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Both of my headlights burned out about the same time a year and a half ago. I then replaced a few months ago, now the other one blew. It seems that these two lights both burned out too soon. Possible diagnosis?

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  • cmn321 Dec 17, 2008

    I have replaced both passenger and driver headlights 3 x within a month. Turn on the engine, turn on lights, and poof, they blow. Sometimes they get bright right before they blow. Alternator problem? Help!

  • Anonymous Dec 18, 2008

    Mine has done the same thing. When I talked to the dealer (after replacing them for the second time) I was surprised to find that they are covered under the 5 year 60K warranty. Unfortunately the only thing the dealer could tell me is that all replacement bulbs are ****. We've quit leaving the lights on all the time and instead manually turn them on and off. This has kept the bulbs good through the last year.

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I've got a 2001 Elantra that "eats" headlights. Within the last five years, I've probably replaced both headlights 10-15 times. Last time I bought bulbs, the clerk at the Auto Zone recommended coating the connection points of the bulbs in electrical grease (which is different than regular grease). It's usually sold in small foil packages at the check-outs. Anyway, this seemed to prolong the life of the bulbs by 3-4 times. It's a cheap fix that didn't completely solved the problem, but sure cut down on the number of bulb replacements.

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