Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Headlights caught on fire

asked by on

My low beam headlights were not working, so I turned on my high beams, and only the left side was working. As I was backing out, I started to smell burning plastic and saw smoke coming out from underneath the hood. I pulled over and saw that my headlights were on fire. The fire melted the whole left side headlight assembly.

There have been many issues in the past with the TSX having headlights catch fire. This particular model does not have a recall. It is important only to use recommended lightbulbs for this car. The manufacturer recommends 60w halogen bulbs, if you have the standard lights. You will probably need to have the light socket and headlight assembly replaced now, as well as all the light bulbs. I would recommend Having a technician from YourMechanic come out and inspect the damage, and repair the necessary lighting sockets, bulbs, and assembly.

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

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

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: After being serviced, car ignited under passenger seat

The scenario of raw fuel being dumped into the catalytic converter causing extreme heat to possibly ignite a fire is a plausible scenario. It is generally not good business to perform a tune-up and send a customer out in a...

Q: Malfunction sign on dashboard

Hello. There are two basic lights in a vehicle. Red lights typically mean stop the vehicle now or severe damage can occur. These are typically the battery light, temperature light, or the oil pressure light. The other color is amber....

Q: I have a loud squealing noise that is intermittent.

Hi, thanks for writing in. Usually, squealing noises are attributed to a loose belt somewhere on the vehicle, in which case, the serpentine belt could be the issue. However, since you're experiencing this only during the reverse gear, it could...

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...
What are the Car Pool Rules in Hawaii?
Hawaii is widely regarded as a land of vacation and relaxation, and as such, its scenic roads and routes are far better known than the state’s freeways. But, as with all...
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.