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Chevrolet Colorado Fog Light

Spotting the Problems on Your Chevrolet Colorado Fog Light

Driving through thick fog can throw even the most experienced driver off-guard. A thick blanket of mist can pose hazards to motorists. You'll need better illumination to see the road, and this is where your Chevrolet Colorado fog light comes in. Angled downward toward the road, this fog light reduces glare, making driving a lot easier. Unfortunately, a fog light is prone to early wear and tear because it's always exposed to the harsh elements in the environment. Below are some of the things you might have experienced with the fog lights on your pickup truck:

Used-up bulbs

Exhausted bulbs are one of the first things that you need to check when one of your fog lights does not work. Just like with any other type of automotive lighting, burnt-out bulbs need to be replaced immediately to make the fog light work again. Check the bulbs for any sign of darkening near the base. You also need to unscrew the bulbs from their sockets to check if filaments inside are still intact.

Faulty electrical wirings

Fog lights are connected to your pickup truck's battery. If your fog lights do not work, and you've already ruled out a burnt-out bulb problem, you need to check your vehicle for loose or damaged electrical wirings. Loose connections are easier to troubleshoot. By gently tugging on the wires, you'll know which ones are not fastened properly. However, damaged wirings are a little trickier to deal with. Frayed wires should only be dealt with experienced DIY-ers. Additionally, check the fuse inside the fuse box to see if the metal strip inside it is not burnt or broken. If it's damaged, replace it with a new fuse that has the same amperage as the old one.

Fog lens scratches

Fog lights sit low on all vehicles, making them susceptible to scratches from stone chips and from other sharp objects on the road. Light scratches can be easily rubbed off by using any kind of toothpaste or jeweler's rouge. However, deeper scuffs may require a more vigorous buffing or sanding off. Replacement of the fog light housing might be needed if the damage is too great to fix.

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  • Simple Tips to Make Your Chevrolet Colorado Fog Light Last Longer 27 February 2013

    Your Chevrolet Colorado fog light is made to help you drive safely through thick mists. Fog lights reduce the reflection from the headlights, making it easier for you to see what's ahead of you on the road. Although fog lights are built tough to withstand changes in weather and temperature, they are not impervious to wear and tear. Keep the fog lights on your truck in excellent condition with these tips:


    Replace burnt-out bulbs.

    Burnt-out bulbs are often the reason why fog lights do not work. The bulbs do not go off at the same time, so you might need to replace only one or two bulbs at an occasion. However, it might be best to replace all the bulbs at once even if they haven't burned out yet. Eventually, all the other bulbs will burn out, and you don't want to drive on the road with one of your fog lights out. When purchasing replacement bulbs, make sure that the new ones have the same wattage as the old bulbs.


    Regularly check the fuses and electrical wirings.

    The fog lights on your truck won't turn on if one of the fuses is burnt or broken. Check your fog light fuses for early signs of damage and replace them before they completely malfunction. Moreover, you need to inspect if corrosion has formed on the electrical connectors. Oxidation can hamper electricity flow from the battery to the fog lights. When that happens, the fog lights on your truck won't turn at all.


    Clean the fog light cover.

    Like with any other automotive lighting, the fog light cover attracts plenty of dirt on the road. Dirt buildup on the fog light cover reduces the illumination that the fog light emits. Use a clean rag and an automotive cleaner to wipe off the dirt from the fog light cover.


    Install fog light guards.

    The fog lights' position on a vehicle makes them susceptible to a lot of wear and tear. The covers, especially, sustain plenty of scrapes from objects on the road. Installing fog light guards reduces the scratches and breaks on fog light covers.