Burning out headlights - Club Crosstrek | Subaru XV Crosstrek Forums
Club Crosstrek | Subaru XV Crosstrek Forums
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 03-15-2016, 12:33 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: May 2013
Posts: 26
My Vehicle: 13' Subaru Crosstrek (Desert Kakhi)
Default Burning out headlights

Hey all. So in the past three months, I have gone through 3 headlights. It seems they are burning out for no apparent reason. When the first burned out, I replaced both sides (OCD-I didn't want one brighter than the next) and all was fine. Then the opposite side from the first burned out (even though it was a brand new bulb as well). So, I replaced just the one that was out this time. Now, the other light went out (the first replaced). I use my XV twice a day,. back and forth to work (50mi total), so they aren't on long. The one that burned out this weekend, did so while parked for 3 days (and not on). Have any of you ran into this problem? To me, it seems to be an electrical problem because no way should bulbs burn out every few weeks especially with the limited use of them. Any help would be appreciated.

RRR1977 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 03-15-2016, 02:49 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Schonuff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 318
My Vehicle: 2014 XV Crosstrek Premium Black
Default

This is happening to me on my Tribeca. The lights were great for 3.5 years then one went out. No big deal its almost 4 years old so I changed it. A few weeks later the other light went out. Now a few weeks after that the new one went out.

I have been very careful not to touch the bulb each time as that supposedly causes early failures. But next time I'm going to use latex gloves just to be 100% sure. I'd bet a shiny new nickel that its something going wrong during install.
__________________
If you've come to help me, you're wasting your time.
Schonuff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2016, 08:34 PM   #3
Site Team
 
AWDfreak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 2,940
My Vehicle: 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek 5MT
Default

It is actually the correct procedure to replace them in pairs.

Schonuff brought up a good point. Are you making direct contact with your skin to the bulbs? The bulb surface is not to be touched by direct contact with human skin. You can touch the part that will connect to the connector, but not the bulb surface itself.


If that's not the cause of concern, then perhaps you may have either the terrible misfortune of getting bad quality/bad batch bulbs or some other underlying issue.
__________________
"Why would I want to profess my feelings for some 3D girl?" - Tomoya Aki from the anime Saekano
AWDfreak is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 03-15-2016, 08:58 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 30
My Vehicle: Former 2014 Crosstrek owner
Default

H11/64211L Long Life
VSurfn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2016, 03:33 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Cogen Man's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 318
My Vehicle: 2019 Limited/EyeSight
Default

HELP – MY LAMPS ARE BURNING OUT TOO SOON | carlightblog

Skin oil from touching the bulb is the most plausible cause but improper voltage or too much vibration in the lamp housing can also cause bulbs to burn out prematurely.
__________________
2019 Limited with EyeSight.
Cogen Man is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2016, 03:45 AM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 19
Default

Where would improper voltage come from? All the voltage runs through the battery fed from the alternator. I would think if there was an abnormal voltage the computers would have issues before a resistance load like a lamp. I think.
Sparky_of_SoCal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2016, 11:40 AM   #7
Site Team
 
AWDfreak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 2,940
My Vehicle: 2014 Subaru XV Crosstrek 5MT
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sparky_of_SoCal View Post
Where would improper voltage come from? All the voltage runs through the battery fed from the alternator. I would think if there was an abnormal voltage the computers would have issues before a resistance load like a lamp. I think.
I'm thinking the same kind of mindset, since the XV Crosstrek does use a Body Integrated Unit (indirect control of circuits).
__________________
"Why would I want to profess my feelings for some 3D girl?" - Tomoya Aki from the anime Saekano
AWDfreak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2016, 08:27 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Cogen Man's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 318
My Vehicle: 2019 Limited/EyeSight
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sparky_of_SoCal View Post
Where would improper voltage come from? All the voltage runs through the battery fed from the alternator. I would think if there was an abnormal voltage the computers would have issues before a resistance load like a lamp. I think.
Quote:
Originally Posted by AWDfreak View Post
I'm thinking the same kind of mindset, since the XV Crosstrek does use a Body Integrated Unit (indirect control of circuits).
The link I added tells where the improper voltage could come from. Just giving the poster some other idea's other than the oily finger reason.
__________________
2019 Limited with EyeSight.
Cogen Man is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-16-2016, 08:33 PM   #9
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 19
Default

Fulling understanding what is being discussed in that article, I believe I am still correct and the conditions described in that discussion are in theory correct but in reality probably not likely. Each his own and good luck with your search.
Sparky_of_SoCal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-02-2016, 03:26 PM   #10
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Posts: 42
My Vehicle: Hyper Blue 2016 Crosstrek
Default

It might be a problem with the harness. There could be a wire loose or otherwise damaged. I was having this problem with the HIDs on my old car and I bought a new harness which corrected the problem.
PropWashHBXVSTi is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT. The time now is 01:11 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.