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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 10-08-2012, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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Question Do I need a new headlight bulb?

Driving at night around here usually isn't a big deal. Most of the roads are pretty well lit. But on some of the back roads...not so much. And we have deer...even though they are small compared to what the rest of the country has.

So driving with my normal low beams on I can see the road very well. When I hit the high beams, I can see the sides of the road better and I guess I can see farther away, but the road itself is quite dark. It's almost like I would expect the high beam to light up the roadside and the distance but still light up the road like the low beam does. Does that make sense? Basically, it's harder to see with the high beams on than with the low beams.

The headlight indicator doesn't light up to indicate any kind of problem. But could this mean that the bulb is bad anyway? Thinking of replacing it with a Silverstar Ultra to see how it does.
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have you tried to adjust it down abit?
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I guess my question there is, if it is perfect for the low beam, if I try to adjust the high beam wouldn't that make the low beam out of adjustment then? I wish I could get a picture of what it looks like for y'all. With the highs on it it literally looks like everything is lit up except the road and straight ahead of me.
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depends on how far off it is, if its just a small adjustment you more than likely wouldnt notice
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if you dont have the silverstar ultra yet it wouldnt hurt to get it it is brighter

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where can you get the silverstar ultra?
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I had somewhat of a similar situation. I fully agree with all the advice given so far in this thread. First adjust the headlight point of aim. There are plenty of DIY descriptions on the internet to help you with this. There may also be a thread here regarding that procedure but I myself have not checked. If this does not correct your situation then by all means go for the Superstar Ultra. They can be found at most automotive supply stores as well as WallyWorld. I switched over and the difference was unbelieveable. I am now at the point that I never have to really use my high beam. One of the best reasons for changing to the Superstar Ultra is that it is just a simple bulb change and there is no wiring problems involved.

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A part # would be nice, have been thinking a little brighter would be better. Thanks

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thank you for response,
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i think its a hb4 9003 but i could be wrong just take a phillips head screw driver to the parts store and pull your old bulb and match it up

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