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Toyota Camry, Electrical, Lights, Sedan
#102 of 131 Re: 2004 Camry problem with low beam headlights [scottf81]
Feb 22, 2008 (6:24 am)
I doubt it.
Bulbs tend to blow (filament breaks), if either the bulb is physically jolted....or they are given too high of a voltage (which then causes too high of a current across a fixed resistance V=iR).
Unless someone is vandalizing your bulbs by whacking them, you have to look to basic electrical problems.
Since the bulbs are made to run at full battery voltage, if they are getting a "higher" voltage there is something wrong with your alternator, corrosion/loose wiring connections, or potentially your battery.
I'd suggest making sure your battery terminals and wires are clean with no corrosion. Check your ground connection on the engine to make sure it isn't loose and you are loosing your ground reference. Most autoparts chains (pepboys, autozone, etc), will do a free battery and alternator check on the car....under load. Have that done to make sure you don't have too high of a voltage from your alternator.
#103 of 131 Re: Fog Light [niceguy1234]
Feb 24, 2008 (8:53 pm)
In the US at least, the low-beam headlights must be turned on for the fog lights to work. In all other headlight switch positions (daytime running lamps, parking lamps, or high-beam headlights), the fog lights will not illuminate, regardless of the fog lights' switch position.
#104 of 131 Re: Fog Light [210delray]
Feb 25, 2008 (5:39 pm)
"In the US at least...."
No, this all started with the invasion into the US of the asian automotive industry. Prior to that happening (~1980's [??]) most US manufactured cars, like those today of european manufacture, allowed the use of fogs ALONE, or with low beams, but locked out in HB mode.
Fog lights are useless in actual foggy conditions, daytime conditions, when illuminated along with LB's, and a detriment to forward vision when LB mode is needed.
But then the Japanese are HEAVILY into BLING
#105 of 131 Re: Fog Light [wwest]
Feb 25, 2008 (9:14 pm)
Are you sure about your assertions? I thought federal regulations prohibited the use of fog lamps if anything other than the low-beam headlights are also on. I do see people driving around with only fogs (typically on pickups or SUVs), but I assumed these were do-it-yourself modifications.
I would think fogs alone would be dangerous, because they only light up the road a short distance ahead and to the sides. The low beams allow greater illumination into the distance, but won't reflect their light back at you in foggy conditions because of their aim downward and to the right.
Much more annoying to me is that so many people use their fog lights all the time at night, regardless of the weather. And people seem to shun using their high beams (laziness)? I hardly ever use my fog lights, since fog is relatively rare here (central VA).
#106 of 131 Re: Fog Light [210delray]
Feb 26, 2008 (9:39 am)
I don't know of any laws or regulations governing this but it is patently foolish to have fog lights on along with either high or low beams. There is a law involving the required use of headlights, something on the orde rof they must be on by 30 minutes after sunset and until 30 minutes before sunrise.
That leaves the only legal and reasonable use of fog lights to be during "daytime" foggy conditions.
Think about it, if you have your low beams on and they are being of use, of what good is having CLOSE-IN, LOW and WIDE additional lighting using the fog lights...??
#107 of 131 Re: Fog Light [wwest]
Feb 26, 2008 (12:59 pm)
I believe most states have closed the 30-minute window during twilight when headlights didn't have to be on.
I don't have a lot of experience with fog lights -- my 2005 Camry is the first car in over 30 years of car ownership to have them. I do know that for Toyota and GM at least, the fog lights can only be turned on when the low-beam headlights are on.
During the day in fog, I would think the most important lights to have on are your low beams, so that other drivers can see you coming. The next time it's really foggy at night (rare where I live), I'll have to see if the fog lights make any difference in forward visibility.
#110 of 131 06 Camry fog lights
Oct 03, 2008 (6:53 pm)
A couple questions. I have an 06 Camry LE and was wondering if the cover on the bumper comes of to insert the fog lights? Since i saw in an earlier post that said that it comes off for the 02-05 years, but not 06. Please i would greatly appreciate this knowledge. And what exactly would i need to buy to get the fog lights installed?Thank you in advance.