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Chevrolet Cavalier Headlight

Proper Care and Maintenance Tips for Your Chevrolet Cavalier Headlight

Your Chevrolet Cavalier headlight keeps you safe on the road. It's designed to be tough but that's not enough to keep it from deteriorating over time. Give your headlight the extra love and care that it deserves. Take note of these tips to keep your Chevrolet Cavalier headlight well-maintained:

  • Clean your headlights regularly.

Cleaning and polishing your headlights on a regular basis will keep damage at bay. Use mild car cleaner or regular toothpaste to clean the dirt and grime off your lenses. After you've completely cleaned and dried off your headlights, buff it with a mild polish to keep it looking shiny and crisp. Be sure to use non-abrasive cloth to prevent scratching the lens.

  • Make sure the seals are in good condition.

Routinely check for holes on the headlight's seal and make sure that it still fits snugly around the edges. Doing this prevents water from seeping into and building up inside your headlight. If you find holes on the seals, cover them up using a silicone spray, but be sure not to get any of the material on the bulb. If the seals are already worn out beyond repair, replace them with a new one of the same size.

  • Avoid replacing just one bulb.

Over time, one of your headlights is likely to have its bulb busted. Keep in mind that even if you only have one broken bulb, it's still recommended to replace both of your bulbs to be sure that they both have the same brightness level.

  • Perform regular check-ups.

As always, keeping an eye out for any damage and fixing them as soon as you can is still the best way to avoid major headlight problems. Look for condensation, haze, cracks, scratches, and rust spots on your headlight assembly. Repairing these problems is an easy DIY task you can do at the comfort of your own home.

  • Put on headlight film covers.

Getting protective headlight films is an affordable way to lessen the damage brought by physical impact. These are available in various colors, so you also have the option to customize your ride. Get the specifications of your headlight to ensure that the cover you'll be getting will be a perfect fit. Install it when your headlights are clean and dry.

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  • Troubleshooting Common Chevrolet Cavalier Headlight Issues

    Headlights are probably one of the most important parts of your Chevrolet Cavalier. They don't contribute directly to your car's overall performance, but they play an important role in your vehicle's safety. Avoid accidents from happening by troubleshooting headlight issues before they get worse. Here are some of the most common Chevrolet Cavalier headlight problems you should watch out for:

    Headlights don't turn on

    If one of your headlights is not lighting up, you may have a burnt-out bulb. Inspect your broken headlight to see if the filament of its bulb is intact. If you see a gap in the middle, replace it with a new bulb of the same brightness level. If its filament looks fine, check the headlight's fuse and switch.

    In the event that both of your headlights don't turn on, it's possible that you have a faulty fuse. Consult your owner's manual to see where your car's fuse box is. After locating it, remove the headlight's fuse and check if its filament is in good condition. You can also use a multi-meter to check its impedance reading.

    Flickering

    A flickering headlight is very disturbing and dangerous not just for you but also for the other drivers on the road. This is usually caused by a loose bulb or a faulty electrical connection. If your headlights are flickering, the first and easiest thing you can do is to check if the bulb is placed firmly in the socket. If not, tighten it carefully.

    If loose bulb is not your problem, then the next thing you should do is to check if its electrical connections are not suffering from corrosion. You should also test the battery and alternator of your car using a voltmeter.

    Insufficient brightness

    There are many possible reasons why your Chevrolet Cavalier headlight is not giving you sufficient illumination on the road. First, it's possible that your headlight is dirty and foggy. Visually inspect your headlights for dirt or moisture inside and outside its housing. Clean off dirt with non-abrasive cleaning materials. Fix gaps and any imperfections on the seal if you found moisture inside the headlight.

    Another cause of poor headlight performance is incorrect aim. Locate the adjustment screws on your headlight's housing and carefully adjust it until it's aimed straight ahead. Parking 10 to 12 feet away from a wall will help you in properly assessing the beam's alignment.