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Nissan Maxima Fog Light Bulb

Diagnosing Common Nissan Maxima Fog Light Bulb Problems

One of the worst things that could happen to you is to have failing fog lights as you're driving through thick fog. This could leave you barely able to see anything on the road, and it could also leave you vulnerable to an accidental collision. If you begin to experience any problem with the fog light bulbs, be sure to check them out immediately and have them fixed as soon as possible. This ensures that they will operate without any issue every time you need them to. For more information regarding Nissan Maxima fog light bulb problems, read on.

Fog light bulbs that won't turn on

This problem is commonly caused by a blown-out light bulb, a blown fuse, or a malfunctioning relay. The first thing you'll need to check is the bulb. Open up the fog light assembly and take out the fog light bulb. Check whether or not the filament inside is burned out; black or gray deposits coating the inside of the bulb are an indication of a burned-out bulb. You could also stick the bulb in another bulb socket to see if it turns on normally. Replace the bulb once you determine that it is burned out.

If the bulb is okay, open the Maxima's fuse box and look for the appropriate fog light fuse. Check the fuse to see if the electrical connection within the fuse is severed or burned out; replace the fuse if so. For the relay, you could test it with an ohmmeter if you wish. If you get no readings, that means there is no electricity flowing through it and that it should be replaced immediately. An easier test would be to put a new relay in the fog light relay slot. If the fog light turns on as normal after, then that means the old relay was problematic.

Fog light bulbs that flicker or turn off but work normally after being knocked gently

This is usually caused by a problematic connection in the electrical system. Open up the fog light assembly and inspect the fog light bulb and its socket. Check if the bulb is screwed in tightly and isn't wobbling around. Tighten the bulb as needed. Check the connection of the wires and bulb socket as well and make sure that they are secure. Too much dirt in the fog light assembly could also mess with the electrical contacts, so be sure to clean the fog light assembly with some electrical parts cleaner. For rusty or corroded electrical components, have them replaced immediately.

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  • Maintenance and Proper Use of Nissan Maxima Fog Light Bulb 27 February 2013

    Navigating the dark and foggy roads of America would be really hard without lights to illuminate the way. Fog lights, as the name suggests, allow us to drive through thick fog that would have otherwise rendered us unable to see anything on the road. Fog light bulbs require proper maintenance, so they won't fail you when you most need them. There is also a proper to way use these lights; this will ensure that you won't hamper the vision of other drivers and this will also prevent you from getting in trouble with the law. To learn more about the proper use and maintenance of a Nissan Maxima fog light bulb, read on.


    Proper maintenance

    Inspect the fog light bulb before heading out.


    If your headlight bulb is malfunctioning, the best time to know about it would be just before you head out on your Maxima. Before leaving with your vehicle, turn on all the fog lights to check for any problems. Fix any issue you see as soon as possible. This surely beats driving through the heavy fog after work only to discover that the fog lights won't switch on; good luck getting home when that happens.


    Replace fog light bulbs as soon as they burn out.


    All light bulbs are bound to burn out; it's a fact of life. There is nothing else you can do but to replace the fog light bulbs whenever it happens. Bringing along some extra bulbs is a good idea, especially if one of the bulbs get busted while you are driving.


    Proper use of fog lights

    Point the fog lights at the right direction.


    Fog lights are best aimed downwards towards the street and not straight ahead. This will better illuminate the road ahead of you. Pointing the fog lights downward also prevents glare, which is caused by the light bouncing around the fog.


    Use fog lights only at the right situation.


    Use the fog lights only when there is very low visibility on the road when fog is around. If you use fog lights in any other situation, you may blind incoming traffic and you can also get pulled over by the local authorities for committing a traffic offence.