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    Rostra Cruise Control Kit - Part # 250-9633

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    175/65-14 82T Falken Sincera SN250 AS All-Season (80k mile warranty)

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    230,488 miles The battery and alternator tested fine at Autozone. I guess I got a bad batch of cheap headlights from eBay.



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    231,512 miles Tire rotation and another Techron treatment.

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    How often do you do the Techron treatments? I am doing it once per year
    2015 Mirage DE 5 speed Manual (no bluetooth) nickname: "Agile Grey Rat"

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        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2015 Mirage DE 1.2 manual: 44.9 mpg (US) ... 19.1 km/L ... 5.2 L/100 km ... 53.9 mpg (Imp)


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    You seem to know cars pretty well but you're not touching the bulbs with your hands when you install them are you? Also are you making sure they are firmly secure?

    Those are the two main reasons bulbs blow out prematurely.

    Whenever you see a cars lights jiggling around it's because the bulbs not locked in place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pryme View Post
    You seem to know cars pretty well but you're not touching the bulbs with your hands when you install them are you? Also are you making sure they are firmly secure?

    Those are the two main reasons bulbs blow out prematurely.

    Whenever you see a cars lights jiggling around it's because the bulbs not locked in place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fc321 View Post
    How often do you do the Techron treatments? I am doing it once per year
    Once every tire rotation, roughly every 7,500 miles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pryme View Post
    You seem to know cars pretty well but you're not touching the bulbs with your hands when you install them are you? Also are you making sure they are firmly secure?

    Those are the two main reasons bulbs blow out prematurely.

    Whenever you see a cars lights jiggling around it's because the bulbs not locked in place.
    I must add, that I have been getting my bulbs off eBay. I get two for $3.50 shipped! At that price, I wouldn't be surprised if I simply got a bad batch of bulbs.

    I have two bulbs remaining in my inventory. Should those bulbs have a short life, I am going to switch to Sylvania's most expensive bulb.

    Either I have been installing poorly made bulbs, or I have an intermittent electrical issue. The alternator and battery tested fine, so I'm pretty confident the bulbs are at fault.

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    Ironically, the higher priced halogen bulbs actually have a shorter life than the cheaper ones. The trade off is you get more lumens out of them. So, if you're looking for a longer life bulb, I'd stick with their basic halogen. If you want the extra brightness, you'll have to deal with shorter life and more frequent replacement.
    Custom Mirage products: Cruise control kit, Glove box light, MAF sensor housing, Rear sway bar, Upper grill block

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daox View Post
    Ironically, the higher priced halogen bulbs actually have a shorter life than the cheaper ones. The trade off is you get more lumens out of them. So, if you're looking for a longer life bulb, I'd stick with their basic halogen. If you want the extra brightness, you'll have to deal with shorter life and more frequent replacement.
    I canít believe I am saying this but thanks for the advice. I guess Iíll try plain Sylvania halogen lights if my next two cheap bulbs donít last long.



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