one went out. That goes for this truck and the chevy I had before.
     
  8. Jan 19, 2010 at 8:01 PM
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    ^^Agreed. Stick to OEMs.
     
  9. Jan 20, 2010 at 11:20 AM
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    Sylvania "silverstar" is what I'm using...I don't believe it's the fact they are defective or cheaply made, I'ts gotta be something with the truck.
     
  10. Jan 20, 2010 at 11:22 AM
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    hahahaha I was gonna post the same thing......but ya beat me to it.:D
     
  11. Jan 20, 2010 at 11:27 AM
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    You could have a wire rubbin/shorting out.
     
  12. Jan 20, 2010 at 11:30 AM
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    It has to be something with the truck.. the only reason why is I just had pulled out my fog bulbs (1st owner for two years) and they are still good.. now I know the headlight bulbs and fogs are completely different....also toyota uses Sylvania..so technically, its OEM..
     
  13. Jan 20, 2010 at 11:31 AM
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    Just went thru this too. I have the Hella bulbs and one burned on me the other night. Lasted almost a year. We'll see if i they burn again, I'll be going back to OEM :(
     
  14. Jan 20, 2010 at 11:38 AM
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    ^^ Freaking THIS!

    Do not, under any circumstances, touch the glass of the bulb with your fingers. The oil deposited creates a hot spot and will blow the bulb in under a month's time.

    If you do touch the glass, completely clean it with rubbing alcohol before installing. Even then, keep a spare around.
     
  15. Jan 20, 2010 at 11:40 AM
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    BTW, is it always the same side or do both headlights tend to go out?
     
  16. Jan 20, 2010 at 11:42 AM
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    Is the fuse properly sized?
     
  17. Jan 20, 2010 at 11:42 AM
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    My buddy uses after market bulbs they they blow on him every six months. I've always stuck with OEM and I think I've had to replace one in the past 10 years.
     
  18. Jan 20, 2010 at 11:44 AM
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    Dammit! Everyone beat me to it!
     
  19. Jan 20, 2010 at 11:47 AM
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    Do you have a voltmeter or cheap alternator meter you could watch while you're driving around?
     
  20. Jan 20, 2010 at 12:31 PM
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    are there any oem bulbs that are as bright as the silverstar afternmarket "white" lights?
     
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