Chevrolet C1500 Headlight
Helpful Maintenance Pointers You Can Use for the Chevrolet C1500 Headlight
Just because the headlights in your Chevrolet C1500 are working doesn't mean it's in good condition. Headlights can and will wear out over time, resulting in various problems such as faded beams, cloudy lenses, and, eventually, complete failure of the headlight itself.
Headlights will inevitably wear out and fail, but you can significantly extend their service life with proper use and periodic maintenance. In this guide, we'll share some quick and easy keeps on how to keep your Chevrolet C1500 headlight in good shape.
- Check for brightness.
The headlight bulb tends to dim over time, in which case it will require replacement with a new one. To check for brightness, park your truck five feet away from a wall or garage door and turn on the headlights. The beam should be a bright white color; if they seem yellow or dim, check both the bulbs and the lens and repair or replace them as necessary.
- Restore cloudy lenses with toothpaste.
Headlight lenses are made of polycarbonate plastic, which is both light and durable but the expense of becoming hazy from constant UV exposure. Thankfully, minor to moderate haze on the headlight lenses can be fixed with scrubbing it with toothpaste. Scrub the toothpaste onto the lens using a clean cloth, rinse off, and wipe dry. You can also use the same technique to fix minor scratches on the lens.
However, if the haze is too severe, you may need to use a headlight restoration kit to fix the problem. These kits are usually found in auto parts stores nowadays, and come with detailed instructions that vary from one manufacturer to another.
- Polish the headlights with buffing compound.
After the headlight has been washed, we recommend polishing the lens with a clear buffing compound. Aside from giving the lens an attractive sheen, buffing compound also helps minimize the presence of scratches and helps in repelling against dirt and moisture. Simply apply the compound onto the lens surface with a microfiber cloth and rub in a circular motion. Make sure that the lens surface is clean before starting, however, as dirt particles can leave new scratches or worsen existing ones.