Headlights - Subaru Outback - Subaru Outback Forums

SubaruOutback.org is the premier Subaru Outback Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rating: Thread Rating: 2 votes, 5.00 average.
Old 01-26-2013, 01:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Stoic Guardian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Central Oregon
Car: 01 Outback base
Posts: 195
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Default Headlights

Ok, i know that there are plenty of different headlight threads, all kinds of information about bulbs and housings and the like. i have been having some problems with mine burning out way faster than i think that they should. i had a 94 ranger and used the same brand of bulbs for years with out them burning out, but in my subaru i have gone through them alot faster. Before somone blames the always on running lights i always ran my ranger with them on.

since one of them has burned out that housing has filled with quite a bit of condensation. could that be the reason i am having problems?
__________________
If i ask a question that has been asked before, im sorry, just link me to the other threads and i'll be on my way.
Stoic Guardian is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 01-26-2013, 01:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
Registered User
 
rasterman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: PA
Car: 2006 Outback XT Limited
Posts: 7,535
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Default Headlights

Look for electrical problems, particularly voltage regulation. Another possibility is a mechanical issue- vibration. Pinholes or cracks in the lens can allow for too much cooling, which can knock out the bulb with thermal shock.

I'm surprised by the number of headlight replacement posts I see on this board. I have changed 3 headlights in 3 friends cars (none subies) in the past 10 years, and never needed to replace one of my own going back through 7 cars over almost 25 years.
__________________
XRT Tune in the works...
Hexmods F1 Performance Valve Body
2005-2009 Suspension Improvements
How to put a Modern Stereo in your 2005-2009 Outback with Automatic Climate Control
Did you know your 2005-2009 Outback has a built-in diagnostic scanner?
rasterman is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-26-2013, 01:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Stoic Guardian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Central Oregon
Car: 01 Outback base
Posts: 195
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Default

could there be a problem with the seal between the black and clear plastics? that's what the local subaru repair place thought.
__________________
If i ask a question that has been asked before, im sorry, just link me to the other threads and i'll be on my way.
Stoic Guardian is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-26-2013, 03:38 AM   #4 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Euchre's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Back home again, near where it was made
Car: 2002 Outback Wagon 2.5L Auto Weather Package
Posts: 1,582
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Default

If a drop of that condensation hits a hot bulb, its all over for sure. You should never have visible moisture in your headlights, else there's a problem. Same really holds true for taillights... which is my problem.
__________________
My car warms the rear window, mirrors, wipers, my butt, and my heart - because I WILL get there!
Euchre is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-26-2013, 04:03 AM   #5 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Stoic Guardian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Central Oregon
Car: 01 Outback base
Posts: 195
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Default

I think that i might be having that same problem. i took a trip through a good snow and rain storm recently, and when i arrived and opened the hatch to unpack, it was like the hatch was draining on the driver side. I need to figure that out too. The guy at that repair place mentioned the same thing for that, a bad seal between the black and transparent plastics.thoughts?
__________________
If i ask a question that has been asked before, im sorry, just link me to the other threads and i'll be on my way.
Stoic Guardian is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-26-2013, 07:17 AM   #6 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Anderson,In.
Car: 2013 OB 2.5i Premium/DDD Graphite Gray Metallic OP#2 Weathertec Window Deflectors
Posts: 395
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Default

You think it's because we are slamming our hoods to hard?
__________________
Jim
Shadow 1100 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-26-2013, 11:01 AM   #7 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Stoic Guardian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Central Oregon
Car: 01 Outback base
Posts: 195
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Default

That's a definite possibility, hoods and hatches
__________________
If i ask a question that has been asked before, im sorry, just link me to the other threads and i'll be on my way.
Stoic Guardian is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-26-2013, 11:37 AM   #8 (permalink)
Registered User
 
1 Lucky Texan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: behind the Krell Metal door
Car: 03 H6 OBW & 06 WRX Sportwagon
Posts: 7,476
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Default

dunno if it helps, but I had to have a taillight changed out under warranty on my 06 WRX wagon for collecting water. I THINK I've read of one or 2 other similar problems so, maybe there was an 'era' during which Subaru had some bad light assemblies?
__________________
Time Flies Like an Arrow,
Fruit Flies Like a Banana!
1 Lucky Texan is online now   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-26-2013, 12:26 PM   #9 (permalink)
Registered User
 
jp1203's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: New England
Car: 2011 Tacoma TRD Sport Double Cab Long Box
Posts: 2,850
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Default

All I can tell you is it doesn't sound normal. I changed out both low and high beams when I bought my 2004 (they all went within days of eachother). In the 26,000 miles I had it after that, I never went through another bulb.
__________________
RIP Outback: 2008 3.0R LL Bean "Senior Citizen Gold" 99,150 miles

Current Vehicle:
2011 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Long Bed TRD Sport 4x4
jp1203 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 01-28-2013, 12:26 PM   #10 (permalink)
Registered User
 
Stoic Guardian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Central Oregon
Car: 01 Outback base
Posts: 195
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Default

Ok, now on to other questions, i have found the different posts about headlight bulbs and i am wondering if there is any use looking around for different brands for bulbs for my car or should i just get my self some narva +30's and call it good. Are there different Brands that make quality lights that are brighter than factory and don't burn out all the time? And has anyone ever tried led bulbs, it took forever but i found a manufacturer that makes low beam and high beam replacements
__________________
If i ask a question that has been asked before, im sorry, just link me to the other threads and i'll be on my way.
Stoic Guardian is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Subaru Outback - Subaru Outback Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:44 PM.



Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2
Copyright 2009-2010 SubaruOutback.org. All Rights Reserved.