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Old 02.07.2011, 22:29
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Myopic Swiss cars

Since I've lived here I have wondered why so many Swiss cars drive around with one headlight or one tail light out?

Anyone shed any light on this?
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Old 02.07.2011, 22:32
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Since I've lived here I have wondered why so many Swiss cars drive around with one headlight or one tail light out?

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Go to Detroit and you wont notice anything wrong with Swiss cars.....! By US standards I think they are far ahead of the pack.
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Go to Detroit and you wont notice anything wrong with Swiss cars.....! By US standards I think they are far ahead of the pack.
Thanks. Maybe it's not such an issue in CH and US, but in UK it's quite normal to get stopped by police if you have a light out. I'm just surprised how many one-eyed cars you see here. Maybe it has something to do with the Swiss phobia of DIY car repairs.
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Re: Myopic Swiss cars

It's not just swiss cars, here on the Geneva/France border I often see french ones with defective lights. This is against the law as you are supposed to carry and use replacement bulbs as needed, but no one seems to bother checking their lights unless the car is going in for its 'visite'.
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Old 04.07.2011, 15:19
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Re: Myopic Swiss cars

Crap....where is my spare bulb...I don't even know how to open that thing to put the other thing in
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Old 04.07.2011, 15:21
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Re: Myopic Swiss cars

Don't you mean cyclopic? I can't imagine cars being short-sighted, just their drivers .
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Old 04.07.2011, 15:23
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Re: Myopic Swiss cars

personally I've rarely seen that here... cars with any lights malfunctioning.
I don't think the Swiss Police or the Swiss themselves would tolerate it for long.

of course I'm down here in GE.. maybe you northerners are more lax.
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Old 04.07.2011, 15:33
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Don't you mean cyclopic? I can't imagine cars being short-sighted, just their drivers .
Funny, I always thought myopic meant one-eyed. Duh. I suppose cyclopic is what I meant, although Cyclops had an eye in the middle as I remember.
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Old 04.07.2011, 15:48
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Since I've lived here I have wondered why so many Swiss cars drive around with one headlight or one tail light out?

Anyone shed any light on this?
I've always thought it was a fashion statement.

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Don't you mean cyclopic? I can't imagine cars being short-sighted, just their drivers .
Why else do you think they bump into things when their drivers aren't paying attention?
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Old 04.07.2011, 15:50
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Re: Myopic Swiss cars

Myopic does not mean one eyed...

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No. Still having two eyes.

(myopic means shortsighted)

I never realized we have one eyed Jack, I was wondering what that little lit up bulb on dashboard means. Cars keep flashing me, too. So I guess it's not really done here.
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Old 04.07.2011, 15:55
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Re: Myopic Swiss cars

Aren't you supposed to change both lightbulbs when one goes out?
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Old 04.07.2011, 15:59
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Aren't you supposed to change both lightbulbs when one goes out?
No, why would you?

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No, why would you?

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Since one lightbulb doesn't work, wouldn't it overload the functioning lightbulb and therefore, burn it out faster?
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Old 04.07.2011, 16:06
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Since I've lived here I have wondered why so many Swiss cars drive around with one headlight or one tail light out?

Anyone shed any light on this?
It's mainly due to the usage of headlight during the day. The lifetime of a bulb is constant but its usage doubled. When one headlight bulb goes off and you don't change it immediately the other one receives more power than planned hence reducing even more its lifetime. When you change the defective bulb the likelihood of the second to go off in the next weeks is very high. So that's why we see more "cyclopic" cars than in the past.
This was explained to me by an Audi mechanic whom I was visiting every 2-3 months to change the bulb! The remedy is: to change both bulbs asap at same time. Since then I reduced my visits to the Audi garage for headlight issues




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Funny, I always thought myopic meant one-eyed. Duh. I suppose cyclopic is what I meant, although Cyclops had an eye in the middle as I remember.
have you seen one?
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Since one lightbulb doesn't work, wouldn't it overload the functioning lightbulb and therefore, burn it out faster?

Yes. And if you have an empty light socket you need to stuff the end of a candle in there so the electricity doesn't escape.

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No, why would you?

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On some cars the sensor that tells you that you have a bulb out can be sensitive to differences between bulbs. So your right HL goes out, replace, and the little light on the dash stays on. Replace both and it goes out.

MC's car is serviced by a cheapskate who just does one bulb at a time. That's why the little light is on...

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Since one lightbulb doesn't work, wouldn't it overload the functioning lightbulb and therefore, burn it out faster?
If you turn out a lamp in your house, do the others overload and burn out quicker?

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Old 04.07.2011, 16:15
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Yes. And if you have an empty light socket you need to stuff the end of a candle in there so the electricity doesn't escape.
hmm.... I've always used steel wool.
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When one headlight bulb goes off and you don't change it immediately the other one receives more power than planned
No, it does not.

In any case, bulbs do not "receive" power, they "consume" it, and a 55W bulb will consume 55W whether 1, 2, or even 10 bulbs are connected.

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personally I've rarely seen that here... cars with any lights malfunctioning.
I don't think the Swiss Police or the Swiss themselves would tolerate it for long.
It fairly normal that Mercedes have broken indicators.
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It fairly normal that Mercedes have broken indicators.
but you have to understand here in GE all the Merc's belong either to diplomats or taxi drivers and neither of them EVER use indication.
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