Brake Lights Converted to LED's
I've been wanting to convert my brake lights to LED's for some time now, but simply the technology was just not there yet. I did replace the bulbs for my center brake light in the window some time ago which has worked flawlessly ever since. As for the actual brake lights it was going to be a little bit of an investment. This bulbs aren't cheap. About $17 a bulb which will likely to out last my car. As always I went with Superbrightleds.com. I order two 1157-R3X1W bulbs.
This isn't car related but November 9th my wife and had our first baby at 2:15pm. Kayleigh is 7 pounds and 19 inches long. Now we got to find a second car, like a Audi Allroad around $8k or under. If anyone knows of a good one, please let me know.
I had started noticing the S4 starting up slow (cranking slow). My first thought was the battery was going out. Had it checked out and it was just fine. The next conclusion was that the starter was dying. The day before Thanksgiving after going into the store I came back out to the car and it would not start. I would hear a click but not crank. So the starter finally died on me. Had my wife jump in the front seat and I started pushing the car to see if we could do compression start. Sure enough we got it started up via compression. After taking my car to my friends shop I.P.M. Auto Service the problem was cause by a leaking rear main seal. Basically the starter was filled up with oil. So got the started replaced and the oil leak fixed as well. They also noticed a leak in a power steering piping so we had that replaced since it was only a $40 part. They must have also clear some electrical terminals because my headlights are now super bright. Anyway the S4 is back up and running and I'm happy.
I've owner this S4 for two years. I won't lie, it has been expensive, but as the saying goes "you gotta pay to play". Well worth it! But feel free visit some of the advertisers on my site... that will help the "paying" part for me.... Thanks!
Pictures of my interior LED lighting below:
The APR Boost Gauge uses a standard incandescent 194 wedge bulb which does not continue the overall theme of the red interior lights. I replaced the incandescent light bulb with a red 194 wedge LED bulb from Superbrightleds.com. I also put the same red LED bulbs in the foot lights under the dash for the driver and passenger seats. Gives the floor nice red glow.
I also replace the 4 BA9 map light bulbs (2 front and 2 back) to a cool white LED bulb that I also got from Superbrightleds.com. This matches the color the current dome lights as show in February 2008 post below. They are surprising bright but not blinding when you are driving.
I then replaced the 4 incandescent 194 wedge bulbs in the 3rd brake light in the rear window with red LEDs from Superbrightleds.com. For one, the LEDs are brighter and activate faster then incandescent bulbs allowing drivers behind me to see that I am braking a split second faster. Every seconds counts...
After replacing the 3rd brake light I ran into a problem with the bulb out warning displaying in the dash. After doing some research and reading suggestions from many online forums I order a load resister from superbrightleds.com and got the bulb out warning gone in a few mins.
Upgraded most but not all of the interior lighting (dome lights) with LED lighting from Superbrightleds.com.
Installed my ScanGaugeII on top of the steering wheel.
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