Chevrolet K1500 Headlight
Pointers on Maintaining the Chevrolet K1500 Headlight
The headlight should be a mandatory inclusion in the maintenance checklist of any Chevrolet K1500 owner. It is an essential part of any vehicle as it makes driving at night or in similar low-light conditions a much safer one. Here are some tips on how to care for and maintain your Chevrolet K1500 headlight:
- Clean the headlight.
There are two basic ways you can clean Chevrolet K1500 headlights, which is either by glass cleaner or good ol' soap and water. Glass cleaner is faster as you will simply spray and wipe the lens surface dry. However, for a more thorough cleaning, washing the headlight lens with your preferred car shampoo and warm water is preferred.
- Keep an eye out for rust.
Although it is mostly made of plastic and glass, rust can also become a problem with headlights, particularly with the electrical contacts. Often caused by humid environments, rust can coat the inside of the socket and connectors, disrupting the flow of power to the headlight or even rendering the headlight socket useless.
Thankfully, corrosion on the sockets and other metal parts of the headlight is easy to spot. Minor rust spots can often be remedied by spraying it with electrical contact cleaner while heavier corrosion will require scraping off with a wire brush. However, if the component is already severely rusted, it might be better off getting it replaced.
- Restore faded lenses.
Headlight lenses are made of polycarbonate plastic, which is very lightweight, durable and scratch-resistant. However, polycarbonate also tends to fade over time, mostly caused by deterioration from UV rays.
If your truck's headlights are starting to fade, you might want to try brushing it with generic brand toothpaste first. Simply rub the toothpaste on the lens with a clean towel or rag and watch as the grime comes off. Rinse well with water. However, if the fading is particularly thick, you may need to use a commercial headlight restoration kit. Usually composed of abrasive agents, a polishing compound, and UV sealant, headlight restoration kits can make short work of foggy and yellowing fog lights but can be a bit pricey.