Tag: headlights

37 Posts

Dark street
Nov 10, 2017

The Least Wonderful Time of the Year

J.C. Howard

A Public Service Announcement about phantom vehicles

headlights

Switch or Bulbs to Blame for Low-Beam Outages
Sep 07, 2017

Switch or Bulbs to Blame for Low-Beam Outages?

Dear Car Talk

Ken's second Solara is just as fussy as his first with its failing HID headlights. What should his mechanic check first?

headlights 2007

May 11, 2017

The Toothpaste Cure: Two Paths to Better Headlights

Jim Motavalli

Yes, toothpaste really is useful to clean your headlights, and if that's too weird you can buy a commercial restoration kit. I tried one out, and here's the results.

cleaning DIY headlights

Feb 07, 2017

Adaptive Headlights Got Their Inspiration from an Oldie

Dear Car Talk

Remember the 1948 Tucker? Modern car designers do, and they're using adaptive lighting to improve safety.

headlights safety

does scrubbing the headlamps at a gas station scratch them
Aug 01, 2016

Scrub Those Headlights -- Or Gently Bathe Them?

Dear Car Talk

Ronald and his wife are arguing about cleaning--but it's about their car's headlights, not the dishes. Who's going to win?

cleaning headlights

GMC Sierra pickup trucks with headlight problems
Feb 08, 2016

Turd of the Week: Projector-Beam Headlights

Car Talk Car Complaints

"If I had driven this truck at night before buying it, I would have not purchased it." This week's loser, right here. 

headlights GMC Sierra 1500 2014 2015

Reason for headlights on/off switch on modern cars
Jan 07, 2016

What's the Point of an On/Off Switch Anymore?

Dear Car Talk

Rachel's car has automatic headlights, and it got her wondering about the point of the on/off switch. Is this feature outdated? Car Talk's take, right here.

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what's a permanent fix for headlights that go out but come on with a whack
Apr 25, 2013

Headlight Trouble? Just Pound On the Hood

Dear Car Talk

Steve's headlight is acting up, but he discovered that if he smacks the top of the hood the light will reliably turn on and stay on. Can Tom and Ray explain what's causing this, and whether or not Steve can trust this as a long term solution? 

headlights

Should I have my headlights on always
Aug 01, 2010

Headlights on during daylight hours? See what Tom and Ray say.

Dear Car Talk

I enjoy your column every week. In our cars, the headlights turn off automatically when we exit the vehicle, so there's no danger of leaving the lights on and draining the battery. So my wife and I just leave...

headlights safe driving tips

Apr 01, 2007

Today: what's the best way to let someone know their headlights are off?

Dear Car Talk

The other night just after dusk, I was driving and noticed a dark-colored car driving behind me in the same direction that didn't have its headlights on. It was actually difficult to see the car except when it passed directly...

headlights safety