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How Long Does a Brake Light Bulb Last?

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Having properly working lights on your car is important when driving on busy roadways. Making sure that the other motorists see you and what you are doing can help to eliminate the risk of an accident. Most of the accidents on the road today happy due to braking related issues. The brake light bulbs on your car help to alert the cars around you about when you are applying the brakes on your car. By giving them this type of advanced warning, you will be able to avoid them running into you. The brake light bulbs on your car only come on when you apply the brake pedal in your car.

The number of brake light bulbs that are on your car can vary based on the make and model. The moisture that can get into the housing of the brake light bulb can prove to be very problematic. Making sure that the housing that your bulbs are in is air tight and free of leaks can help to reduce the amount of repairs you have to do. Typically, a bulb will last for a year or so before the filament inside of it breaks. There are a number of bulbs on the market that advertise that they are longer life. Buying the right replacement bulb will take a bit of research, but the time spent will be worth it.

Driving around without properly working brake light bulbs is dangerous and can cause you to get a ticket. By taking the time to inspect all of the lights on your car on a regular basis, you will be able to find and fix any issues that you are having. Here are some of the warning signs that you may notice when you have a bad brake light bulb.

  • The light only works on occasion
  • The light bulb warning light on the instrument cluster is on
  • The light will not work at all

Going too long without functional brake lights can pose a lot of problems. If you are unsure about how to change the bad brake light bulb, then a professional mechanic can definitely replace the brake light bulb immediately.

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