Chevrolet Malibu Headlight
Important Care and Maintenance Tips for Chevrolet Malibu Headlight
Many Chevrolet Malibu owners tend to put off the maintenance of their car's headlights, but this can actually be dangerous in the long run. Headlights require constant maintenance to slow down wear and avoid damage due to the elements, for when they break down it would make it dangerous to drive your vehicle at night.
Maintaining the Chevrolet Malibu headlight is not that difficult, so there's really no good excuse for you not to do it. And to give you a head start, here are some essential maintenance care and maintenance tips for you to learn:
- Restore faded and scratched headlights.
Most Chevrolet Malibu headlights are made of polycarbonate plastic that, although durable, can get foggy and scratched up over time because of exposure to the elements. And if left unattended, scratched headlights can lead to serious problems including a diffused beam to serious cracks on the lens.
There are many ways to restore faded and scratched headlights. Minor superficial damage, for instance, can usually be fixed by scrubbing the lens surface with toothpaste followed by a polishing compound. But for seriously deteriorated headlights, a headlight restoration kit might be a better choice.
- Check the headlight beam alignment and adjust if necessary.
While mechanics usually recommend realigning the headlights each time you replace your headlight bulb, we also recommend checking its alignment whenever the car carries a lot of weight. This is because the extra weight pushes down on the rear enough for it to cause the front end to tilt.
To check for and realign the headlight, park your car on a level surface and shine the headlights on a convenient fixed point in the ground. Ideally, once measured the headlight beam should be within 1/2 inches off the floor. If the beam is higher than that, use the adjuster on the headlight to center the beam.
- Always replace the bulbs in pairs.
Inevitably, the bulbs in your headlights will burn out in time and will require replacement. And once one of the headlight bulbs in your car do conk out, we recommend replacing both headlight bulbs. This is because the filament of headlight bulbs dims over time, and when the still-functioning bulb is used in tandem with a brand new bulb there would be a huge difference in the intensity of the beam. This same principle also applies to the other automotive lights found in your vehicle, so once any of the lights go out, be prepared to purchase a set rather than an individual unit.