Car Head Lights

Romulan

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It being winter, I notice a great deal of issues with faulty highlights on cars.
I call them one eyed jacks.

And usually when one light is broken, the other is on high beam.
A driver has to know when a headlight is faulty.

I often wonder whether every car with a broken headlight should be flashed by other drivers.
It might encourage the driver to get it sorted or just carry spare bulbs.

Do Roads Policing just ignore these cars?
 

Sunny

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As I recently found out, the days of carrying around bulbs are gone. Recently had to replace two at €215 a pop. Modern technology at its finest. It is annoying though.
 

Romulan

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That must be the modern ones that blind you so..............you think they are on beams but no.
 

Palerider

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These are everywhere, some cars have bulbs/xenons/led's that are not easy or in some cases possible to fit at home, it does appear to be a bigger issue this winter as I have noticed it myself many times, all the Garda can do is stop them and advise them to have it rectified, after all it could have just happened, a vehicle coming to repeat attention would be dealt with I'd like to think.
 

Palerider

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These are everywhere, some cars have bulbs/xenons/led's that are not easy or in some cases possible to fit at home, it does appear to be a bigger issue this winter as I have noticed it myself many times, all the Garda can do is stop them and advise them to have it rectified, after all it could have just happened, a vehicle coming to repeat attention would be dealt with I'd like to think.
 

Leper

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We bought our first Ford Escort in 1978. Any bulb that needed replacing even Mrs Lep could do the job and for a few pence. We bought newer cars as the years went by and it got considerably more difficult to replace car bulbs. Still I do the job myself and a job that used to take five minutes or less now takes about an hour per front headlamp. Even the rear lights take up to an hour each to replace. I buy the spare bulbs in Aldi whenever they become available.

Sunny replaced two bulbs @ €215.00 each. That's serious money for the job.
 

RedOnion

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unny replaced two bulbs @ €215.00 each. That's serious money for the job.
There are several car models where replacing bulb requires removing the entire headlight unit, and easiest way is to remove the bumper. I've seen other accessible through the wheel arch which is also time consuming. 200 quid wouldn't be unusual for those situations.
 

Seagull

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There is no way I would be able to replace the headlight bulbs on either of our cars. Having said that, I would be aware that the bulb is gone, and get it replaced as soon as I could. Opel don't charge labour for replacing headlight bulbs, so it was only €20 to get it done.

They changed the law some years back to make it an on-the-spot fine for having headlights out, and no leniency. I think that was going a little too far in that they should write you up, and give you 2 days to present your car with working lights. I'd hate to be done for a blown bulb on the day it happened.
 

odyssey06

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They changed the law some years back to make it an on-the-spot fine for having headlights out, and no leniency. I think that was going a little too far in that they should write you up, and give you 2 days to present your car with working lights. I'd hate to be done for a blown bulb on the day it happened.
And at the same time they allow vehicles to be sold in the country where the headlights can't be changed without recourse to a garage.
Ludicrous stuff.
 

losttheplot

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I wonder will headlights be included in the new Right to Repair directive from the EU. Once spent an hour changing a bulb, had to remove the battery. Listed under roadside maintenance in the manual.
 

Romulan

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I wonder will headlights be included in the new Right to Repair directive from the EU. Once spent an hour changing a bulb, had to remove the battery. Listed under roadside maintenance in the manual.
Yes I do recall having to give up on a 2006 Yaris after nearly 2 hours of efforts on one side.
It needed a ramp for the passenger side.

Bring back classic cars! 2 minutes job on the older BMWs
 
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