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    Headlights

    I have a 2002 2.1 petrol X type sport
    My headlights are very dim at the best of times and I have to constantly drive on main beam, I also notice that under acceleration they seem to dim and my heater blower also slows down, and when I let off the throttle they seem to go back to normal, is this normal or is there any common issues that I should be looking for?
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    Time to change the lamps and perhaps clean the lenses. As for the dimming, check the tension on the alternator belt and also the state of charge in the battery.
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    The standard headamps are quite poor on the X-Type, until you swap for better bulbs, such as Osram Nightbreaker or something similar. The alternator, via the ECM, reduces output under acceleration, thereby reducing load on the engine and maximizing power, which you'll probably only notice at night. Mine used to do it, which I thought was weird until I read somewhere that's how it was designed.

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    Modernize your lighting; interior and exterior. Lighting technology has come a long way the past two decades and especially in the last. I switched out to HID and LED in 2012. While I don't do much might driving, they're much appreciated when I do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XMan2002 View Post
    Modernize your lighting; interior and exterior. Lighting technology has come a long way the past two decades and especially in the last. I switched out to HID and LED in 2012. While I don't do much might driving, they're much appreciated when I do.
    Cant swap to HID in the UK, and LED can be hit or miss, they see anything out the ordinary with the lights they fail it on the MOT.
    I just saw an Audi driver using his indicators correctly on the motorway. Twice. Should I report the vehicle as stolen?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RageMonkey1989 View Post
    Cant swap to HID in the UK, and LED can be hit or miss, they see anything out the ordinary with the lights they fail it on the MOT.
    And a good thing too. Aftermarket HIDs and LEDs may be great when you're sat behind them...for the poor buggers coming towards them on unlit roads in the rain they range from annoying to downright ****** dangerous.
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    I had a problem with my headlamps too. Seems daft but I cleaned the lens with Arm & Hammer Bicarbonate of Soda toothpaste. I was sceptical about it, but at £2.20 a tube I thought it was worth a shot, and the lenses have come up brilliantly, and makes driving at night a little bit easier! Just smear it on, work in with a toothbrush (use your wifes if you don't want to ruin yours), rinse off with warm water and bingo!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roadrunner69 View Post
    And a good thing too. Aftermarket HIDs and LEDs may be great when you're sat behind them...for the poor buggers coming towards them on unlit roads in the rain they range from annoying to downright ****** dangerous.
    I fitted HID to mine a few years ago and as they were fitted and adjusted correctly there was no problem. I have changed back to halogen Osram nightbreakers to comply with MOT rules but although they are better than the standard bulbs they are not as good as the HID.
    The problem is that many were fitted badly and caused concern but to be honest even those fitted at manufacture can be dangerous if not checked properly.

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    I used one of the headlight repair kits available. (Not the ones that use a 'mop' in a drill - too harsh). I was very impressed with the results, like new! However the lights are still worse than useless, so I have some 'Nightbreakers' to try next, heard good things about them.
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    Thanks fellas ill try the nightbreakers

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