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2004 kia spectra-headlights blow

Checked alternator on and off car and it is putting out 14.5v, but the same voltage is going to my driving lights(headlights) blowing lamps

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The lights should be able to handle well over 16 volts before blowing. How often do they go out? What brand of bulb a you using. Do your headlights bounce when you drive down the road. Is the connector for the headlights in good shape with no burnt pins. Are you touching the glass of the bulb with your fingers when you install it?

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THIS HAS GOT TO BE A KIA ISSUE!!! I've only had my kia a year and 4 months and have had to change both headlights TWICe possibly one side three times!!! AND every time the DEALER changes them NOT me soo its not like I am touching the bulb!!! I can't flipping get to the damn lights or I would change it on my own cause it cost me 35 bucks each time!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm FED up with changing these bulbs EVERY several months. Anyone have any suggestions on who we can connect about this....it MUSt be a kia issue!!! There is NO WAY this should be happening!!!

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Okay guy's and Gal's, another question on my Daughters 2004 Kia spectra. If the alternator isn't putting enough juice back in the battery, could it blow out head lights in 6 to 8 weeks?


no
however if the voltage is exceed by a faulty regulator, that is a possibility
the same that a faulty regulator will make it appear as not enough charging current by over heating the battery and making it appear to loose charge from damaged plates
to eliminate the alternator and regulator have them bench tested by an accredited auto electrician
what can blow bulbs if everything checks out is
loose bulb connections
bad /dirty ground points
loose wires and connections
to do this it is necessary that current has mass just like water and if the flow of that mass is interrupted it creates an a arc with a sharp rise in current and voltage ( surge )that has the possibility to over load the bulb filaments causing them to burn out
another thing to consider is the quality of the bulbs in use
El-cheapo's look the same but are prone to early failure so consider brand name from a long time reliable manufacturer

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