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Stupid headlight burned out.

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by bobwilson1977, Oct 12, 2009.

  1. Oct 12, 2009 at 1:42 PM
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    bobwilson1977

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    I just replaced my old factory original lights last year. I was on my way to an interview and wouldn't you know one of them was already burned out? That seems wrong.
     
  2. Oct 12, 2009 at 2:09 PM
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    Did you touch the bulbs with your fingers?
     
  3. Oct 12, 2009 at 2:10 PM
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    none except for crappy hub caps and floor mats.
    These are the old school sealed beam lights. So you can't touch them. It just seems crazy to me that a headlight could burn out in one year versus the previous 13 the originals lasted.
     
  4. Oct 12, 2009 at 6:21 PM
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    non-OEM parts never last as long as OEM, but 1 year is pretty bad, are they cheap? I got a pair of sylvania silverstar sealed beams on another toyota of mine and one them finally burned out after 5 years and they are bright as hell, I wouldn't use any other sealed beam again!
     
  5. Oct 12, 2009 at 8:16 PM
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    I finally had one burn out about this time last year and had to replace the stock bulb so I replaced both of them with those super bright white or whatever they are I think sylvania and they lasted about 6 months and both went out about a week apart and I was very careful not to touch the lens so who knows!
     
  6. Oct 12, 2009 at 8:22 PM
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    HMMM. Could it have been a short or something. Wouldn't think iit would be a fuse since just one went out. Doesn't hurt to check though.
     
  7. Oct 20, 2013 at 10:10 PM
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    a year?!
    i just got pulled over 20 minutes ago because my passenger headlight is out
    i replaced it last freaking week

    it was a $9 sylvania from Autozone; but, i was hoping for more than a week

    anyone got an idea of what the deal is?
    i'm not the smartest person in the world; but, there's literally only way one you can hook these things up
    (1st Gen - solid sealed assembly; so, no, i didn't touch the bulb)

    4 year thread resurrection, like whoa
     
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  8. Oct 20, 2013 at 11:32 PM
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    just shined a flashlight inside the assembly; it's definately blown all to pieces, not just burned out

    seems to me like if i'm getting power surges strong enough to blow bulbs i'd likely be snapping a fuse too (first?) :confused::confused:
    also seems like it wouldn't just be that one side (passenger), if that was the case :confused::confused:

    think this is just a lemon $9 headlight assembly?
     
  9. Oct 20, 2013 at 11:37 PM
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    It sounds like a lemon.
     
  10. Oct 21, 2013 at 12:10 AM
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    Thanks, man
    Hope that's it - makes the most sense to me
    But, I'm not very savvy on automotive electric systems

    I hope I don't keep going through them, cause every time I have to take off the grille, one more of those dinky clips breaks
    She's only held on by a few random clips now - gonna have to invest in some zip ties. haha

    Any one else have some input?
     
  11. Oct 21, 2013 at 3:38 AM
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    Welcome to the world of Chinese crap. Start paying attention to how fast light bulbs burn out in your house. Incandescents last about 4 months. CFLs last about 9 months, and I had an LED last one day.

    It's either because it is made in China or it's engineered to fail.
     
  12. Oct 21, 2013 at 3:43 AM
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    Change em out again and if it happens again then it could be a short somewhere. But if that was the case I would think a fuse would go out to right? You could always upgrade to some flashtech HIDs. Ive had them in every one of my vehicles and never had a problem.
     
  13. Oct 21, 2013 at 3:47 AM
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    that was extremely helpful, i had never considered noticing how fast bulbs explode into a million pieces in my own household before
    i'm sure future alertness to this will solve the mystery of why my tacoma shattered a bulb within a week
    it will also greatly save on the amount of money i've been spending to get all of that blood professionally cleaned out of my carpet every month; now that i know where all those shards of glass that i'm always stepping on in the dark are coming from
    thanks :thumbsup:
     
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  14. Oct 21, 2013 at 4:06 AM
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    Yes, that's my thought
    I work graveyard and drive almost exclusively in the dark; so, I have to replace it TODAY or I'm getting pulled over again tonight
    My only option is getting an OEM from the dealer; or getting another autozone Sylvania special
    Guess, which one I'm doing?

    We'll see if it pops again
     
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