Why do my Grand Vitara's headlights keep failing?
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Q: My 2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara blows out its headlamps often and now my low beams don't work. I've replaced all four head lamps and the fuses are OK. What's the problem?
A: This sounds like you may have a bad alternator which is over-charging (putting out too much voltage). The headlights are always the first to go because they are the weakest link in the circuit.
I would start by having your alternator tested. You can do a quick check yourself if you have a digital volt meter. With the car running, measure voltage at the battery's positive and negative terminals. A normally operating alternator should fluctuate around 13-14 volts. If you get a reading over 14 volts then your alternator's voltage regulator is bad. You will then need to have it rebuilt or replaced.
-- Answer from Paul C., a master auto technician on JustAnswer.
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