Have to use high beams when driving. 2004 mazda6 batterie...

Q: Have to use high beams when driving.

asked by on December 17, 2015

Headlights do not come on and I have to use high beams when driving. The battery has to be changed yearly.

This sounds to me like a not so uncommon problem where both headlamps actually burn out at the same time. Usually the culprit for such a thing would be the headlight bulbs themselves, but before I recommend replacing parts that we are unsure of to be good or bad, I believe that it is best to get the help of a certified automotive technician. This certified mechanic will have the knowledge and tools to determine if your problem is as simple as changing a light bulb or if it could be something more involved, such as a fuse or electrical problem. You can get your headlights inspected by YourMechanic As for the concern with the Mazda’s battery, the mechanic will also be able to inspect the charging system to determine why your car is going through batteries so quickly. In general, batteries can last between 3-5 years, however it depends on the brand of the battery or it may be possible that a system or component is putting excess drain on the battery itself decreasing its reliability. There are a few things to factor in when dealing with bad headlights and bad batteries so it is always best to have a mechanic look this over.

Was this answer helpful?
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

accidentally hooked up jumper cables backwards. No there is no spark on plugs and the fuel pump is running with the engine off.

Hello - the engine management computer controls the fuel pump (through a relay). The lack of spark may be related to a failed crankshaft position sensor, or possibly one or more of the coil packs. Failure of these will yield...

My car will start but will only run for a certain amount of time before the engine shuts off. Then it won't start. Why?

Hi there. In many cases, when the car will start but quickly stall, it's due to either a reduction in fuel flow (caused by a worn out fuel pump, dirty fuel filter or clogged or dirty fuel injectors or the...

Loud Knocking Noise Coming From The Right Upper Side Under My Hood .

It sounds like you could be having a fuel delivery issue if your vehicle is not able to stay running. It is also possible that your engines knocking sound could be part of the reason it is dying. I would...

Related articles

How Long Do Battery Terminal Ends Last?
A A properly working charging system is an essential part of keeping a car reliable. Each of the components of a charging system has a specific job that it must perform in order for the vehicle to run properly. In...
Are Colored Headlights Safe and Legal?
Most Most vehicles have standard headlights that emit yellowish light. However, there are bulbs on the market that are different colors. They’re marketed as “blue” or “super blue,” and there is a great deal of uncertainty around their safety and...
Should You Change Your Headlight Bulbs to LED?
Headlight Headlight technology has evolved a lot over the last couple of decades. Once upon a time, cars had sealed headlights (you had to replace the housing too whenever a bulb blew). Then came permanent lenses and replaceable small bulbs...