I just bought a new replacement bulb for one of the headlights of my Plymouth Colt, and the person I bought it from reminded me not to touch the bulb with my hand. I did not have a chance to ask for an explanation, but I'd like to know why I can't touch the bulb with my hand. What would be the effect if I do so?
Chances are you bought a halogen bulb as a replacement for your headlight. This bulb has a special quartz glass, which is a bit sensitive. You should not touch the bulb because the oil in your hard might come in contact with the glass, in which case the glass will be damaged and your bulb will not last long—expect it to fail prematurely. This is the reason you are advised not to touch the bulb with your bare hand during installation. You can use gloves or tissue paper, or you can simply hold the bulb on its base instead of the glass. This will ensure that the bulb will last for a long time.
I know that tail lights are supposed to be red or amber in color and that there isn't much choice when it comes to customizing them. However, I'm seeing some tail lights with what looks like some cool blue colors in the middle. What are these things, and are they allowed upgrades in the tail light?
The vehicles you are seeing with blue inserts in the tail light (sometimes they're purple) are most probably old vehicles. These blue or purple inserts are allowed in cars that are 40 years old and higher, as well as in motorcycles. However, they are not allowed in newer vehicles. Don't worry, though, because there are actually other ways for you to customize your tail lights. You can think about adding some tail light covers and guards with the style and color of your choice.
The passenger side mirror of my Plymouth Colt is broken, but I don't have time to replace it yet. I'm going on a road trip this weekend, and I think I won't be able to replace the mirror yet by that time. Can I drive with a broken side mirror? The mirror is still in place; it just has a huge crack across it. Can I get a ticket for this?
Yes, it's possible for you to get a ticket for driving with a broken mirror. There was a time when the passenger side mirror wasn't as important as the driver side mirror and won't cause a ticket when missing, but such is no longer the case at present. In most cases, you will be given a warning and asked to have the mirror fixed the first time (you might even be asked to report back to the police headquarters just to show proof that you have already fixed the part). Remember that this mirror is crucial to your driving safety, so replace it as soon as necessary.