How To Polish and Restore Your Hazy Headlights The Right Way

Winter's fast approaching, and with the snowy season dead ahead, it's important that your headlights are as clean and clear as possible to make sure your front bumper doesn't become someone's rear bumper. Here's how to polish and restore hazy headlights the right way. » 11/28/14 3:41pm 11/28/14 3:41pm

A 50-Year-Old Regulation Stops Us From Getting Cool Headlights

I recently learned that Mercedes-Benz, official automaker of drivers who put tissue boxes on the rear shelf, has updated the CLS for the 2015 model year. This is great news, and I invite you all to join me in expressing our collective excitement by asking the following question: They still make the CLS? » 6/23/14 3:34pm 6/23/14 3:34pm

Flashing Headlights Is Free Speech -- And Also Neighborly ​

Are you one of those selfish pricks who knows there's a speed trap up ahead, but doesn't flash your lights to warn fellow motorists? Well, now you don't have to be. A court ruled that flashing your headlights, even to warn of stealthily hidden law enforcement, is protected speech. » 2/05/14 2:33pm 2/05/14 2:33pm

The Lexus RC's Headlights Are Amazingly Weird

When I was growing up car headlights were pretty boring. They were blocky ovals or rectangles, all made out of the same chunky clear plastic. Now car designers get to play with some of the weirdest headlight shapes since the 1960s, and the new Lexus RC shows that perfectly. » 11/05/13 2:00pm 11/05/13 2:00pm

How To Replace A Headlight Bulb

We've done Parking Lot Mechanic before, and that was both great and great fun. But I am no certified mechanic, nor do I have a parking lot, so why not kick back, relax, and watch some movies? » 6/29/13 3:03pm 6/29/13 3:03pm

These New Robotic Headlights Dodge Raindrops

Further proving the idea that in the future we'll be driving clusters of robots that have grudgingly agreed to drop us off somewhere, Carnegie Mellon University researcher Srinivasa Narasimhan has developed a new smart headlight system that prevents glare in the rain by actively dodging the droplets of water. » 7/30/12 4:20pm 7/30/12 4:20pm

How Good Is Your Car-Light ID Kung-Fu? Take The Quiz!

Like most car guys, I have a wildly overestimated faith in my car-identification abilities, especially at night. Ever since I was a kid, bouncing around in the luggage well of my dad's '68 Beetle or the family's vast '73 County Squire, I loved trying to identify cars by just their headlight/running light patterns at… » 7/13/12 4:00pm 7/13/12 4:00pm

How To Clean Your Headlamp Lenses

Take a look at the front of your car. If it's a few years old, there's a good chance that those cheap plastic headlamp lenses the manufacturer slapped on there are starting to look as yellow as a heroin addict's teeth. » 7/06/12 4:00pm 7/06/12 4:00pm

How Pixar screwed up cartoon cars for a generation of kids

Normally, I wouldn't want to bring up something of this gravity during the holidays, but I have to take a firm stand on an issue that's been bothering me for a long while. I've sat by long enough and did nothing while wrongs were committed, on greater and greater scales. But no more. Today I make my stand. Here goes: » 12/26/11 12:45pm 12/26/11 12:45pm

BMW will replace LED headlights with freaking lasers

A new report from Munich reveals that, while Audi was busy trying to shove 300 LEDs into the snout of an A7, BMW's been working on the real future: laser headlights. My cat is going to flip out. » 9/01/11 1:30pm 9/01/11 1:30pm

I Miss Screw-On Headlight Covers

There once was a time when bulb changes didn't require prying headlight housings out from engine bays with easily-broken Ikea-like plastic tabs. Easy access to headlights? Those were the days. [shinyside] Photo Credit: Ian Merritt » 12/06/10 10:00am 12/06/10 10:00am

The Audi A8's LED Headlamps Look Like They're Built By Tony Stark

The 2011 Audi A8's a high-tech gadgetmobile from front-to-back. Exhibit A: the A8's pure LED "gorgeous set of eyes" are works of functional art. No wonder Tom Brady wanted one so badly. » 9/14/10 11:20am 9/14/10 11:20am

How To Give Your Fog Lights DIY Halos

Check it out: ChargerForums member Black Bullet (likely an alias) wanted that cool LED halo look on his fogs without going the OEM route. About $150 later: Not bad! Mr. Bullet shares his expertise, as well as pictures, below. » 9/14/09 1:20pm 9/14/09 1:20pm

Sarah Jessica Parker Pulled Over For Not Using Headlights, Brain

Sarah Jessica Parker was given a warning for driving-without-headlights after explaining she didn't know how to turn them on in her new Mercedes. Add this to the list of things Parker no longer knows how to turn on. [PageSix] » 6/22/09 1:30pm 6/22/09 1:30pm

LA Auto Show Blasting: Truth in Mastheads; Lexus LS600hL Headlights Are…

You know how we claim to loves cars just because of the curve of the hood? Well, now we love a car solely because of its headlights. Sure, the miserably named LS600hL is the world's most expensive hybrid, and it makes 430 hybrid horsepower and we'd like to be buried in the oh-so-luxurious backseat, but just look at… » 11/29/06 8:19pm 11/29/06 8:19pm

The Day-Walker Woodchuck: How Much Gas Would A Headlight Use If A…


When we were kids, we loved that "Way Things Work" book. Although we absorbed very little from it, it was always fun looking at the pretty pictures and diagrams. HowStuffWorks.com is the net equivalent of that book, and just like the book, we absorbed very little from the text. Take for example the question posed by… » 7/25/06 9:30pm 7/25/06 9:30pm

Manfred Mann's Undoing: Not Blinded by the Light

Even though we knew we had to be wrong, we always thought the hoary old lyric went "Blinded by the light/Wrapped up like a douche/Another runner in the night." Not that the song's lyrics actually really make more sense if heard correctly — we're guessing that Springsteen was having a psilocybin day when he penned… » 4/07/06 12:03am 4/07/06 12:03am