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polo54

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327 posts

72 months

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My driver's side headlight isn't working - must be the bulb. Only noticed it last night but I won't have a chance to get a new bulb in until this weekend. Is it illegal to drive with only one functioning headlight? If it makes any difference, the other two lights at the front still work (can't remember the name for them!).

Thanks

jazzyjeff

3,626 posts

139 months

pits

4,528 posts

70 months

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guessing you have a Polo, if so it should take 5 minutes, stop in a petrol station they usually sell bulbs these days, pick one up put it in. It really isnt hard or a weekend job

BAHN-STORMA

2,687 posts

70 months

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polo54 said:
Is it illegal
Yes

Vipers

18,128 posts

108 months

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Tuesday 17th February 2009 quote quote all
polo54 said:
My driver's side headlight isn't working - must be the bulb. Only noticed it last night but I won't have a chance to get a new bulb in until this weekend. Is it illegal to drive with only one functioning headlight? If it makes any difference, the other two lights at the front still work (can't remember the name for them!).

Thanks
Side lights spring to mind......


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polo54

Original Poster:

327 posts

72 months

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Vipers said:
polo54 said:
My driver's side headlight isn't working - must be the bulb. Only noticed it last night but I won't have a chance to get a new bulb in until this weekend. Is it illegal to drive with only one functioning headlight? If it makes any difference, the other two lights at the front still work (can't remember the name for them!).

Thanks
Side lights spring to mind......


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That's the one!

So will I need a specific bulb or are there universal ones available from petrol stations?

Thanks

allaway

346 posts

102 months

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Chances are you'll need to go to a main dealer to get the correct headlamp bulb for your model. Some can be a real pain to change.

Vipers

18,128 posts

108 months

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polo54 said:
That's the one!So will I need a specific bulb or are there universal ones available from petrol stations?

Thanks
Either check in your handbook, or take the old one out.

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BertBert

8,110 posts

91 months

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polo54 said:
My driver's side headlight isn't working - must be the bulb. Only noticed it last night but I won't have a chance to get a new bulb in until this weekend. Is it illegal to drive with only one functioning headlight? If it makes any difference, the other two lights at the front still work (can't remember the name for them!).

Thanks
Did you actually do the driving test and pass? Remember that tedious book called the Highway Code? No, I thought not. Perhaps your next two bedtime books should be the HC and a Polo Haynes manual.

Bert

charlie6387

13 posts

63 months

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"Is it illegal"

no its fine to drive around with no headlights

polo54

Original Poster:

327 posts

72 months

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charlie6387 said:
"Is it illegal"

no its fine to drive around with no headlights
My driver's side headlight isn't working - must be the bulb. Only noticed it last night but I won't have a chance to get a new bulb in until this weekend. Is it illegal to drive with only one functioning headlight? If it makes any difference, the other two lights at the front still work (can't remember the name for them!).

?

Hammerwerfer

3,234 posts

120 months

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I always thought they fitted headlights to US cars and headlamps to UK and Irish ones. Scheinwerfer to the German ones etc...

Edited by Hammerwerfer on Wednesday 18th February 00:14

Vipers

18,128 posts

108 months

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Hammerwerfer said:
I always thought they fitted headlights to US cars and headlamps to UK and Irish ones. Scheinwerfer to the German ones etc...

Edited by Hammerwerfer on Wednesday 18th February 00:14
Re the first post "must be the bulb during my service days, if we asked an electrician for a bulb, they would respond with :-

"Bulbs grow in your garden, you want a lamp"

Just to get your post entirely true, "They fit headlights to US cars, one stuck on full beam to UK ones......." laugh

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freedman

4,210 posts

87 months

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allaway said:
Chances are you'll need to go to a main dealer to get the correct headlamp bulb for your model.
Of course you wont, any motor factors including Halfords will have them

freedman

4,210 posts

87 months

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polo54 said:
charlie6387 said:
"Is it illegal"

no its fine to drive around with no headlights
My driver's side headlight isn't working - must be the bulb. Only noticed it last night but I won't have a chance to get a new bulb in until this weekend. Is it illegal to drive with only one functioning headlight? If it makes any difference, the other two lights at the front still work (can't remember the name for them!).

?
Of course its illegal, and dangerous

DonnyMac

3,358 posts

83 months

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freedman said:
polo54 said:
charlie6387 said:
"Is it illegal"

no its fine to drive around with no headlights
My driver's side headlight isn't working - must be the bulb. Only noticed it last night but I won't have a chance to get a new bulb in until this weekend. Is it illegal to drive with only one functioning headlight? If it makes any difference, the other two lights at the front still work (can't remember the name for them!).

?
Of course its illegal, and dangerous
Is it? I was always under the impression that you only required sidelights in built up lit 30mph zones - I believe this is dangerous, but not illegal to use sidelights only.
Probably wrong though.

hugoagogo

17,214 posts

113 months

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allaway said:
Chances are you'll need to go to a main dealer to get the correct headlamp bulb for your model. Some can be a real pain to change.
????

it will be a standard h4 or h7, available in any petrol station or halfords, or even DIY shop

littleredrooster

2,313 posts

76 months

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DonnyMac said:
Is it? I was always under the impression that you only required sidelights in built up lit 30mph zones - I believe this is dangerous, but not illegal to use sidelights only.
Probably wrong though.
Yup - wrong. Sidelights are only parking lights and cannot be used when the vehicle is moving; dipped headlamps must be used during the defined hours of darkness.

spikeyhead

8,369 posts

77 months

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hugoagogo said:
allaway said:
Chances are you'll need to go to a main dealer to get the correct headlamp bulb for your model. Some can be a real pain to change.
????

it will be a standard h4 or h7, available in any petrol station or halfords, or even DIY shop
Whilst I'm loath to recommend Halfords, they'll also fit the bulb for you.

Vaux

1,506 posts

96 months

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littleredrooster said:
DonnyMac said:
Is it? I was always under the impression that you only required sidelights in built up lit 30mph zones - I believe this is dangerous, but not illegal to use sidelights only.
Probably wrong though.
Yup - wrong. Sidelights are only parking lights and cannot be used when the vehicle is moving; dipped headlamps must be used during the defined hours of darkness.
Highway Code rule 113 needs re-writing then.

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