Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Headlights are really dim, car is brand new

asked by on

I have a hard time understanding how my 2013 Chrysler 200 made it from the factory with headlights that work so poorly in the low beam position. I consider myself to be a smart consumer with automobiles so I never buy the first year of a new car. I liked the 200 since it came out so in late 2012 I went out and bought a brand new 2013 model. Loved it right away but I took it back the first week because I thought the low beams were faulty! Turns out they’re all like that! I have put just over 20,000 miles on this car, and now use the high beams as much as I can at night. Is there a way to improve low beam performance without replacing the entire headlight? I would replace the lights if that’s the only way, very fond of this car!

The headlight system on your car is controlled by a module and this module will put out a low voltage to the headlights on low beam and maximum voltage on high beam. The lighting system is programmed in the module and if you tried to replace the lights with an aftermarket light assembly then the lights electrical system will most likely need to be modified to accommodate the new lights. There are tons of aftermarket light solutions that claim better lighting for you but do not tell you how they do this. They may require wiring modifications and light housing body modifications. Both may void any factory warranty on the lighting system of your car. I would not recommend modifying your existing system unless it is a manufacture update or modifications that would not void any warranty you may have. In the meantime you could lower the brightness on your dash lights to help you see better at night. Most owners see an improvement in night driving after they lower the instrument dash lights.

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: Door won't stay closed

From the description provided it appears that the door latch is stuck open or perhaps stuck in the closed position. The door latch receives a lot of use and over time if not properly lubricated, can become stuck in a...

Q: How much should it cost to have a repair shop remove and replace my customer supplied Highbeam Headlamps (both of them)? 1996 Lexus SC300

Hello - unfortunately, this is not a service YourMechanic offers at this time. Thanks for thinking of us however!

Q: Antifreeze problem

If you are having to periodically add antifreeze to the cooling system, there could be either an internal or external leak. That would include a "leak" through a faulty radiator pressure cap, which fault in the cap, if the fault...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...