Ex­te­rior lighting

Seaway News - - AUTO TALK -

Your car’s ex­te­rior lighting in­cludes the head­lights, park­ing lights, marker lights, fog lights ( if equipped), turn sig­nals, haz­ard flash­ers, brake lights, cen­tre high mounted stop­light ( CHMSL), tail­lights, back-up lights, and mis­cel­la­neous lamps. The ex­te­rior lights pro­vide night vi­sion and the abil­ity to see in foggy con­di­tions, as well as a means to sig­nal other driv­ers about driv­ing in­ten­tions and emer­gency sit­u­a­tions.

The op­er­a­tion if your car’s ex­te­rior lights should be checked at ev­ery oil change to en­sure your safety. Each year, have the align­ment of your car’s head­lights checked to make sure they’re aimed prop­erly.

If one light doesn’t work in a cir­cuit but the oth­ers do, the prob­lem is prob­a­bly a bad bulb.

If all the lights are out in a cir­cuit ( ex­cept the head­lights), the prob­lem is prob­a­bly a fuse, switch or other fac­tor af­fect­ing the en­tire cir­cuit.

A bad bulb or turn sig­nal flasher usual- ly causes turn sig­nal prob­lems. A turn sig­nals that flashes on one side, but not the other, is usu­ally caused by a bad bulb on the side that won’t flash. If both sides don’t flash, and the bulbs ap­pear to be OK, it’s likely that the turn sig­nal flasher is faulty.

Check your car’s owner’s man­ual for fuse and turn sig­nal flasher lo­ca­tions. Be­yond that, it’s wise to con­sult a qual­i­fied ser­vice pro­fes­sional to di­ag­nose other mal­adies in the lighting cir­cuits. Up­graded halo­gen head­lights pro­duce a whiter light that is closer to the colour of nat­u­ral day­light.

Whiter light pro­vides driv­ers with im­proved night vis­i­bil­ity which can help im­prove a driver’s re­ac­tion time and abil­ity to see road­side ob­jects at night. ( Car Care Canada)

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