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It depends on the type of car you drive and the auto repair shop you go to. Our mechanics are mobile, which means they don't have the overhead that repair shops have. They provide you convenience by coming to your home or office.

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Headlights are dim Inspection for 2017 Dodge Durango V6-3.6LYourMechanic Price$70.00Shop/Dealer Price$84.52 - $95.41
Headlights are dim Inspection for 1967 Dodge A108 Van L6-3.7LYourMechanic Price$70.00Shop/Dealer Price$84.59 - $95.53
Headlights are dim Inspection for 2014 BMW 435i L6-3.0L TurboYourMechanic Price$70.00Shop/Dealer Price$95.45 - $114.54
Headlights are dim Inspection for 1969 Mercedes-Benz 250C L6-2.8LYourMechanic Price$70.00Shop/Dealer Price$95.49 - $114.60
Headlights are dim Inspection for 1979 GMC K3500 V8-5.7LYourMechanic Price$70.00Shop/Dealer Price$84.53 - $95.43
Headlights are dim Inspection for 2012 Kia Forte5 L4-2.4LYourMechanic Price$70.00Shop/Dealer Price$84.52 - $95.40
Headlights are dim Inspection for 1982 GMC K1500 V8-5.0LYourMechanic Price$70.00Shop/Dealer Price$84.61 - $95.56
Headlights are dim Inspection for 1969 Ford Maverick L6-3.3LYourMechanic Price$70.00Shop/Dealer Price$84.59 - $95.52
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Headlights are dim Inspection Service & Cost

Whether you’re driving at night, in the rain, in the fog or snow, having working headlights is absolutely essential. They provide light so you can see where you’re going, but they also help alert other drivers to your presence, enhancing the safety of everyone you encounter on the road. If your headlights seem dim, there may actually be an underlying problem that needs to be corrected.

How this system works:

No matter what type of bulbs you’re using, the system works in the same basic way. Your headlights are connected to the engine wiring harness via connectors, and they’re grounded to the chassis of your car (without a ground, they won’t work).

When you turn on the headlight switch, power is sent from the battery/alternator to the bulbs, causing the filaments to heat up and glow, which produces the light you need to see the road. They work just like the light bulbs in your home – a broken filament, or anything that disrupts the flow of electricity through the circuit can cause problems.

However, bulbs are a lot like fuses in that they either work or they don’t work. That means if your bulbs are dimmer than normal, the problem isn’t likely in the bulb itself, but somewhere in the wiring leading to the bulbs.

Common reasons for this to happen:

  • Corroded Ground Wire: One of the most common causes of dim headlights is a corroded ground wire. Ground wires connect the bulb circuit to your car’s chassis (which serves as the ground itself). If corrosion develops on the wire (or the connection is dirty or damaged), it disrupts the flow of electricity, often enough to limit the output of your bulbs.

  • Discoloring Deposits: This is particularly common with halogen type light bulbs. Over time, the inert gas within the halogen bulb creates a discoloring film (brown or gray). This builds up on the inside of the bulb and dims the light output. Replacing the bulb is generally the only option here.

  • Bad Alternator: Another very common reason to see dim headlights is a failing alternator. If you notice that the lights brighten and dim as the engine revs up and down, the alternator should be checked immediately. If it fails, dim lights will be the least of your problems. The car will begin pulling power from the battery and because it’s not being recharged, it will eventually drain completely. This will leave you stuck on the side of the road.

  • Yellowed Lenses: Often, dim lights have nothing to do with the flow of electricity or aging bulbs. Rather, they have to do with the aging of the headlight lens (the large plastic cover that protects the bulbs inside). Lenses yellow as they age, and this affects the amount of light that can escape and limits your visibility at night.

  • Loose Alternator Belt: Dimming lights may not be a sign of a bad alternator. It might be a loose alternator belt instead. If the alternator belt is loose, it doesn’t turn the pulley correctly (it slips and then grabs, slips and then grabs). This can be noticed in dimming and brightening headlights. The belt should be checked for excess play, as well as wear and tear.

What to expect:

A top-rated mobile mechanic will come to your home or office. The mechanic will inspect the headlights, the wiring harness, the ground wires and other components. The mechanic will then provide a detailed inspection report that includes the scope and cost of the necessary repairs.

How it's done:

The mechanic will inspect all parts of the headlight system, including the lenses, the bulbs, the wiring connectors, the ground wires and more. It may be necessary to perform a charging system test to determine if your alternator is healthy. The mechanic may also need to check the alternator belt.

How important is this service?

If your headlights are dim, it could be a sign of a serious underlying problem. Even if the issue is something as simple as a corroded ground wire, your safety is still compromised because you don’t have adequate visibility at night and while driving in inclement weather. One of our professional mechanics can inspect your headlights and determine the cause.

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Shaun
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This is my third time using Shaun. I will definitely use him again and I highly recommend him to others. Shaun was set up for an appointment I was told would last about 1.5 hours. However, the appointment lasted about 10 minutes because he was scheduled for a wrong service appointment. Nonetheless, I was charged by "your mechanic" for service not provided. I was able to resolve the issue with the wrong amount charged to my card because Shaun was honest about the service he provided. Shaun is very professional, he is on time, he knows his work very well and he does what he says. Shaun told me that he was going to enter a note in my account about the service he provided and cost. And he did exactly what he told me. Shaun noted a charge of $71.41 for my Armada windshield wipers blade replacement (driver side front, passenger side front & rear). My card was charged $133.41 by “your mechanic” for windshield wipers and service charge for window inspection. I requested window not winding down repair. I did not request window inspection since I already knew what the problem was prior to my request. Your mechanic charged me $62.00 more than the amount Shaun submitted. At the end, I got my $62.00 back but it took going through their supervisor. I must say “your mechanic” have a poor telephone customer service. I may not use their service if I ever have to deal with their phone customer service. It took three days and countless phone calls including waiting a long time on the phone to resolve my issue. I talked to more than ten different people on the phone. I was told to push button #1 on the phone to have someone call me back several times. I was disconnected on the phone with the first person that called me back and he never called after I got disconnected. I had to call back. The 2nd person I spoke to was not helpful, she didn’t listen and was argumentative. I asked to speak to their supervisor. I was told their supervisor was gone for the day and he will call me back the next day. To cut a long story short, the supervisor called on day #3, he was nice, he said he spoke to Shaun and issued me a refund for the $62.00. Overall, good experience with Shaun and the supervisor. With that said, I did not like the backbreaking fatiguing experience with their telephone customer service.
2007 NISSAN ARMADA - WINDSHIELD WIPER BLADE REPLACEMENT (DRIVER SIDE FRONT, PASSENGER SIDE FRONT, REAR)
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Joel
16 years of experience
Joel was wonderful! He was polite, showed up on time, was done in the time range I was given. He not only fixed the problem but also topped off my other fluids. Using him for my future repairs and my boyfriend's truck as well.
2006 SUZUKI RENO - CAR RADIATOR REPLACEMENT
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Matthew
6 years of experience
Hi yes the guy was very punctual but nothing was fixed still don't know what's wrong with my car .
2008 BMW 535I - CAR DOES NOT SHIFT FROM PARK TO DRIVE INSPECTION
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Sam
12 years of experience
Honest, pleasant, and knowledgeable
2007 MERCEDES-BENZ E350 - OTHER INSPECTIONS
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ServiceYourMechanic PriceShop/Dealer Price
Headlights are dim Inspection for 2017 Dodge Durango V6-3.6LYourMechanic Price$70.00Shop/Dealer Price$84.52 - $95.41
Headlights are dim Inspection for 1967 Dodge A108 Van L6-3.7LYourMechanic Price$70.00Shop/Dealer Price$84.59 - $95.53
Headlights are dim Inspection for 2014 BMW 435i L6-3.0L TurboYourMechanic Price$70.00Shop/Dealer Price$95.45 - $114.54
Headlights are dim Inspection for 1969 Mercedes-Benz 250C L6-2.8LYourMechanic Price$70.00Shop/Dealer Price$95.49 - $114.60
Headlights are dim Inspection for 1979 GMC K3500 V8-5.7LYourMechanic Price$70.00Shop/Dealer Price$84.53 - $95.43
Headlights are dim Inspection for 2012 Kia Forte5 L4-2.4LYourMechanic Price$70.00Shop/Dealer Price$84.52 - $95.40
Headlights are dim Inspection for 1982 GMC K1500 V8-5.0LYourMechanic Price$70.00Shop/Dealer Price$84.61 - $95.56
Headlights are dim Inspection for 1969 Ford Maverick L6-3.3LYourMechanic Price$70.00Shop/Dealer Price$84.59 - $95.52
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