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2004 Audi A4
Question: what causes frequent headlamp burnout?
Answer #1United Auto Service Center from United Auto Service Center, June 11, 2012, 08:45Technician
I've seen this before on these and VW vehicles. Often times, the mounts for the adjusters inside the headlamp assembly will break, allowing the bulb to vibrate excessively, and consequently, the bulbs to burn out. Unfortunately, the only fix is new headlamp assemblies. If the light pattern oscillates as you drive down the road, or you can't aim your headlamps, then they are broken.
Moisture intrusion if the covers are not replaced, as well as improper installation (touching the glass) is also a possibility.
Answer #2gerardof71 August 05, 2012, 09:22Rookie
If you're talking about frequent bulb burnouts it might be caused by handling the bulb with oily fingers. The person at the Audi dealership told me the oil on the bulb causes it to heat up higher than normal and fail more frequently.