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For two years I have put new lights in at least every two months. They burn out faster and faster each time. The last time the lowbeam didn't even make it 5 minutes before smoking and melting the plastic base of the bulb. I don't touch the bulbs when installing. I don't have my headlights on in the daytime. They aren't on when I start my car. I have installed both low beams at the same time before, and they went out at the same time 3 days later. I have not tried dialectical grease yet because I don't want to waste two more bulbs or catch my car on fire. The Certified Hyundai Dealer Won't do the work. Can anyone help me solve this puzzel or at least refer me to an affordable specialist In Oakland or near by? Thank You
 

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what year is your car and why will they not do the work? sounds like they just don't want the hassle.

considering that your fuses are not blown and everything else is fine, a short seems like the only option. regardless, check your headlight fuse to ensure the correct one is installed. refer to your owner's manual.

next check your wiring right up to the fuse box under the hood. i'm going to guess you'd find one chewed through, maybe touching ground.
 

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What brand of bulb, and part number.

The dealer bulbs are real pricy.

With van running what is the battery voltage measurement; should be lower than 14.5 volts or you could have a regulator problem; it's built into alternator.
 

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I owned a car a few years back that used to blow bulbs every couple of weeks, headlights included.

As I could get cheap bulb packs, I didn't worry about it too much but it was a pain in the arse.

Then one day in the winter my battery was as flat as a pancake - it was the original battery that came with the car and 10 years old so there was no shame to it.

I picked up a used replacement battery from the breakers yard and for whatever reason never had a single bulb fail from that day until I sold the car - was it coincidence...I've no idea?
 

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I've been fighting this with my 07 Entourage since new. I get about 6 months on bulbs. I've replaced alternators, tried different brands of bulbs and can't figure it out. Mine don't melt, just burn out. They are on always while driving, but so is my Tourning and that doesn't eat bulbs.. I can't believe a dealer won't look at it though.
 

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Check and clean battery earth straps where they bolt to the inner mud guard near the battery and on the engine block itself. Sounds like voltage issues, most likely due to bad earthing causing 'surges', these cars run isolated earths, each component has it's own earth cable which is taken back to common 'earth points'. The alternator relies on direct connection to engine block and earth straps to maintain good voltage control. Subarus are the worst for this.
 

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DVOM on the battery posts and monitor charge voltage. Suspect hard voltage spike is overpowering the filament and burn the element.

Find the ground poit for each headlamp, and knock the paint off to bare shiney steel, as we all know that paint is not a conductor, paint is an insulator.

Bulbs, stick with known name, Phillips, Osram, Sylvania, GE is top names that come to mind quickly.
 

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The other suggestions are good. I will add this. Handle bulbs with rubber gloves for longer life. The oils from fingers can greatly reduce bulb life.
 
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