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    Question Headlights blowing on 2002 Elantra GLS

    I've had my Elantra about 2.5 years... In October, the driver's side low beam burned out - first time since owning the car. I had it replaced during an oil change. 2 weeks later, it was burned out again. Took it to the dealer, they replaced it, and so far so good. Yesterday, the passenger side low beam burned out.

    I do leave the lights on all the time, even during the day. Is this just a problem with the bulbs, or a signal of a larger electrical or other problem??
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    Default Re: Headlights blowing on 2002 Elantra GLS

    my suggestion is to turn the lights of during the day and switch em off before you turn off the car, works for me as for a larger electrical problem...beats me

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    Default Re: Headlights blowing on 2002 Elantra GLS

    Lot of people are having headlight problems, if you're still within you're warranty, the dealer will replace the blown out one. But only the blown out one. Which makes me mad, cause the lights aren't at the same strength then.

    I've started replacing my own, it costs a few dollars, but worth not having to go out of my way to the dealership every time. I've had mine since Feb 03 and had to replace 2 of them so far.

    Oh yeah, I usually run mine constantly also. My wife has a Sonata and same thing...both cars are easy to change, as long as you pull the headlight assembly.

    Here's one of the newest threads on this issue . . . http://www.elantraxd.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5396
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    if the people doing the oil change replaced the bulb and it blew two weeks later, my bet is that they didn't wear clean gloves when replacing it. they probably got trace amounts of oil residue on it, which will heat up and cause the bulb to blow out quickly.
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    im w/ SPB...ive always been told to never touch a halogen bulb, caus oil can get on the bulb, and will blow it...when i changed my lights a couple weeks ago, i didnt have gloves, but i made sure to only touch the glass w/ a papertowel, and only touch the matted gray area w/ my hands
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    Default Re: Headlights blowing on 2002 Elantra GLS

    Many people with XDs have this problem. It's why I stopped wasting money on PIAA bulbs.

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    Default Re: Headlights blowing on 2002 Elantra GLS

    Quote Originally Posted by TheWickedestOne
    Many people with XDs have this problem. It's why I stopped wasting money on PIAA bulbs.
    amen, brother. that's why i stick to stock bulbs. hey, they're FREE. they are a WARRANTY item (i've had three replaced already for free). and they're really not bad (brightness-wise) compared with a lot of other car's stock bulbs!
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    Default Re: Headlights blowing on 2002 Elantra GLS

    also, just to point out that any bulb has a hour life... they only burn for a set amount of time. you don't have daytime running lights which use different designs of bulbs to be run at all times. You are just burning the life of your bulb by keeping them on all the time...

    just my 2¢

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    Default Re: Headlights blowing on 2002 Elantra GLS

    sed, the bulbs in my 93 protege lasted 10 years and never blew out once. granted, i didn't have them on all the time when i drove, but they have had many more hours of "on" time then the bulbs in my elantra. so the longevity of bulbs must vary tremendously between manufacturers. the key is to find the mfr who has really long lasting bulbs.
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    Default Re: Headlights blowing on 2002 Elantra GLS

    yeah, hyundai skimped a lot on the r&d of their cars... makes sense they would go the cheap route y do u think they warranty bulbs sso long? nicoles toyota had a 3/36 on bulbs and electronics

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    Default Re: Headlights blowing on 2002 Elantra GLS

    i can't answer that... only the execs at HMA can answer the hows and why's of their decision on that. the funny thing is, the headlight and fog light bulbs are covered under the 5/60 B2B, but all the other bulbs are only 12/12 warranted. go figure... at least it's the pricey bulbs that are covered...
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    Default Re: Headlights blowing on 2002 Elantra GLS

    cause they new they would blow is the only explantaion that makes sense to me...

    they new they sucked and ppl would ***** all day about it, so they warrentied them..

    ahwell

    im past all warranties anyway

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    Thanks y'all. I'll truck up to the dealer and have them replace it and then try keeping my lights off during the daytime. Maybe I can get the left one to blow again so they can replace both at once! lol

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    Default Re: Headlights blowing on 2002 Elantra GLS

    I had one go out, and I replaced it. a week or so afterwards, the other one went out. I happened to take it to the dealership while the light was out and the replaced both for free to my surprise. The guy told me that the headlights should ALWAYS be replaced at the same time. When one goes, it puts additional electrical load on the other one. This is why it seems like one goes out not long after the other one.


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    Default Re: Headlights blowing on 2002 Elantra GLS

    I guess that means Elantras are just supposed to come with HIDs.

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    Default Re: Headlights blowing on 2002 Elantra GLS

    Quote Originally Posted by mrhoaf
    When one goes, it puts additional electrical load on the other one. This is why it seems like one goes out not long after the other one.
    that is complete nonsense. the load on each bulb does not vary depending on the other bulbs.
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    Default Re: Headlights blowing on 2002 Elantra GLS

    ^^^

    i don't know why, but that struke me as really funny

    that is complete nonsense! lol hehehe

    but the point is true, its not like there is a spike in electical current because one bulb burned out... if that was the case, what would happen if my 80 amp fuse blew on my system?? the "higher load" would burn out every piece of electronics in my car lol

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    My suggestion, let the car cool, pull the bulbs out, and wipe them on your nose, then go to the dealership the next week.

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    HAHAH! good plan.

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    Default Re: Headlights blowing on 2002 Elantra GLS

    I was replacing 1 stock bulb every 6 months. I bought some of those HID look a likes and haven't replaced them yet, 1.5 years later. But I will be going and getting something else because they are really starting to bug me, they are not bright enough.
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