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Old 01-12-2013, 11:22 AM   #31 (permalink)
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It was a fix it ticket, but normally you would not have the bulb with you...I had to go to the cop shop and wait for them to "pass" it. It was an unneeded task, and a waste of my time.
Not that the desk Sargent cared, but I showed him the wal-mart receipt timestamped before the ticket was issued.
Just proves the ticket quota theory IMO


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Around here that's a 'fix it ticket', fix the problem, get it signed off, turn it in, no fee's. This cop just sounded like he was having a rough night and took it out on you.
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Old 01-13-2013, 12:04 AM   #32 (permalink)
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And they give you so much room to work in.
YES! I luck out, if it's the passenger side, I can fit my hand in the available space and make it work. My hands are pretty small.
Drivers side I end up having my guy do it. You have to unscrew the plastic guards for something (air I think) to access it. It's truly obnoxious. Thank goodness he's a mechanic and has all of the tools handy for whenever it may happen again.


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I don't really mind if it's loud for a cold start. I'd take a lot of pleasure in bothering the neighbors.
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Old 01-13-2013, 04:27 PM   #33 (permalink)
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I don't so much make money, as provide a conduit for it's movement.
Stock class = 12grams and a stick feed. End discussion.
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Old 01-14-2013, 10:29 AM   #34 (permalink)
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If I remember correctly, Mazda 3's were designed with headlights that were enough of a pain in the *** that Mazda hoped people would take them to a dealership. Your standard H7 bulb should last you about a year though. If the bulb doesn't last the year, and you bought it from Canadian Tire it is covered by warranty. All of the automotive bulbs ct sells from the cheap plain ones to the D2S HID bulbs are covered by the corporation for a year, so keep your receipt.
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:38 PM   #35 (permalink)
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If I remember correctly, Mazda 3's were designed with headlights that were enough of a pain in the *** that Mazda hoped people would take them to a dealership. Your standard H7 bulb should last you about a year though. If the bulb doesn't last the year, and you bought it from Canadian Tire it is covered by warranty. All of the automotive bulbs ct sells from the cheap plain ones to the D2S HID bulbs are covered by the corporation for a year, so keep your receipt.
Honestly, it has nothing to do with that at all - dealers make next to nothing on the service side.

It's all about how an engineer has to fit 10 lbs of crap into a 5lb bag, and make it look good.
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I got pulled over last year for a headlight out. The cop walked up to my car saw my wawa name badge hanging from my rear view mirror, asked me wich store I worked for said thank you for giving us free coffee and said btw you have a head light out and walked away.
: I'll change it for you as a thank you and I pay for Wawa coffee.

On a sidenote, I felt like I was changing the bulbs in my wife's car too often I started putting dates on them to see how long they lasted. I took back one that lasted 3 weeks and Autozone admitted that they had a bad batch. I'll do it for all my bulbs now.
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:55 PM   #37 (permalink)
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Honestly, it has nothing to do with that at all - dealers make next to nothing on the service side.

It's all about how an engineer has to fit 10 lbs of crap into a 5lb bag, and make it look good.
True, and engineers don't always think about those of us who have to change the lights (or access points for servicing) when they go out.

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: I'll change it for you as a thank you and I pay for Wawa coffee.

On a sidenote, I felt like I was changing the bulbs in my wife's car too often I started putting dates on them to see how long they lasted. I took back one that lasted 3 weeks and Autozone admitted that they had a bad batch. I'll do it for all my bulbs now.
Good thought- it's practical to do around the house if you feel like all you do is change one type of bulb. I do that at work on some certain fixtures. It helps assess if the bulbs are getting the proper run time or if the ballasts are starting to go.
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:56 PM   #38 (permalink)
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You should try changing the bulbs on a '07 Silverado. The new body style headlight assembly does not come out by pulling two pins. If I was to try and remove the assembly I would need to take the grill out first, and that isn't happening. Luckly I have small enough hands (insert joke here) that I can get my bulbs in and out, but they never go out when it is warm. The passenger side I still need to remove the air cleaner box. They are designing things so most people have to take it to a dealer or mechanic.
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Old 01-16-2013, 01:23 PM   #39 (permalink)
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Probably the worst ones I ever delt with were the early Dodge Intrepid.

In order to get the assembly out you have to remove two screws. Problem is they were in threaded sleeves, those sleeves were glued into the plastic housing. After a few years the second you try to loosen that screw sure enough that glue let go and the insert turned with the screw.
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Old 01-16-2013, 11:58 PM   #40 (permalink)
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that's why they pull you over, so you know. I was pulled over once, because I had some brake light bulbs that were out. I was quite thankful for that.
When a bulbs out, your turn signal will tick inside, and flash outside of the car faster than normal between 2-3x more. thats how i know theres a problem with a bulb either turn signal, or tail lights/corner lights.

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but seriously, how do you not notice that you have a HEADLIGHT out???

Others complaining about getting a ticket :P

I give props to any cop who gives somebody a ticket for high beaming people, cellphones(illegal here in BC), and especially headlights being out/no tail lights on when its dark. Its unsafe, and just pure negligence on the owners part. Replacing a bulb once every 5-10 years is not a hard task. And a lot cheaper than a headache that they cause.
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