Reliability

Submitted: Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 at 14:35
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Just how reliable are these vehicles today, we drive them over hundreds of sand hills and dirt roads we pick up kids from school and they dont care about drinks and lollies dropping on the seats and floor, to the supermarket on a regular basis, we change gears more than 40 times going up the street, the final drive goes round and round, is jerked when the gears are changed, the poor old clutch is slipped and run hot, thrust race is possibly the most abused part of the car. engine goes round thousands of times per hour , pistons and rings sliding up and down, or in the case of a Subaru this way and that,and is still hanging on, possibly millions of times , as yet i have not worked that one out. But i digress. I was just wondering how long a head light should last.

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Reply By: Member - Laurie K (WA) - Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 at 15:22

Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 at 15:22
Love it :-)
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Reply By: brushmarx - Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 at 16:41

Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 at 16:41
There was extensive research into headlights in the USA in (I think) 2008.
After exhaustive tests it was averaged out that the high beam filament should last 3 years 7 months and 14 days, where the low beam filament was 5 years 2 months and 28 days.
There was a correlation between the temperatures, which surprisingly the colder the night temperature the shorter the life, and the roughness of the road.
It also depended on the extent of driving in towns/cities and the country roads.
Based on all the results were extrapolated the expected life was 4 years 9 months and 3 days.
There was an exception, and that was the Jeep lights. The number of weeks Jeeps averaged in the workshop extended the life expectancy by a huge amount.
And, no, I don't think I can find the link.
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 at 19:56

Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 at 19:56
Yes, Jeeps save a lot of fuel by being towed as well...:-)
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Reply By: sweetwill - Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 at 16:47

Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 at 16:47
Well Muzbry, Only went to get a pair of standed high beam lights for my 80 series today Not sure but I would say they are the orignial ones it is a 95, cheers Billy.
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Reply By: Bob R4 - Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 at 18:21

Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 at 18:21
Good question.
I changed the original sealed beam units on my 1988 Hi-Ace van six months ago.
One became "unsealed" and held some free water, the other was still fine. Put 2 newies on as the currently available units are much brighter. I think the cost was about $50 on fleabay.
Motor parts are less reliable. Had to get the injectors and pump recond 3 or 4 years ago ($600 approx.)
Old girl has only done 580k, and the problem I have is to change to another vehicle will cost a lot and I don't think the trade-in will be too generous :-) Guess I'll have to try and wear it out.

Only other items are brakes, timing belts, rear main seal, (and clutch at the same time), and 1 radiator. All self serviced.

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Reply By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 at 18:25

Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 at 18:25
Are you talking about one of those LED things you strap to your noggin? Or a miners lamp with an incandescent bulb and powered by a lead - acid battery? Anyway my Pathfinder is plated 2001 and the headlights are original but I have replaced a rear brakelight bulb.... Cheers...... W
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Follow Up By: Michael H9 - Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 at 19:59

Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 at 19:59
Some new cars won't start if the brake light has blown, or they go into limp mode. I think I read it was a Nissan?
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Follow Up By: Frank P (NSW) - Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 at 20:46

Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 at 20:46
Some new cars won't start if the windscreen washer fluid is low!

There was a thread on that here a while ago - some poor bugger on the CSR. They got it figured out after checking everything serious.

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Reply By: Notso - Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 at 20:18

Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 at 20:18
How long since you did a valve grind on your vehicle? Or did Rings and bearings? Strike me pink, I haven't had a puncture since 2001!
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Follow Up By: Roachie Silverado - Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 at 20:47

Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 at 20:47
I think you'll have a flat tyre in the next 24 hours....jinxed yourself I'd have to say..... hahahaha (hope I'm wrong).
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 at 23:11

Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 at 23:11
Ha ha, top thread, Muz!!!

There is an equation to work out the life of headlight globes. I don't remember it exactly but it goes something like this. "The life of a headlight globe, and it's twin, are directly related to and governed by, the importance of a future meeting, whether social or business, the timing and address of said meeting, divided by the minutes remaining before a retail outlet(ie: Supercheap/auto sparkie) closes, multiplied by the distance, in kilometres, to said retail outlet, equals driving to aforementioned meeting, with only one headlight working on low beam anyway."

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Follow Up By: Gramps - Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 at 23:23

Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 at 23:23
Bob,

You forgot to add any influence exerted on said headlight globes by transient furry grasshoppers.

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Follow Up By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Thursday, Nov 26, 2015 at 09:18

Thursday, Nov 26, 2015 at 09:18
Thanks Bob
That has cleared the problem up immensly.. Damn thing only lasted 10 years
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Reply By: blue one - Saturday, Nov 28, 2015 at 21:09

Saturday, Nov 28, 2015 at 21:09
Just walked outside to check the new ride.

GONE

4.43 hrs
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Reply By: Member - Murray R (VIC) - Monday, Nov 30, 2015 at 21:16

Monday, Nov 30, 2015 at 21:16
Muz
If they have run out of halogen I've got a machine at work that can refill them for you, cost $10 to $20 depending what glode you need filling. They come up like new and last as long as your old ones.

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