A turn signal is one of those things on your vehicle that you don’t often pay much mind to, but it’s a very important safety feature. Without this turn signal, how would people know which way you are planning to turn? With that said, a turn signal bulb does have a lifespan to it, which means if you have your vehicle long enough you’re bound to need a new bulb. Not to worry, finding a good quality turn signal bulb is not only relatively easy, but it’s a relatively inexpensive part to replace.

To get a better understanding of what to look for when buying a turn signal bulb, look at the following tips:

  • Good quality: What defines “good quality” in the case of a turn signal bulb is one that is reliable, shines bright and clear, is easy to replace, and lasts for a decent amount of time.

  • Check your owners manual: Before shopping, check your owners’ manual so you know what kind of bulb you need. Be sure you are aware of the make, model, and year of your vehicle, as this information is needed when shopping. Read the various boxes/packages carefully, as each bulb type offers its’ own list of features. Some will be brighter, while others may have a longer lifespan.

The turn signal bulb needs to remain in good working condition at all times in order to ensure your safety, as well as the safety of others. There’s also the fact that if your bulb isn’t working you run the risk of being ticketed.

Note: Not every car alerts you if the bulb is burnt out, so it may be wise to check it on your own from time to time.

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This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How to Buy a Good Quality Turn Signal Bulb and was authored by Valerie Johnston.


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