Q: I am driving a 2010 RAV4, and I find the low-beam lights inadequate in certain situations. I have seen replacement upgrades for these lamps, but I am hearing that they burn out quickly. Also, I notice that there are several lighting intensities available. (The brighter the light, the more expensive the lamp.) Do you recommend these upgrades?
A: If your RAV4 has daytime running lights that keep the low beams on during day driving, then you absolutely will burn out the lights more quickly. As your headlights are used, they do become duller; that’s a fact. A brighter, whiter, hotter light will burn out even faster. When choosing your headlights, be sure they are legal in all states, as well as the manufacturer warranty.
Car Care Tip: The shop is being flooded lately by head gasket repairs, as well as timing belt breaks causing cylinder head damage. This damage could be avoided by regular maintenance and being observant of your gauges.
Larry Rubenstein is a master technician who owns a North Shore service station. His column appears every Saturday. Write to Larry at The Salem News, c/o Auto Scanner, 32 Dunham Road, Beverly, MA 01915, or send an email to email@example.com.