Tag: headlights

34 Posts

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?

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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. 

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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 Is this feature outdated?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.


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? 


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

Jan 01, 2007

What could cause Charles' headlight to blow... over and over and over again? Find out.

Dear Car Talk

For many years, I've enjoyed your column, with its unfailing good humor. Now I have a problem I've never seen, and my brother-in-law -- usually my Great Guru -- is stumped by it. We have a 1993 Ford Taurus wagon with...


can we get xenon lamps banned and save our eyeballs
Aug 01, 2005

Who do I call to get those overly bright headlights banned?

Dear Car Talk

I'm writing about overly bright headlights. I have been calling them halogen headlights, but I saw in another response you gave that they are technically xenon or high-intensity discharge headlights. Well, I'm writing to let you know that when a...


does leaving the headlights on in my parked car drain the battery
Jul 01, 2005

Am I draining the battery with my headlights?

Dear Car Talk

I have a '96 Ford Windstar. When I go to the convenience store in the winter, my wife and daughter usually wait in the car. Because it's cold out, I leave the heater on to keep them warm. One time...

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