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Old 01-19-2005, 02:59 PM   #1
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Default Cold temp resulting in 2 burnt headlight bulbs???

Last night was pretty cold in MA. On my way home from work, my headlights seemed fine. I got home around 5:30 and hung out until about 9pm. I drove to the gym and the headlights seemed fine then too but at around 10pm, as I'm pulling out of the parking lot, I notice in the reflection of some windows that my headlights aren't on. Only my foglights are on. My high beams seem to work fine but both of my headlights are out.

Could cold temperature do this? My headlights are Sylvania Silverstars. My fiance has been running Silverstars on her car longer than I have and hers are fine.

I haven't looked at the bulbs yet because it's just too cold to fumble around under the hood and it's such a pain to get the bulbs out. So before I do that, I'd like to know what MIGHT have caused this. Could it be a fuse?
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Old 01-19-2005, 03:02 PM   #2
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Default Probably a fuse

I had both headlights go out in an Accord, turned out to be the fuse. Odds are that two headlights won't go out at exactly the same time.
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Old 01-20-2005, 08:49 AM   #3
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It looks like it may be the cold temp because I checked the two 15A fuses yesterday and they were fine. Besides, if it were the fuses, my high beams wouldn't have worked either. I don't think they have a separate fuse.

Any other ideas before I take my car apart to inspect the bulbs tonight?
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Old 01-20-2005, 09:10 AM   #4
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It seems that the Sylvania Silverstars tend to burn out quickly in cold weather. I've had mine for a few months now and no problem(I have also disabled the daytime running lights to extend their life) but I know its only a matter of time with these bulbs. Hopefully it'll last the winter at least. Anyways, how unlucky are you to have both go at the same time...

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Old 01-20-2005, 10:01 AM   #5
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Headlights tend to burnout more when the temps dip. Esp when they drop to like -20F
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Old 01-20-2005, 11:02 AM   #6
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Ok, well this makes me a little more comfortable then as long as it's confirmed. I'll have to look into disabling daytime running headlights. I have a feeling that probably did it. I drive a lot due to work (about 35k miles per year) and having the lights on even during the day must tax them all the time
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Old 01-20-2005, 07:12 PM   #7
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Checked both bulbs today and sure enough, they're shot. The filament wasn't entirely destroyed but a small enough piece on both bulbs came off breaking the continuity. Strangely still, this happened at the same exact time. I don't remember hitting a large pothole or anything. Oh well. I'm just glad it's fixed. Now I can see in the dark again
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Old 01-21-2005, 12:48 PM   #8
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I had a 2 year old Osram SilverStar crap out on me the other day as well when temps dipped as cold as they've been this year. I pulled it out and sure enough it was shot. Ordered a new set from Daniel Stern and had them installed the next day.

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