Chevrolet Equinox Headlight
Caring for and Maintaining the Chevrolet Equinox Headlight: 3 Essential Tips
The headlights are, without any doubt, the most important set of lights on the Chevrolet Equinox. Without them, you will be literally driving blind at night. Their key role in keeping your ride safe at low-light conditions is more than enough reason to keep these lights in top condition. Caring for and maintaining your Chevrolet Equinox headlight can help minimize wear and guarantee that you'll start your drive with the headlights in top form. Below are some tips on how to care for the headlights in your Equinox:
- Clean the headlights regularly and, if possible, by hand.
Whether it is dust, mud, or bug spatter, the headlight can get dirty pretty quickly. And aside from making your vehicle's front end ugly to look at, a dirty headlight will also lower visibility and speed up wear of the headlight assembly.
Once dirt starts to build up on the headlight lens, take the time to wash it by hand. While an automatic car wash can effectively clean the headlight lens, the brushes they use tend to be too stiff and leave scratches on the headlight lens. Use your preferred car shampoo and apply it onto the lens with a soft cloth or wash mitt. Rinse thoroughly and wipe it dry with a clean cloth to prevent water from seeping through the lens.
- Take note of a fading beam.
The halogen bulbs that come standard in Equinox headlights slowly burn out over time, and once the bulb is near its final paces it will start to emit a noticeably diminished beam. So once your headlights appear dimmer than normal, have the bulbs checked and replaced as necessary. Make sure not to touch the bulb directly, however, as direct contact with your skin can actually cause the bulb to overheat once its turned on and irreplaceably damage its housing.
- Clear up cloudy headlights with a bit of toothpaste.
On the other hand, faded headlight beams can also be caused by cloudy lenses. Constant exposure to the sun can cause the surface of the headlight's lens to deteriorate, resulting in a faded, yellowish appearance. If the fading is not that severe, try applying toothpaste onto the lens and rub it with a microfiber cloth. The abrasive compounds on the toothpaste should scrape away the damaged lens surface for a cleaner and brighter look.