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#19251 of 19285 Re: Thanks [xwesx]
Dec 02, 2012 (4:52 pm)
Remember that early implementation of DRL's used the low beams at reduced power, so yes, those bulbs are on all the time. Fortunately, the reduced voltage really doesn't impact the filament life too badly, but it is a factor in total life.
#19252 of 19285 Re: Thanks [fibber2]
Dec 02, 2012 (6:45 pm)
Yes, I imagine so. That was the main rub for me when I decided to run lights all the time many years ago. The other was remembering to turn them off every time, as cars from the late sixties don't have auto-off functionality! I remember a time or two, fifteen years ago, getting up at 0530 for work and being greeted by a dead battery. It doesn't take too long to learn that lesson.
#19253 of 19285 Re: Thanks [fibber2]
Dec 03, 2012 (7:44 am)
I snatched a tube of Crest Extra Whitening with Tarter Protection - Clean Mint from the cabinet
No tarter on the lens so it must be working!
#19254 of 19285 Re: Thanks [ateixeira]
Dec 03, 2012 (1:46 pm)
And minty-fresh light!!!
#19255 of 19285 Re: Thanks [fibber2]
Dec 03, 2012 (1:47 pm)
Plus it cured bad breath (emissions).
#19256 of 19285 Re: Thanks [ateixeira]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Dec 03, 2012 (3:46 pm)
Just don't polish so hard you knock the lens out.
Wouldn't want to root around trying to refill that cavity.
#19257 of 19285 Re: Thanks [xwesx]
Dec 04, 2012 (10:17 am)
Wes - comments on Amazon suggest the blue ones for 9007 aren't that "blue".
The bulb I just replaced has lasted since I bought the car in Aug 2001 - so no complaints with the base brand but maybe I will give those Sylvania Xtravision a shot unless you suggest trying the Wagner's.
I am one of those guys with cloudy lamps so I am going to use a 2000 grit sandpaper on them lightly before I clean (or maybe clean first, sand, clean again?)
#19258 of 19285 Re: Thanks [stackman1]
Dec 04, 2012 (11:29 am)
Often the inexpensive, "base" bulbs do last a long time. But, they do so by trading off intensity for life span. While I prefer not to have something that is ultra-bright (blinds oncoming traffic) and lasts only six months, I do like to maximize my visibility. That's what lead me to the TruView. They aren't expensive (no more so than the Xtravision), but have a far more neutral light that, for me, works better.
We also have six months of snow, and the whiter light interacts really well with snow (in that it multiplies the lights' effect). After a fresh snowfall, I feel like I can see a mile ahead with those things.
Unless they don't last at least a year, I plan to stick with them. Oddly enough, my new Fiesta uses the same bulbs as the Forester, so that's a nice bonus.
Aside: I hate blue/purple headlights. They are the worse offenders for throwing glare at oncoming drivers.
#19259 of 19285 2003 wheel bearing noise, Forester
Feb 07, 2013 (10:51 am)
I now have 163k trouble free miles. But the car has been steadily getting noisier, part of the noise is from the window/gasket seal. There is another noise though coming from something in the drivetrain, rear of the vehicle. It's a low humming noise that gets steadily louder with speed. Sounds like a muted version of the big off-road tires on pickups when they are run on paved roads.
There's no play in the wheels, and since its AWD, detecting roughness in a bearing is a problem. I changed the rear diff oil, everything looked clean and good there, but the noise has persisted. Being doing it for about 10k miles now.
#19260 of 19285 Re: 2003 wheel bearing noise, Forester [once_for_all]
Feb 07, 2013 (11:03 am)
Playing the odds, it's very likely a wheel bearing.