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I have an 06' Sedona and the Low Beam lights keep going out. I have had it now for 2 years and the right side has been changed once but the left side has been change 4 times with the last time being this past Saturday 1/3/09 and it has already gone out again in less than a week. Has anyone else had this problem? Any solutions? ....... Thanks
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a couple of suggestions things that kill headlight bulbs are vibration, is the headlight loose? poor voltage, are all the connections ok? and also dirt or grease, when fitting the new bulb do not touch the glass as even the grease from your fingers will make the bulb fail
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Things to help ensure long life:

1. Stay away from exotic colored bulbs. Even the best performing bulb out there, the Silverstar, have a reputation of short life in some cars. What I really mean is any specialty blue tinted bulbs are bad news.
2. Go with a name brand. Philips, Sylvania, and Wagner make good products. GE is marginal anymore, and do not buy any off branded parts from the gas station or the quick lube place unless you see the name brand. Places like NAPA and Carquest stock the same name brands, but have a vendor specific box. Look for the brand name.
3. Use Dielectric grease. This is a silicone grease that looks like vaseline. Spread a thin layer over the contacts of the bulb. Make sure the connector seal is not decayed or corroded.
4. Wear poly or latex gloves, or be very careful not to touch the bulb or allow the bulb to touch any part of the lens housing. Dirt and oil kill them, sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly.
5. Get a voltage tester. Any cheap one will do. Test the voltage with the car running, AC and lights on. Do you get any spikes? They can help to kill a bulb.
6. Lastly, do you have a broken sela in the light? Do they fog up? If so, the moisture can collect on the bulb and do the same thing as grease or dirt. Replace if necessary.
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thank you both for the coments. I know not to touch the bulbs and the housings are both tight with no vibration, dirt or moisture. The only thing I really dont know about would be the voltage. Question: if there are spikes would it just kill one bulb (drivers side low beam) or would it do it to all or different things? I have bought all bulbs at Auto Zone, name brand and I do not have the money to spend on specialty bulbs expecially knowing that they wont last. I use average name brand bulbs. thanks again
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It wouldn't necessarily kill a specific bulb- it was more of a thought that an alternator putting out the wrong voltage or spiking in voltage could cause a general problem, possibly causing a symptom like this and is just coincidence that it ends up being the same one all the time.
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You can check the wiring at the housing and bulb connector. You could have a broken wire that's shorting out/blowing the bulb. Turn on the lights move each wire or harness a good amount one at a time or just examine the wires.
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Thanks, I will try wiggling the wires with the lights on. I appreciate it.
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I have a 2006 Sedona EX and last year we replaced both bulbs within 2 months of each other. It costs $85 for parts and labor at the dealership. Tonight I noticed the right head lamp is out. I went online and found a pictured guide for changing the light. VERY SIMPLE!

Also, we previously owned a 2003 Kia Spectra. We replaced the headlights on that car at least 3 times. It is ridiculous. It seems KIA makes it a habit of using low quality headlight assemblies that burn out a lot. Living in Alaska we use our headlights much of the year, so it is exasperating to try and get parts or pay the dealership to do it. Guess it is time for me to become hands on!


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I am having the same problems with my '06 Kia Sedona
http://www.kia-forums.com/kia-carniv...every-six.html

I have lost two low beam headlights and a license plate light so far.
KIA says there is no pattern of a problem. No TSB, we so sorry.
Oh, really?????????
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get them replaced perhaps?
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