Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Bad headlights, this should be avoidable

asked by on

I have had the typical headlight issue with my 2010 Toyota Prius pop up and dealt with that already. Now, at 91,000 miles, I am noticing that the headlights don’t seem to illuminate much of the road in front of me. I don’t drive at night that often but when I do it just seems unsafe unless my high beams are on. Is this a normal thing or are the headlights defective again?

A: The headlights your car uses are high inten...

The headlights your car uses are high intensity display (HID) type bulbs. The HID bulb has a lifespan of approximately five years before they go bad. These bulbs will start to go bad becoming dimmer or blinking on and off. Toyota has extended the warranty coverage to 5 year/50,000 miles over the 3 year/36,000 mile warranty for customer satisfaction reasons. However, you are over the 50,000 mile limit and would not be covered for this extension. The fix for your car is to replace the HID bulbs in both headlights. You can contact YourMechanic to replace them for you.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Why are my headlights not getting as bright as they should be.

Hello. The most common reasons why headlights don't get bright enough are that they either a lack of voltage in the circuit, the wrong size bulb, or the lens of the headlight is oxidized or faded. If this occurred right...

Q: Where is the call history log on 2015 Toyota Prius

Hi there. Although this is not specific to the Prius, I believe the intelligence system is the same as explained on this video. I would recommend watching the video and referring to the Prius owner manual for steps on how...

Q: Electronic Throttle Control Light On. Car will not start

Hi there: To be blunt; this is very baffling. If the two warning lights come on; there should be an error code stored in the ECU that can be downloaded with a digital scanner that triggered the warning lights to...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.