Tonight was the first time I've driven Abby the Abarth at night, plus some rain and she was great! But I did notice that when you engage the brights there is a loud clunk...I'd like to think thats normal...is it?
This is entirely normal. The projector headlamps do NOT have a seperate filament for high and low beams. They use a single filament halogen bulb and a mechanical 'shutter' to cut off the top of the beam to provide the 'low beam' and the clunk you hear is the shutter either moving out of the way so the full brightness or the lamp 'high beam' can pass through or moving back into place to go back to 'low beam'.So I noticed tonight while flashing my brights to say hi to a family member, there was a loud clicking noise and a weird thumping i could feel on the floor. Does it do this for anyone else and should I take it to my studio?
Our cars have bi-level projector headlamps, and yes, they will make a mechanical "clunk" like every other vehicle that has these does. The Ford F150 with bi-xenon headlights clunks just like a Lexus with bi-halogen or bi-xenon headlamps does just as our Fiats do.I'm now having the same issue. To me its unacceptable. I should not hear a clunk from my headlight in the cab of my car when switching to high beams. Is this just a design flaw with the 500? Will the studio do anything if I take it in?
HID or not the clunk will always remain. As I jokingly (but sort of seriously) stated above...just turn the radio volume up!Thanks for the info. The studio in Downtown Orlando was able to pretty much tell me the same thing. To my surprise they even offered to replace my headlights for free to make me feel better. But ill be swapping out to HIDs shortly so it might be pointless. But still the offer made me feel better about the service department.