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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.

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  • Troubleshooting Common Problems of the Chevrolet C1500 Headlight

    The headlights are without a doubt the most important set of lights in the Chevrolet C1500 pickup, so when it starts to show signs of trouble it should be addressed immediately. Chevrolet C1500 headlight problems manifest in a variety of ways; by determining the cause of these problems, it'll be a lot easier and faster for you to fix them. In this guide, we'll share some common problems associated with the headlights of the C1500 and how you can troubleshoot them.

    One headlight does not work

    Arguably the most common type of headlight failure, a single non-functioning bulb often means the bulb has burned out. Bulbs have a limited life, which range from 600 to 2,000 hours of use. Take out the bulb and look at the filament: if the filament has disintegrated or scorched or if the bulb housing has soot inside, the bulb has burnt out and needs to be replaced. But if the filament is intact, check the electrical connector at the back of the headlight assembly for signs of corrosion, damage, or loose connections.

    On the other hand, if your car has custom xenon or HID headlights, check the bulb and the high voltage igniter. Xenon and HID bulbs do not have a filament, so when it fails the cause its likely due to a cracked or leaking bulb or a faulty ignitor.

    Both headlights do not work

    If both headlights are not functioning, it most likely indicates that no power is reaching the headlights. First, open the fuse box at the driver's side of the dashboard and check the condition of the headlight fuse. If the metal strip inside the fuse is no longer in one piece, the fuse may have blown and is restricting the flow of voltage to the headlight. You should also check the headlight relay, module, switch, and wiring for damage or defects as these can also cause both headlights to fail.

    Headlights appear dim when revving the engine

    If the brightness of the headlight dips when you rev up the engine, there might be a problem with the alternator or its drive belt. Check the charging voltage while the engine is idling. As a rule, if the battery voltage is less than 13 volts, there is something wrong with your truck's charging system.