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Приобретаем, устанавливаем и самостоятельно обслуживаем противотуманные фары на Мазда 3

Приобретаем, устанавливаем и самостоятельно обслуживаем противотуманные фары на Мазда 3

В данной статье мы поговорим о том, как установить новые противотуманные фары на Мазда 3 взамен пришедших в негодность штатных. Дело в том, что этот японский автомобиль славится своей динамикой, и нередко причиной разбитых фонарей становятся дорожные камни, летящие из-под колес автомобилей.

А все потому, что владельцы при обгонах очень близко «прижимаются» к автомобилям, движущимся в попутном направлении, из-за чего дорожная пыль и грязь летят прямо в лицо машине. Зато простота ремонта и невысокая цена на запчасти не становятся обременительными для владельцев, что также способствует популярности Мазда 3.

Стекло противотуманной фары Мазда 3 расположено довольно близко к дороге, что не способствует ее долголетию

Совет: если ваши световые приборы страдают от повреждений слишком часто – закажите изготовление наклеек на фары.
Эта прозрачная пленка способна надежно их защитить.

Демонтаж и замена ламп ближнего света своими руками

Замена лампочки выполняется поэтапно:

  1. Сначала снимаем грязезащитный кожух и откручиваем болты крепления крышки фары.
  2. Далее демонтируем крышку блок-фары.
  3. Затем необходимо снять заглушку, прикрывающую фонарь.
  4. Отключив питание, вынимаем лампочку вместе с переходником.
  5. Отжав пружину, вынимаем лампу из переходника.
  6. Далее устанавливается новый осветительный элемент.
  7. Собирается фара в обратном порядке.

Как отрегулировать фары самостоятельно на мазда 6

Некоторые нюансы регулировки фар на Мазда 6. Регулировка фар на Мазда 6 Популярная линейка автомобилей Mazda 6 выпускается мазда 6 регулировка фар года в Японии называется Mazda Atenza.

Особенности фар Мазда 6 Осветительные системы автомобилей этой линейки разнообразны и зависит от модификации авто. Выпускают суппорта для систем освещения с двумя и четырьмя лампочками: С раздельным регулированием ближнего и дальнего света, для чего может потребоваться специальный инструмент.

Catalytic converter failure

Catalytic converter failure

The catalytic converter is integrated into a vehicle’s exhaust system. It turns the carbon monoxide generated during the combustion process into carbon dioxide. It’s a fairly simple part, and its failure can often be prevented. That’s good news, because a new one costs between $200 and $600 depending on the make and model. Every late-model car that runs on gasoline has a catalytic converter.

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Performing regular maintenance (such as oil changes) on time is key to keeping your car’s catalytic converter in working order. If you live in the city and mostly drive short distances, take your car on the highway every now and then to ensure the catalytic converter doesn’t get clogged. And as always, keep your eyes and ears open for unusual sounds or discolored smoke coming from the exhaust.

Why Do My Headlight Bulbs Keep Blowing?!


Most of us with vehicle ownership experience will know that changing light bulbs on a vehicle should be as easy as just removing the cover from the back of the light, and slotting a new one straight in; easy peasy right? Unfortunately not, some vehicles can become your nemesis when it comes to bulb changes. Who would of thought that a very few specially selected vehicle designers have a unique ambition in life to make headlight bulb changes one of the most frustrating, time consuming, expensive, hand-torturing maintenance process there possibly is to do on a car?

The point is proven when last week you spent most of Sunday morning just removing the front bumper and 100,000 of those dreaded, rusty bottom engine cover bolts just to swap out some pesky little light bulbs!

Reason #1 – Faulty Voltage / Alternator Regulator (A.K.A Voltage Stabiliser)

The voltage regulator is a critical piece of electrical equipment in a vehicle, they can usually be found attached to the side of the alternator or mounted separately. In easy-to-understand terms, it limits the maximum amount of voltage that runs through the electrical system to a safe and usable amount for all components to utilise.

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If the voltage regulator is intermittently having problems then it’s most definitely the source of your bulb problems. This is due to spikes of high voltage jumping through the system which in-turn blow the bulb filaments and/or headlight fuses.

You can perform a simple test to check if the voltage regulator is faulty, however you’ll need another person to help you rev the engine whilst you take a multimeter reading.

  • Acquire a multimeter if you don’t have one, you can usually purchase one for under £10
  • Open the bonnet and remove the positive red terminal safety cover from the battery (if there is one)
  • Set your multimeter to 20 DC volts as shown in the photo. The DC Volts symbol is a V, and next to it there should be three dots with a straight line on top
  • Don’t use the symbol with a V and a squiggly line next to it, as that’s AC volts. Useful tip – think of the squiggly line as alternating current (AC) to remember this!
  • Before you begin testing, make sure the ignition and all of your vehicle’s lights are off.
  • Connect the red + (positive) multimeter test lead to your battery’s positive terminal.
  • Then, connect the black – (negative) multimeter test lead to your battery’s negative terminal.
  • Have your assistant turn on the engine (check it’s in neutral first)
  • The multimeter reading should rise to around 13.8 volts whilst the car is idling, this means the alternator is charging the battery correctly
  • Ask the person helping to slowly rev the engine until it reaches 1500 – 2000 RPM
  • Check the multimeter reading and jot it down, the voltage regulator should cap the amount to 14.5v. If the reading is over 14.5v then your voltage regulator is most definitely faulty.
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Another known problem in the same category is that some poorly manufactured alternator belts can cause power surges due to static build up. This problem can be found by performing the check above and hopefully fixed by replacing the alternator belt with a premium brand, or by installing resistors to the low and high beam circuits. This is a common ‘online forum’ notable fix for some vehicles. Try replacing the regulator first to see if it fixes the problem.

Reason #2 – Loose wiring connections to the bulb holder/bulb

This can cause the current or ‘flow’ of electricity to contact intermittently on and off, this can in-turn cause an increase in heat. Temperatures that go beyond what the bulb is designed to cater for will easily cause the filament inside to blow.

Vibrations in the headlight can also increase this problem, so check to make sure all headlight bolts are tight, that no headlight mounts are cracked and that the electrical connectors to the bulbs are secure. We recommend fitting new connectors to the bulb to completely eradicate them as the source of problems, especially if they look burnt, melted or show signs of corrosion inside.

H4 Plug Connector

Reason #3 – Poor Quality Bulbs

This one might sound like a bit of a cliche, however the truth is that dirt cheap bulbs are no where near the quality standards of high-end brands and this why we will never sell them. The wire filaments are usually made from a far thinner gauge of tungsten which can see them fail in a matter of hours. Vibrations are the most common cause of failure on cheap bulbs, and this combined with thin gauge wire results in easy failures, especially if there are voltage fluctuations going on with a dodgy regulator. It’s an obvious sign of household technology put into a car bulb, so failures are bound to happen easily, have you ever seen the wire wobble around inside a household bulb? Stick to a high quality German brand such as OSRAM, they’re available in our shop.

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Reason #4 – Touching the bulbs glass on installation

Halogen bulbs obviously get very hot during operation and the chances are that by the time you get to the stage of actually fitting the bulb, your hands look like this. Bulbs need to heat evenly throughout the whole of the bulbs surface for optimum lifetime, leaving traces of dirt and grime or even the oil from your skin can sometimes cause uneven heating when the bulb is in use.

Dirty Hands

Touching bulbs with hands this oily is a recipe for premature failure

In some extreme cases, dirt on the bulbs glass can cause a complete structural failure and they end up exploding! Use clean latex gloves and only try to touch the bulbs metal base when installing, this can be very tricky when sometimes they’re hard to position correctly with limited amounts of space.

Reason #5 – Excessive vibration

Reason #6 – Excessive condensation in the headlight

Too much condensation in headlights can cause electrical shorts and diminish the lifetime of bulbs rapidly, so it’s important to check if they’re getting too damp inside.

Headlights are usually ventilated through the top and bottom of the unit through small holes or tubes usually found with a 90 degree bend to them. They’re designed to only allow a certain amount of air to flow in and out for heat dissipation but also to help reduce moisture in the lens. If the bulb covers on the back of the headlight aren’t mounted correctly or any seals have broken around the lens, then you can expect a higher amount of condensation in the headlight than normal.

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Headlight Condensation

Aftermarket Headlights & Condensation

Some after-market ‘copy’ headlights are made so poorly that a large amount of condensation can be seen after just a couple weeks. It’s worth noting that minor condensation is perfectly normal, however when ‘pools’ of water form at the bottom corners it should be checked out ASAP. The staff here have their own experiences with after-market headlights and can safely say they’re a waste of time. For this reason among others, we only sell original (OEM) branded headlights due to wanting the very best for our customers.

Have you had a really bad experience changing headlight bulbs? Let us know in the comments section below.

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