Reasons Why The High Beams Aren't Working - Subaru Information in Seattle, WA

Driving without your high beams (AKA the brights) isn't exactly a bright idea -- especially on rural roads. In town, your low-beams are usually enough to help you see without blinding people, but out in the country and in the 'burbs, your brights help you see more clearly. If the high beams aren't working on your car, you may want to slow down at night when the road gets winding, so you don't strike any unseen obstacles.

Why did my high beams stop working for my Subaru

To drive with confidence again no matter how dark the road gets, get your high beams working again at Carter Subaru Ballard. In our service center, our trained technicians can analyze your electrical system, repair a faulty switch or just replace a dead headlamp bulb. We've compiled the four most common reasons the brights may stop working on your car below.

Reason #4: Bad Automatic High Beam Sensor

Most cars on the road today have manual high beams that you activate yourself -- but more and more modern cars are coming with automatic high beam technology. Using advanced sensors, the car monitors the level of ambient light and detects oncoming traffic. It turns your brights on to maximize visibility when necessary, then automatically turns them off so you don't blind traffic coming the opposite way.

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If one of these sensors fails, the automatic high beams may stop working. You'll need to activate them yourself when you need them, and be vigilant for oncoming traffic so you can deactivate them when you see vehicles coming over the hill.

Reason #3: Burned Out Headlamp Bulbs

One of the benefits of LED technology that is slowly replacing ordinary halogen bulbs is that LEDs don't really burn out. They'll die eventually, but not until long after the car has lived its entire service life. By contrast, you'll need to replace a few headlamp bulbs in your car from time to time if they're still equipped with regular halogen lights.

If your brights aren't working at all, it's unlikely that the bulbs are burned out -- because it's very unlikely that two bulbs would burn out at the exact same time. You're likely to notice one of your high beams has stopped working before they both go bad if the bulbs have died. Simply replace them with new ones and you're good to go -- but be sure to have this procedure handled by a professional. Improperly installed headlamp bulbs can wear out prematurely.

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Reason #2: Bad Headlight Switch

If the bulbs are in good shape, it may be necessary to look at all the electrical components that make your lights work -- including the high beam switch. Even the switch you physically turn to activate your high beams can go bad and keep you from being able to turn on your brights.

Electrical problems in your car are best handled by certified dealership professionals like those you'll find at the Carter Subaru Ballard service center. That's because we have the special tools necessary to locate the problem and fix the faulty component quickly and effectively.

Reason #1: Blown Fuses or Bad Replays

By far the most common reason your brights will stop working is from a blown fuse or a bad relay. Under the hood, a fuse box holds a variety of fuses and relays hooked up to all sorts of electrical components throughout your car. If the high beam fuse has blown, it'll need to be replaced and the circuit will need to be inspected for problems. Or, it could be a bad relay. If the headlight relay has failed, it may not respond when you attempt to switch the high beams on. Replacing the relay should restore the system and get your high beams working once again.

Remember: Your visibility is crucial to your safety, so have any headlight problems on your car handled by the pros!

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