Summer Maintenance for Exterior Car Lights

Graff Bay City is committed to keeping you safe this summer season. No matter how many miles you’re traveling, your vehicle will perform safely and efficiently if you perform proper maintenance. Exterior lights for cars, which include headlights, taillights, brake lights, and turn signals, are oftentimes overlooked when it comes to auto maintenance. Nevertheless, they are very important to your safety when driving. Exterior car lights are important for two reasons: 1) for you to be able to see a safe distance in front of you when you’re driving at night or in gloomy weather and 2) for other drivers to be able to see you and anticipate where you’re going. In the following sections, you will learn about the details of each of your car’s exterior lights and how to replace an auto light bulb. Let’s start with a breakdown of your main vehicle exterior lights:

Other lights that your vehicle may have include fog lights, running lights, license plate lights, and side mirror lights. These accent lights are not included on all makes and models, but it’s important to mention that if you do have these lights on your vehicle, they need to be working at all times. If any of your vehicle’s lights are burnt out, you are liable for a potential ticket.

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Replacing Bulbs in Your Car Exterior Lights

The easiest way to know if one of your exterior car lights is burnt out, is to perform a monthly check on all your lights. Have a friend or family member stand outside your vehicle to inspect all your lights as you illuminate them. If one of your turn signal bulbs is about to burn out, it will usually flash and click faster than normal. Replacing a bulb is usually an easy fix, but it if you’re having trouble feel free to make an appointment at our Bay City service center. Here are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind when replacing a vehicle light bulb:

Some car manufacturers require you to replace your entire headlight kit when a bulb burns out. This is most common with vehicles using LED lights.

Remember that after replacing an exterior bulb, you’ll likely have to ensure your headlights are aiming in their proper position. As every make and model is different, we recommend looking for replacement instructions in your owner’s manual or giving us a call for extra help. If your car’s exterior light is not working after you replace your bulb, this may be due to a shortage in one of your wires or a broken or missing light component. If this is the case, bring your vehicle into the Graff Bay City Service Center and one of our experienced service technicians will inspect your headlight unit to determine the problem.


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Schedule a Car Exterior Light Service Appointment at Graff Bay City

Routinely maintaining your vehicle’s exterior lights will keep you safe on the road this summer and throughout the year! Check out all of our Summer Car Care tips via the navigation on the left of this page to learn about the maintenance your vehicle needs this season. With the right seasonal maintenance, your vehicle will run better and longer. At Graff Bay City, we have an amazing team of expert service technicians that will take care of your vehicle every time you bring it in for service. Schedule your summer car care appointment at Graff Bay City online or call (989) 684-4411. Our dealership is located at 3636 Wilder Rd, Bay City, MI 48706. We’re proud to serve our neighboring communities including Pinconning, Clio, Frankenmuth, and Midland.